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    Clementine Candle

    Kids, did you know that you don't always need a wick and wax to make a candle? All you need for this alternative is a clementine and some olive oil. The clementine acts as a natural wick for the oil. A candle works by vaporizing wax or oil by burning, via a chemical reaction that produces water and ...

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    Chameleon Eggs

    Kids, have you seen those drinks with the floating edible eggs or beads in them? You can apply chemistry to make edible eggs or beads, and you can even make them change color. You’ll need: 1 tablespoon sodium alginate 1 tablespoon sugar 1-2 teaspoons baking soda 1 can frozen concentrat...

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    Bio-Bag Experiments

    Kids, what kind of trash bag breaks down fastest? As you probably know, trash is a weighty (pun intended) topic in this country. With only so much landfill space available, chemists and environmentalists are looking to other means of disposing trash. Most of the plastic bags in landfills are not env...

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    Make Fake Snow

    Kids, did you ever wonder why the snow in movies never seems to melt? You too can make a version of fake “Hollywood” snow using a common polymer. The fake snow is non-toxic, feels cool to the touch, lasts for days, and looks similar to the real thing. All you need is water and the poly...

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    Magical Microfiber

    Kids, what makes a microfiber cloth so good at picking up dust and water? Believe it or not, it’s chemistry behind the magic. Here are some tests to determine the quality of a microfiber towel or cloth. All you need are some different brands of microfiber cleaning cloths, a paper towel, and...

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    The Chemical Bulletin - January 2011 to December 2011

    2011 December 2011 December - Low Resolution 2011 November 2011 November - Low Resolution 2011 October 2011 September 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January

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    Slime Gone Wild

    Kids, what is it about slime that captivates everyone? There are so many slime varieties available now that I challenge you to create your very own. Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing. Please note: All chemicals and experiments can entail an element of risk, and no exper...

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    Midwest/Great Lakes Joint Regional ACS Meeting

    October 19-22, 2011 Sheraton Westport Chalet, Awards recognizing outstanding members throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions will be presented at the meeting. Please nominate volunteers within the Chicago section for the two awards with September 1 nomination deadlines. Online fillable no...

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    A Glowing Skull

    Kids, Halloween is the perfect time of year to try out spooky mad scientist projects. With some laundry detergent you can make a glow-in-the dark skull that you can put on your sidewalk or window that will be invisible during the day but will glow at night. Materials liquid laundry detergent or ...

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    International Year of Chemistry

    Kids, The International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) is already half over! It’s been a great year so far and there’s more to come. This recognition for chemistry was made official by the United Nations in December 2008. Please note: All chemicals and experiments can entail an element o...

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