chemicals

Sulfuric Acid Drain Cleaner Vs. Wet Sponge

This is a battle between a sulfuric-acid based drain cleanser and a wet sponge. SPOILER: The sponge loses (although technically the acid is actually reacting with the...
June 29, 2011

Homemade Fireworks!: Gummi Bear + KClO3

This is an old-ass video of the magic that happens when you drop a gummi bear into potassium chlorate. Now we could talk about the science behind...
October 1, 2010

Crayola Chemistry: The Chemicals Of Colors

Etsy seller QueInteresante is selling sticker sets that adhere to Crayola crayons and display the chemical compounds that make up a particular color. Note: the crayons don't...
August 30, 2010

The Periodic Table Of Star Wars Elements

Note: Full size version of the table Hr (that's the elemental symbol for Here!). Since everybody seems to have a raging Jedi boner over the 30th anniversary...
May 23, 2010

I Need Some!: Mercury(II) Thiocyanate

Mercury Thiocyanate used to be made into "Pharoah's Serpent" fireworks similar to the "black snake" tablets you light and watch grow into a crusty snake. Unfortunately, it...
March 22, 2009

Uh-Oh: Nanobots To Take Over The World

Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyah, of the National Institute of Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, has developed a chemical "brain" capable of controlling nanobots. This "brain", soon to be...
March 11, 2008

Self-Healing Rubber Sticks Back Together

Ludwik Leibler is a chemistry professor in Paris that has created an artificial rubber substance that can stick back together with the same strength it had prior...
February 22, 2008