Musical Love Chemistry

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What better way to say “I love you” than with a song about the chemical nature of your feelings?

‘Scrabble’ Meets the Periodic Table in ‘Elemensus’

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Hands up, who has ever tried to make words from the elements on the periodic table? It’s a game that most people who have ever spent time in a science lab have played at some point, and Elemensus has evolved the concept into a fully fledged board game that will have you tearing your hair out trying to think of a word that incorporates the chemical symbol for lead or magnesium.

Blue to Pink: The Magic Chemistry of Violet Flower Tea

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Make violet flower tea, which is blue. Add lemon juice and it turns pink! Why? My daughter made me this beautiful and magical drink for Mother’s Day, but then her chemistry teacher made her figure out why the color change happened. It’s anthocyanins (but still magical.)

YouTube is the New Substitute Teacher

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School, like most of everyday life, is at times boring and occasionally a waste of time. We can place blame for that squarely upon the education system and teachers, or share it with parents if we’d like to keep diplomacy in the PTA. But although it’s true that the adults who shape and deliver education as we know it are largely responsible for what we

Carnival of Chemistry

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I love living in a university town! My kids get a lot of great chances for supplemental learning because of where we live, and this November was no exception, with our annual Carnival of Chemistry. The Kansas University Chemistry Club (Rock CaCO3 Jayhawk!) puts on this regional, accessible science event for children. My son was a big fan of the exploding balloons featured in the