If you like action films, you might watch the hero battle all the villains, and remain unhurt even though the villains are firing hundreds of bullets at him. He's wearing a bullet-proof jacket, but how does that work?
Next time you drink a glass of water, try cleaning it with a piece of rubber. There will still be a thin film of water left on the glass. Now look at how a car's windshield wiper works. How does that clean off the water, though it is made of rubber too?
Today, advances in science are made in well-furnished research institutes, such as the Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre. Did you know that one of the earliest research institutes was the House of Wisdom in Baghdad?
Today, clothes of all colours cost the same. But did you know that a few generations ago, the cost depended on the colour of the cloth? This was because dyes were expensive to obtain. Tyrian Purple was a dye so expensive that only kings could afford it!
In the final of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, you must have watched Spain hold aloft the golden Cup itself. So we thought it would be apt to share a video explaining the chemistry behind the making of the cup!
Almost everything we use today - plastics, medicines, synthetic fabrics - is made by some chemical process or the other. Many of these require organic solvents like benzene or acetone, which are environmental pollutants. How nice would it be if there was a way to make these useful things without needing harmful solvents?