Chemistry

Every moment of every day, chemistry plays a part in all we experience. This branch of the Helium network humbly attempts to illuminate the vast array of chemical knowledge, making it accessible to all. Let our site inform, inspire, and awe you with chemical wonders.
What is graphene and how is it made?
By: Randa Morris
First discovered in 2004, graphene's existence was first demonstrated with a simple experiment involving a graphite block and a piece of sticky tape. The tape was applied to the block and a single sheet of graphene was lifted, proving once and for all that the...
By: Gene Patterson
You put Helium into a balloon and watch it go. Or suck it into your mouth and laugh as it changes the pitch of your voice until you sound like one of the “Chipmunks”. But where does this light gas come from? ♦ What...
By: Gene Patterson
If you are a believer in Greek mythology you could say that Helium comes from the God Helios who was the god of Sun and eventually deposed by Zeus. ♦ Where does Helium come from: Reality This linking to the creation of the universe is...
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Science is fun and exciting. It is important to get students interested in figuring out that science is “not hard” but a simple learning game. One of the best ways to get students interested in science is to pair it with something they find...
By: Ben Herd
Making a battery out of fruit may sound completely ludicrous, but it is absolutely possible and is often demonstrated in chemistry classes in schools. So long as the fruit chosen to act as the battery is a citrus fruit, meaning that it is acidic, the...
By: Ben Herd
A borax snowflake is an artificially grown snow flake used for decoration, which will sparkle like the real thing but won’t melt. Just like with a real snow flake, the borax powder, which is made from a natural mineral called sodium borate and is...
By: Gene Patterson
Tips for making candy glass. If you have ever seen someone thrown through a pane of glass in a movie chances are it was candy glass. This fun confection is actually quite easy to make. ♦ What you need to make candy glass ♦ The...
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
Can fruit really be used to make a battery? Would it work with all fruits? Well, let’s get some things together and see what we know and what we can learn.Batteries are gadgets that are designed to store chemical energy. When the energy...
By: Tarek Musslimani
In the later part of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century the structure of the atom was not completely understood. After the discovery of the negatively charged particle that is called the electron and the discovery of the positively charged particle...
By: Ben Herd
Almost everyone has inhaled the helium from a balloon at some point or another, and then roared with laughter as we all sound like Alvin from the Chipmunks cartoon program. So imagine the fun deep sea divers must have as they breathe a mixture which...

 

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