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Why is hydrogen peroxide stored in dark bottles?

You may have noticed that the hydrogen peroxide in your school laboratory is always stored in a dark tinted bottle. Ever wondered why?

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The chemistry of rocketry

For a long time man has aspired to reach the stars. Rockets have taken man to the moon and back. Today one of the most spectacular sights to see is the billows of white clouds that accompany a shuttle lift off. It's time to learn about the basic chemistry behind rocketry.

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The magic of morphine

Morphine is a drug that is used as an anaesthetic. It is derived from opium and it affects the central nervous system relieving pain.

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Colourful seashells

She sells sea shells on the sea shore. You might have heard this tongue twister before. You may even have collected shells from the beach before. But have you ever wondered how these spectacular sea shells get their beautiful colours?

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Keeping things dry

We often find small sachets in the packaging of expensive electronic equipment like cameras or cell phones. These little packets contain substances called desiccants, which are used to ensure everything stays dry.

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Looking back at the thermometer

Every once in a while we fall sick. Our parents use a thermometer to check how sick we are or if we are pretending so that we don't need to go to school. This little instrument is very reliable in telling how warm we really are.

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A flash of light

Taking photographs is always fun. But when the sun goes down and there is hardly any light, it is difficult to take a photo. Today this is no longer a problem with the invention of camera flash.

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Colouring Easter Eggs

By Dr. Nagabhushana K S

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What happens when things get cold?

Heat and cold are two important factors that are critical for most chemical reactions. In science, the absolute zero temperature of a substance varies from the zero degree that you see on your thermometer.

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The history of pitchblende

Pitchblende, also known as Uraninite, is a uranium rich mineral. This mineral forms one of the primary ores of uranium, containing almost 50 to 80 percent of it.

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