In the book Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., there is a chemical compound called Ice-nine....
from Valrico, Florida
At a bar a fellow was doing a bar trick in which he asked anyone for a piece of foil from:...
Heather M. Jones
I would really appreciate it if someone could help me make sense of T. S. Eliot's chemistry analogy...
from the Internet
Is there a way to make a simple smoke bomb that isn't poisonous or harmful? How would I be able to...
Is water from a dehumidifier de-ionized? The owner's manual for my car suggests that engine coolant...
from Long Beach
Do you know of any analysis or test data available to show that aluminum will not spark if struck...
In my science 9 class we recently had a discussion about physical and chemical changes. Here is the...
Why does an ice cube melt faster in tap water than salt water?
When seperating hydrogen and oxygen from water by using electricity is there a safe way to contain...
Why does lemon prevent the browning of apples? When browning of apples is caused by a reaction with...
How does dish soap work to clean dishes?
Why does water reach its maximum density at +4C instead of 0C? Why is water's density greater than...
from Timmins, Ontario Canada
My son, age 12 is asking for a chemistry set for Christmas. This is an area that has always...
Why doesn't a neon sign finally "run out" of exited atoms and produce dimmer and dimmer light?
from Kingston, ONTARIO, CANADA
We have an older pop machine at work with canned soft drinks. Sometimes, when a pop is opened that...
from Markham, Ontario, Canada, Amérique du Nord
I was and I still am wondering if there are any really complex questions that even scientists...
If matter expands when heated, and contracts when cooled, why does ice expand when water freezes? ...
from Cold Spring
Why does phenolphthalein turn pink with a base? I know it has something to do with light, but i...
What do paper and plastic bags degrade to? How much does it cost to make a paper and plastic bag?
I heard that if you set fire to methylated spirit, it will catch fire, but nothing around it will...
What is sugar?
An anonymous reader
What are water's special qualities, and how do they work?
from United Kingdom
Why does vitamin C not work as well if it has been heated?
I know it is an acid. Does it turn in to...
Does a magnetic and/or electric field have an affect on water’s ability to flow (if you can't...
My question: How will they produce plastics, tires, roads or anything that is made from oil, once...
Why does salt melt ice?
Why is it that a difference in the number of electrons in an atom makes a completely different kind...
from St.john's, NL
Ethanol is the focus of many tax dollars these days. It seems to me that the burning of any...
The name for gas written on CNG filling station is octane. There are other members in the alkane...
What are the components of a fever strip and the chemical principles behind it?
How is aspartame synthesized (theoretically and within industrial processes)?
from Las Vegas
What type of salt melts ice the quickest?
I have had some alkaline batteries (AAA, and AA) that have leaked. These batteries were in a TV...
from Canberra Australia
Some shampoo is coloured in the bottle (purple or green) etc, why when you lather it up in your...
What it the chemical composition of styrofoam? What raw material is the styrofoam made off?
For some reason, it is common knowledge in this community that when subjected to cold, hot water...
How do "bath bombs" work? Why do they fizz when placed in water?
I recently removed some mercury from a thermostat and I've been told by my teacher that to touch it...
from Salem, VA
I am doing a research project on the strength of different batteries. Is there a cheap way to test...
from Washougal, WA
I spilled some iodine disinfectant on my vinyl tile floor. As an old chemist, the only chemical I...
Most often, your question can be answered by going to the following areas
If you have a different question, please search our archives
If your question has not already been answered, you may Ask-a-Scientist.
Created by the science.ca team, Copyright © 2001, 2015 GCS Research Society. Visitor agreement.