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Dry Ice Science

Dry ice is "dry" because it doesn't contain any water. In fact, dry ice is actually frozen carbon dioxide.

Find out why dry ice doesn't actually melt. Explore what property of dry ice creates its spooky fog effect. Discover science experiments can also double as Halloween props — and why Martians could snowboard.

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The Mist and Mystique of Dry Ice

The Mist and Mystique of Dry Ice

It's not just for theatrical effect. Dry ice is used to chill transplant organs and help with tricky pipe repairs. The U.S. military even tried (unsuccessfully) to tame a hurricane with it in 1947. More...

Article
NPR
Dry Ice “Snowboards” on Mars

Dry Ice “Snowboards” on Mars

Find out why new research about hunks of dry ice on Mars led one NASA planetary scientist to say, "Now I dream of snowboarding down a Martian sand dune on a block of dry ice." More...

Article
NASA
Educator’s Guide to Kitchen Comets

Educator’s Guide to Kitchen Comets

Want to make your own model of a comet nucleus? Follow this recipe using dry ice, water, ammonia, dirt, and corn starch. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Growing Snowflakes in a Bottle

Watch as Caltech physicist Ken Libbrecht — and author of The Secret Life of the Snowflake — uses dry ice to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
NASA Orbiter Observations Point to ‘Dry Ice’ Snowfall on Mars

NASA Orbiter Observations Point to ‘Dry Ice’ Snowfall on Mars

Rather than snow made of frozen water, the Red Planet has snowfalls of frozen carbon-dioxide, or dry ice. Take a look at the evidence from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. More...

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NASA
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Boo Bubbles

Boo Bubbles

It's easier than you might think to create a foggy bubble machine. Watch how it's done; then make your own with dry ice, dish soap, and some basic household supplies. More...

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Sick Science!
Bubble Suspension

Bubble Suspension

You know from experience that most air-filled soap bubbles just sink to the floor and pop. Use dry ice to create a carbon dioxide "bed" that holds the bubbles up. More...

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Exploratorium
Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide

Take a closer look at carbon dioxide, which in its solid form is what we call "dry ice." Dry ice doesn't occur naturally on Earth, it has to be made by people. But that's not the case on Mars... More...

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Windows to the Universe
Cool Science Projects with Dry Ice

Cool Science Projects with Dry Ice

The distinct properties of dry ice make it a great substance to use in experiments. Create your own gurgling bubbles, screaming quarter, and fire extinguisher. More...

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HubPages.com
Fire and Ice: Magnesium Burning in Dry Ice

Fire and Ice: Magnesium Burning in Dry Ice

Carbon dioxide is the main ingredient in fire extinguishers, so the last place you'd expect a flame is under a block of dry ice, right? Discover how magnesium burns inside dry ice. More...

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Exploratorium

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