Q: Why will the successor to the world's cheapest car be called Sodium Nitrite?

A: Because it's NaNo2!


Artificial Leaves

Did you know that just one-thousandth of the sun's light that reaches the earth could satisfy all of humanity's energy nine times over? What if we capture this energy cheaply? Perhaps, artificial leaves are the answer?

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Video: Heavy Water

Heavy water is made of a heavier isotope of hydrogen called deuterium. But is it really heavier than water? Here's a video that finds out.

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Video: Chocolates and Roses

We like it so much when we are given chocolates and roses as gifts. Here's a video that tells you about the chemistry that makes them so pleasant.

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Why is salt used to thaw ice?

Have you seen people sprinkling salt over snow in the winter? (You might have seen it on TV) It's used to keep the roads free of snow. It's also the way to make ice-cream!

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Video: Silver Mirror

Do you know that the reflecting side of a mirror is made of silver? Here's a video that shows you how to make one!

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Why do confection products use invert sugar?

Who doesn't like boiled sweets? The translucent colours and shapes, and the sweet seeping into the tongue as you suck on the sweet. So why not have a look into how they are made?

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The Hydrogen Economy

Today, we rely on carbon-based fuels for almost all our energy needs. Coal is used for electricity and petroleum products for moving vehicles. But these cause pollution and global warming. Many scientists and economists have suggested moving to a hydrogen-based economy.

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Why is boric powder used in carrom boards?

Say 'acid' and what's the image that comes to mind? A fuming liquid inside a glass jar, too dangerous to handle. We don't think of boric acid, do we? But it's among the most useful chemicals to have around the house!

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What makes Teflon non-sticky?

Ever tried to make an omelette in an ordinary frying pan? Did it stick to the pan and give you a hard time getting it off, right? That's why we use Teflon-coated non-stick pans. Let's see what is non-stick about it.

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The History of Gold Mining

Gold has always fascinated humans. There are poems about it, as much as there were wars about it. Let's look at the history of how humans have sought this shiny metal.

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