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chemistry

Holiday How-to: Chocolate Leaves
November 20, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

My mom was a chemistry and home-ec teacher, so I grew up in a home where ingredients were carefully measured and food items were attractively arranged. While I got to help out in the kitchen as much as I wanted, I always liked being in the kitchen around the holidays. There were always new tricks […]

With Soil, Make Me Wine: The Dirt on Growing Great Grapes
November 7, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

I like wine. And I make my own. Not huge batches, mind you. Just about 30 bottles per month in the winter months. I learned the hard way the chemistry of wine. If you let the wine get too hot while it’s fermenting, it can radically alter the taste.  I let one of my batches […]

Ever wonder how fireworks… work wonders?
July 4, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

The Fourth of July just isn’t the same without pyrotechnics. And while the inevitable giant fireball from Dad lighting up the grill may be exciting in the moment, I’m actually referring to the giant chemistry demonstration we watch at night. Fireworks are basically a bunch of combustion reactions, which are rapid chemical reactions involving oxygen […]

Educator How-To: Crystals, Geometry and Chemistry
January 27, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

Math is beautiful and inescapable. Especially in nature, patterns and equations just keep showing up.  The path of an orbiting planet, the growth of a nautilus, arrangements of leaves on a stem, the efficient packing of a honeycomb; we can find rules and algorithms and make predictions from them. Crystals, with their obediently repeating structure, […]



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