Museum of Science and Industry


When poking around the Smithsonian Museum’s extensive collection of children’s chemistry sets, you’ll find an archive of toys that represents over a century of scientific discovery for aspiring young chemists. First adapted from the portable kits used by scientists and college students during the 18th and 19th centuries, the sets became a must-have in any American toy box by the 1920s.

Over the last hundred years the...

Fear!

By Mark
October 25, 2012

Earlier in National Chemistry Week, we mentioned this year's Nobel winners for chemistry and their work on the body's receptors for fear and other signals. Just in time for Halloween, here's more on how your system handles scares …

If you’re like me (and most other living creatures), you don’t like being scared. Since it is a survival mechanism, fear is designed to be unpleasant. It activates our emotions and puts our bodies on high alert. Ever wonder what is really happening inside your body...

It's National Chemistry Week! Here's another sweet bit of seasonal chemistry…

As children who go trick-or-treating will probably agree, the best part about Halloween is the candy. But here's something you might not have known: candy is all about chemistry! It takes a lot of science to make the color, flavor, and texture of your candy just right. Check out this cool clip from the...

In case you missed it, Popular Science spent a few weeks profiling college laboratories where talented students are getting the opportunity to add to important academic research, learn about and prepare for highly skilled careers in the sciences, and, best of all, blow stuff up.

Popular Science’s series "The Labs that Go Boom" features ten awesome laboratories and their work, providing an interesting look not...

Catch any of the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing over the past few weeks? Did you wonder why there were jars of peanuts all over mission control? You may not believe it, but our very own NASA has a whole list of traditions that they like to follow when launching things into space. From peanuts to


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