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What is THIS?
By Julia Lauperhttp://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff.html
Now that you are older, it is time you knew the truth about things. Take, for instance, silly putty: you have wadded it up a million times, but do you know what it is made of? How about baseballs? Or Jell-O? Finally there is a site to answer the question you have mused many times: “What is this stuff?”
The wonderful thing about this site is that it has something for the historian, the scientist, and everyone else. This site elucidates everything from lipstick to the new car smell. Each discussion of an object begins with the historical usages and development of the objects, and then dives into what it is really made of. For those whose favorite part of organic chemistry was reading the “organic-chemistry-applied-to-real-life” boxes in the textbook, this website is even better.
Do you know what this is?
That is right: it is a glow-stick. With this site, you can put your ability to interpret chemical structures to good use: quenching your curiosity.
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