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Periodic table with superheroes and apps helps

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Researchers say students retain learning better in chemistry if small modifications are made to the subject's main tool.

Does your high school offer chemistry? Probably not.

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About 3 in 5 schools that include 7th grade in the US don't have a class called "chemistry," Education Week says. Here's why.

Chemists could soon quickly screen for fentanyl

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Mass spectrometry can be used to screen for the presence of opioids, including the elusive synthetic versions and fentanyl. Can it help?

Australian students make an expensive drug cheap

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Chemistry students know that most drugs can be made much cheaper than pharmaceutical companies often charge for those drugs.

When ice melts on Earth, it happens layer by layer

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Even at very cold temps, the surface of ice is liquid, which makes it slippery. As it warms, deeper layers melt one at a time.

Based on acidity, where is the soil most fertile?

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A research team in Calif. has produced a global map of soil pH, linking the fertility of the soil to wet and dry climates, as well as to human need for crops.

New elements, up to 118 now, get names

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It's official: The 7th row in the Periodic Table is now complete, and all the elements have names, as of Wednesday.

Common chemicals affect child brain development

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A new study that includes scientists from the Univ. of Ill. suggests we aren't doing enough to protect children from chemicals that may impair brain development.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for DNA repair studies

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Infographic: Scientists are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on various DNA repair mechanisms in living cells.

8 die in Md. home; CO poisoning suspected

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A family died of carbon monoxide poisoning Monday, which leaves us thinking we need more education about preventing this deadly problem.