Q: What did copper say to other metals when they finished their meeting?

A: Cu
K.S. Nagabhushana


When the ice melts in Greenland!

You may have observed that when you leave an ice cube outside, it starts to melt and turn into water. This is because the temperature outside your freezer is much higher. Imagine then what the effect of global warming will be to those places that are full of ice. One such place is Greenland, which has lost 1500 cubic kilometres between the year 2000 and 2008.

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Discovering carbohydrates!

Carbohydrates are organic compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The proportion between the hydrogen and oxygen in this is the same as it is in water. Plants produce carbohydrates by the process of photosynthesis.

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An alternative to plastic - smart mud

Plastic plays an important role in our lives. From the toothbrush that you use in the morning to the alarm clock you set at night, it is very likely that you use some plastic everyday. Japanese scientists have now discovered a new substance that promises to be a possible alternative to plastic.

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A fresh look at fresh water

We use a lot of water in our daily for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitary purposes. Today we are facing a water shortage. It has been estimated that by 2050 almost a third of the people on our planet will not have access to this resource.

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The promise of pasteurization

It is common practice for us to boil a glass of milk before having it. Did you know that this practice has its origins in Chemistry and the benefits of which was first discovered by the French chemist Louis Pasteur.

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The chemistry of photographic film

Taking a picture is such a simple thing these days. Everyone seems to have a digital camera. If not, most mobile phones come with cameras. Yet in the beginning photography was as much a science as it was an art. The invention of film is where the chemistry and physics of photography collide.

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Fruity facts about carboxylic acid

Do you remember the amazing refreshing feeling of a glass of lemonade on a hot summer's day? You may have noticed the sharp sour taste of the lemonade. This tartness is a result of carboxylic acids. This is an organic acid that is found in a variety of fruits including grapes, lemons and vinegar.

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The promise of penicillin

Antibiotics are so common today that we take them for granted. Whenever we fall ill or get injured the doctor gives us an antibiotic to fight diseases and prevent infections. One of the first antibiotics discovered by man was Penicillin. It was discovered by Alexander Fleming, and is a drug that has been widely adopted and has lead to the development of other successful antibiotics.

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Cutting down on coal

Our country is highly dependent on coal, as a major source of power. Today with growing environmental awareness, India has vowed to reduce its coal emissions with new power plants using clean coal technologies.

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The making of moth balls

Moth balls are small balls of chemical pesticide used to protect your clothes against moths. The vapour of the moth ball, that smells pleasant to humans, kills both moths and moth larvae. Mothballs are highly toxic and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

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