Category Archives: Chemistry

The study of matter and elements; learn how matter works.

Borax Bead And Flame Tests

You can perform simple qualitative analysis to detect certain metals in various substances using borax bead, and flame tests. The inoculating loop for these tests is very easy to make. Continue reading…

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COMSOL Conference Bypasses Paywall Publishing


Instantly browse over 700 papers, posters, and presentations on multiphysics simulation. This brand new multiphysics resource contains ground-breaking applications from research, engineering, and industry. Continue reading…

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Getting Information on Chemicals

Suppose you needed to know something about a chemical. What is it’s boiling point? Melting point? Flash point? How toxic is it? What is the best way to store it? What do you do if it is toxic and someone is accidentally exposed to it? Continue reading…

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A Simply Constructed Gas Generator

Figure 3. Completely assembled gas generator and wash bottle. (click image to enlarge)

Among the automatic gas generators on the market there are few within reach of the average experimenter. To meet this condition, Prof. C. D. Dilts has recently developed a generator which may be easily and cheaply constructed. Continue reading…

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DIY Titration Lab Ware

Titration is the process of determining the unknown concentration of a solution by adding a known amount of a solution with a known concentration. For example, in an acid-base titration, you can determine the unknown concentration of an acid in a solution by adding a base solution of known concentration. Continue reading…

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Make Your Own Sodium

For the amateur who would like to experiment with this reactive metal a pound is a rather large quantity to keep on hand or dispose of safely. Continue reading…

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Sixty-one percent of open-access science journals accept hilariously flawed ‘paper’

Science reported that a fake article that “[a]ny reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted” had been placed in 61 percent of the 304 open-access journals it had been submitted to. Continue reading…

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Airship Hindenburg: Experimental study of the involvement of the outer covering paint (dope) in the disastrous final fire

A theory that has gained wide popular acceptance proposes that the paint on the fabric covering of the Hindenburg, rather than its highly flammable hydrogen gas, was both the source of ignition and the driving force behind the conflagration. Continue reading…

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The Citizen Scientist, Way Back When

Some of you may know that in the beginning, there was The Citizen Scientist, an electronic newsletter of the Society for Amateur Scientists. Continue reading…

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How to Blow Soap Bubbles That Last for Months or Even Years

Figure 1: A. V. Grosse's design for a bubble pipe with a moisture trap

ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO I blew a big soap bubble inside a glass jug and put the jug on a bookshelf. The bubble is still there, iridescent and shimmering. It may last for years. Continue reading…

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