Why Do Christmas Trees Smell So Good?

Nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree, and for most people, it means that the holiday season is here. Compared to a fake tree that often has a plasticky odour, a real Christmas tree has a refreshing smell that makes you feel that you are outdoors in a forest. Wondering why Christmas trees smell so good? Here [...]

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Chemical Additives Used in Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, develops oil and gas wells by injecting water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure into the bedrock. This fractures the rock, increasing the size of existing fractures and connecting one or more fractures together. The theory behind hydraulic fracturing is that this process allows access to natural gas which would be inaccessible by other [...]

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Which chemical element was first discovered?

As 2019 has been designated the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements by the United Nations General Assembly, we’re celebrating all things elemental. In this article, we’ll look at which chemical element was first discovered. Ancient chemical elements There are really two answers to the question ‘which chemical element was first discovered?’ because there are a number of [...]

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This Week in Chemistry

This week in history seems to have given us a plethora of noted scientists. Born between 17th and 24th November and spanning the last several hundred years, we have several Nobel Prize winners, ground-breaking chemists, and discoverers of revolutionary substances and chemical reactions. 17th November 1645 – Nicolas Lémery was born Nicolas Lémery was a French chemist who focused his research [...]

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