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  • Levitating superconductor
    New material presents possibility of high-temperature superconductors
    A team of researchers led by Kosmas Prassides of Tokohu University has discovered a new material with an unusual set of properties. It can exhibit the properties of an insulator, a superconductor, a metal, a magnet, and a new state of matter.The...
  • Tutoring 2015
    Reflections on being a tutor and the varying needs of students
    One of my earliest pieces for the Examiner reflected on my adventures in tutoring for the Northern Virginia Tutoring Service. It was titled; The Keys to Learning College Level Chemistry. Two years later tutoring high school Chemistry continues to...
  • Easy and fun science projects for young children
    Easy and fun science projects for young children
    Spring is here. Are you ready to combat couch potato boredom with the deftness of a ninja fresh out of training?Studies show that children who are exposed to stem education when they are young perform better in science and math classes during...
  • How you actually lose weight
    How you actually lose weight
    Many people have a lot of misconceptions about how you lose weight, although it is one thing that Americans stress over on a daily basis. The obesity rates are overwhelming, yet not many people actually know true facts about how a person actually...
  • Pest Control Inspection
    Become a Pest Control Specialist
    Oh, to have Arnold Schwarzenegger help you battle the pests that infiltrate your building and back yard! But wait a minute - he’s “The Terminator!” You need a pest exterminator.Better still, how about making a career of pest...
  • Ancient bottles of alcohol
    Scientists analyze what 170 year old beer pulled from a shipwreck tastes like
    When you pull a case of 170 year old beer out of an ancient shipwreck of course you have to taste it. At least that’s what the Finnish divers who recovered some ancient beer back in 2010 thought. They immediately regretted their decision to...
  • Percy Julian
    A black history month reflection on Percy Julian
    My last black history month reflection will focus on Percy Julian. Though honored with his own postal stamp in 1993, the name Percy Julian didn’t register in my mind until the annual conference for the National Organization for Black...
  • Compounded board game
    'Compounded' Board Game Not Your Typical Laboratory
    Dice Hate Me Games have taken some of the piece-it-together dynamics of 2012 Mensa Select Seal winner Pastiche and dialed them up a notch. Whereas Pastiche’s academic pursuit was in the field of art, Compounded takes a very different tack...
  • Chris Duggan of Plaid Brixx
    Interview: Plaid Brixx on band's debut EP, comparing music scenes
    When it came time for Plaid Brixx to write their debut EP, singer/songwriter Chris Duggan logically turned to a recent break up for inspiration. However, instead of angry break up songs, he approached the songwriting from a different angle, one of...
  • New Pyrotechnics
    New Pyrotechnics
    New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, concerts … all seem to use pyrotechnics. But, aren’t they getting a little old? We need something new! We need a new type of pyrotechnics!That means we need someone to finish that chemistry degree...
  • Sokobond Chemistry Puzzle
    Sokobond: Chemistry meets puzzles in a fabulous way
    With a name as clever as the puzzles themselves, Sokobond promises much, and is able to deliver. Don’t dismiss it simply because science is involved – those lacking chemical knowledge may actually get more out of the game. As puzzle...
  • The Biochemistry of Hydrangea Color Change
    The Biochemistry of Hydrangea Color Change
    The hydrangea has long ranked as a popular garden staple for its range of color, its sizable "snowball" shape, and abundance of blossoms that are long-lasting. Landscapers cultivate them almost ubiquitously to make gardens look bountiful...
  • Happy National Mole Day:  Celebrating chemistry
    National Mole Day: Celebrating chemistry
    Have you heard the news? According to an AccuWeather report published on Oct. 22, a special day of the year is almost here and Americans are ready to celebrate! Oct. 23 is National Mole Day in the U.S.A! While National Mole Day could celebrate the...
  • Bacterium discovered that destroys major pollutants
    Bacterium discovered that destroys major pollutants
    Many of the world’s most deadly pollutants like dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) owe their long life to the halogens in the chemicals. Professor David Leys and colleagues from the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of...
  • Sweet Science
    The Sweet Side of Chemistry comes to the Children's Discovery Museum
    Lollipops, chocolate bars and gumdrops, oh my! Do you have a sweet tooth? Does the thought of candy make you weak in the knees? If so, then this year's Family Chemistry Day at the Children's Discovery Museum will be right up your alley.The...
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