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Halloween science: Ceramics help create the gore of early Hollywood horror flicks

By April Gocha / October 31, 2017

There’s some interesting science behind Hollywood’s many renditions of fake blood. And ceramics even helped some of the earliest horror film directors achieve the perfect consistency to fake out—and freak out—moviegoers.

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Video: Lithium-ion hacks to keep your smartphone battery charged and explosion-free

By April Gocha / September 14, 2016

A new Reactions video from the American Chemical Society explains the science behind exploding lithium-ion batteries, in addition to three hacks to keep lithium-ions lasting longer.

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Fourth of July science—what makes grilled food delicious and sparklers sparkle

By April Gocha / July 1, 2016

Another holiday weekend is upon us—which means that many of you will be celebrating America’s independence with food, fun, and fireworks. But what is it that makes grilled food taste so good?

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Video: Series travels to the dark side to explore science of Star Wars

By April Gocha / December 17, 2015

Is the Death Star laser feasible? Are plasma lightsabers even remotely possible? Can we build a real-world force field? The American Chemical Society’s Reactions series mulls over the science behind the answers in this new video.

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UPDATE: Get inked with ceramics—the science behind tattoos

By April Gocha / August 7, 2015

CTT reader Bart Kilinski pointed out that several of the substances listed in the tattoo ink infographic above are indeed toxic substances—particularly cinnabar and cadmium and chrome oxides. “Surely those aren’t used in tattooing,” Kilinski comments.

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When accidents become eurekas—Stumbling into discovery

By April Gocha / November 14, 2014

Sometimes—perhaps more often than you’d think—the most successful discoveries are stumbled upon by accident. What is your best scientific oops story?

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Video: With ceramics, all things are possible—including the new Apple iPhone 6

By April Gocha / September 18, 2014

A video from the American Chemical Society Reactions series explains some of the components inside smartphones—including how ceramics help make all that sweet technology possible.

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