Chemistry is the science of matter and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. In this section, learn about everyday chemistry, from chlorine beach to helium, and even why chocolate turns gray.
You might wonder what phosphates do, but they are so intrinsic to our daily lives that the question really is: What don't phosphates do?
Tungsten's hardness and heat resistance make it a must for products like rocket engine nozzles, armor-piercing bullets and even the humble light bulb filament. In fact, pure tungsten boils at 10,030 F, the same as the photosphere of the sun.
Terpenes are the aromatic organic compounds found in nature that give us many of our favorite fragrances. They are also known to have surprising health benefits.
Don't know your fool's gold from the real deal? We'll tell you how to tell what's pyrite (aka fool's gold) and the good ol' 24 karat stuff you want.
There's some serious chemistry behind the flavor in your favorite brew and esters are the compounds responsible for it.
The two different types of alcohol are commonly used in hand sanitizer today. But does one work better than the other?
Electrons are attracted to some atoms more than others. If two atoms are of equal strength, the electrons will be equally shared. If one atom is stronger, the electrons will be pulled in that atom's direction.
Diatomic elements are molecules composed of only two atoms, every time, always. There are only seven of them on the entire periodic table.
Denatured alcohol is useful for lots of things, but drinking definitely isn't one of them.
Bismuth is a naturally occurring element with many applications in our daily lives, but even more than that, it looks amazing when it cools!
It's an odorless gas that's present in a variety of home products, cosmetics, car exhaust and even humans. But is it bad for us?
Making chemical compounds is a lot like dating. Some ions are naturally compatible; others hook up out of desperation.
Long-banned in the U.S., except for religious purposes, peyote is starting to be decriminalized in some cities. But is that a good thing for this endangered plant?
You don't need to be a fan of chemistry to appreciate isotopes. They affect geology and medicine, too.
Award-winning poet and fiction writer Mary Soon Lee has found a charming way to combine science and poetry in a refreshing new take on the periodic table of elements.
Borax, a popular addition to laundry detergents and slime recipes, is a natural ingredient that has been getting flack for possibly being harmful to children. But is this true?
If you've ever had a half-frozen beer explode on you, you know that yes, alcohol freezes — but not all types freeze at the same rate. We'll let you in on the secrets to frozen alcoholic delights.
It’s the ultimate cheat sheet for science class — and it’s right there hanging on the wall. What do you really know about the indispensable periodic table of elements?
The story of how the first new blue pigment in 200 years was discovered and took its place in the crayon box.
We hold our nose and investigate.
Why do most of us start relaxing as soon as we smell lavender or vanilla? Is it the memories they conjure up or is there a chemical reason?
You probably have a bottle of the stuff at your house. Have you ever seen it come in any color bottle besides brown?
The Trump administration quietly changed the rules on asbestos use in the U.S. What does that mean?
Scientists have developed a blood test that can give an approximate age of a person within an hour.
It's a force of habit to shake spray canisters, but when it comes to canned air, that inclination could cause frostbite.