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.
By: Shawn Wells
Everyone comes into contact with a wide range of chemicals on a daily basis, many of which they may be unaware even exist. Some are completely benign and pose no harm. But many others may have adverse health affects. Until exposure to any of these...
By: Aunica Steele
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a major component of modern conveniences. According to bisphenol-A.org, it is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, which comprise DVDs, electronics, cars, paint, adhesives, and food and beverage containers. It is this last application of BPA that...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Imagine an airplane healing itself when it endured a crack in its structure or else the tire of a vehicle healing itself to prevent wear. Could these be possible? Or are they just fantasies? For the scientists who are involved in the research of &lsquo...
What is taurine?
By: Lisa Carey
You may recognize the word 'taurine' from seeing it on the label of many different types of energy drink cans such as RedBull or Monster, but what is taurine and what does it do for your body? First, contrary to urban legend, taurine is not...
By: Patrick Boniface
“Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason Will ever be forgot”. Only the English would celebrate a complete and utter failure in such style and with such passion as we do Guy Fawkes Night...
By: Alison Bowler
Obtaining valuable treatments for infection from our natural environment is well known, after all penicillin came from a fungus. This is an overview of a study to find fungicidal agents in scorpion venom. Fungi capable of causing disease in plants, known as phytopathogenic fungi, are...
By: Fate Tertium
From the polymers in baby diapers to paint and paper, the list of common household items that are manufactured using acrylic acid is endless. Ever since acrylic acid was first used to produce superabsorbent polymers that can absorb up to 100 times their own weight...
Fungicidal chemicals from scorpion venom
By: R. Renee Bembry
Scientific experimentation on means for using scorpion venom in agriculture could lead to products that would be more environmentally friendly than current fungicidal chemicals. Scientists have already been searching for one or more catalysts that would enable them to produce pesticides using scorpion venom. Potentially...
By: Fate Tertium
For many years, diesel has been overshadowed by petroleum as the dominant vehicle fuel. Despite having a higher energy density than gasoline (engines that run on diesel are nearly 30% more efficient than gasoline based engines), the pollutants released by diesel, which include several known...
By: Christy Rose
Epsom salts have many uses. They can be used to help swelling go down when the swollen place is soaked with Epsom salts and water. They can be used to help your garden grow better by adding nutrients to the soil. They can also be...

 

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