If you really want to stand out at a rave, you dress up in fluorescent colors and then stand under the black lights. But if you want to take your illumination to 11, there’s a new material that could up your visibility even more.
Growing up, I always thought taking a chemistry class would be awesome. I figured that it would be all fun and games making stuff that oozed and blew up. Once I grew up and went to college, I finally took a chemistry class.
Crayon labels are kept pretty basic for a good reason. The colors really don’t need much of a description. Besides, kids don’t know what Periwinkle, Scarlet, or Aquamarine are. They just want to color between the lines in their book.
Meet Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT, a Gose beer created in collaboration with Kodak. Why would Kodak be involved with beer you ask? Well, this beer has the perfect pH to develop film when you add some ingredients.
Geek store Cognitive Surplus attracts chemistry buffs with a variety of glassware that are embossed with the molecular structure of the molecule(s) in the drink suited to each glass. There’s a glass for water, coffee, beer, wine and whiskey.
Each Halloween, we see all sorts of cool carved pumpkins, but we rarely see any Christmas trees that aren’t real or faux trees. This year we have run across a couple interesting “chemis-trees.” These have the look of a Christmas tree, but they are made using beakers, tubes, and cylinders that are attached to a pole by beaker holders.
Molecular modeling kits usually use sticks to connect models of atoms. Veritasium creator Derek Mueller came up with a beginner kit that’s more realistic, intuitive and easier to use. He calls it Snatoms.
Snatoms consists of plastic atomic models embedded with spherical neodymium magnets.
Though we still don’t have hoverboards and self-lacing Nike high tops, we have managed to live up to the futuristic image of 2015 predicted by the prophet Zemeckis, thanks to chemists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of Western Australia.
Being from Texas, I learned the art of steak seasoning and grilling at an early age. I also identified a big flaw in the method my dad used to season steak. Namely he would simply pour all sorts of liquids and spices on the steak and flop it on the grill.
A few months ago we saw the subatomic particle jewelry by 3D printing specialists Mixee Labs. Now they’re making something much much bigger: molecules. Available as pendants or earrings, the molecular jewelry are sure to get a reaction from chemistry geeks and are a great way to strengthen bonds with loved ones.
The Elements iPad app is one of the best alternatives to the traditional periodic table. But a mobile augmented reality company called DAQRI is working on something more interactive and intuitive. The company calls it Elements 4D, a set of building blocks that make learning about the elements fun and easy.
Science never ceases to amaze me. We can clone all sorts of things today from sheep to pets and we can even grow disgusting human ears on the back of bald mice. Perhaps the best use for science ever is to re-create a 170-year-old variety of beer.
Imagine all the cool uses people could come up with for cloth that can clean itself. Yes, you read that right: there is now a textile that, when soiled, can clean itself up, without a human having to scrub and rub it to get the dirt and germs out.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think the whole DIY movement has gone a bit to far. Take, for instance, this kit which lets you make your own cola (presumably, just like the cavemen had to do.)
If you’re curious about what’s really kicking in your holiday food this season, these chemical magnets will shed a little light on the science behind the flavor (and decorate your fridge). Love garlic? Thank the allicin–and celebrate it by plastering it to a metal surface.
It’s one thing to confound people with scientific concepts. But these shirts take it to the next level of geekery. Wear at your own risk.
The “I Survived the Large Hadron Collider” shirt celebrates the fact that we’re still alive even after the LHC was turned on.