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What Is Glass?
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What Is Glass?

Can you imagine a world without glass? It’s been around for about 3,500 years and is used in countless products. The formula for glass is basic, just a few natural ingredients and high heat are needed. The transparency of glass comes from its disordered arrangement of molecules.

Explore the many appearances, properties, and uses of glass through articles, videos, and interactives.

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Scientist Profile: Criminalist

Scientist Profile: Criminalist

Jose Almirall is a forensic chemist who helps solve crimes. Discover the many ways he can analyze just a piece of glass to identify culprits and bring them to justice. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
MIT Engineers Design Fog-Free, Water-Repellent, Anti-Glare Glass

MIT Engineers Design Fog-Free, Water-Repellent, Anti-Glare Glass

Water literally bounces across glass surfaces etched with these nanostructures. Imagine a future with perpetually clean and clear car windshields, solar panels, and cell phone screens! More...

Article
Popular Science
Benjamin Franklin and His Glass Armonica

Benjamin Franklin and His Glass Armonica

Ben Franklin loved his tunes — he even played the guitar! Here you can virtually play an instrument he invented: the glass armonica. More...

Interactive
The Franklin Institute
Disappearing Glass Rods: Reflection, Refraction, and Light Science Activity

Disappearing Glass Rods: Reflection, Refraction, and Light Science Activity

How can you make glass disappear? Assemble the materials for this simple experiment and wow your family and friends. More...

Activity
Exploratorium
Glassworks in Ancient Egypt

Glassworks in Ancient Egypt

It was long thought that the ancient Egyptians imported glass objects from Mesopotamia, where glassmaking began 3,500 years ago. Find out what archaeologists discovered to change that belief. More...

Article
Science News for Students
Next Smartphone Glass Will Be Antibacterial

Next Smartphone Glass Will Be Antibacterial

Antimicrobial glass is in the works — a good thing, since the surface can harbor more bacteria than a public toilet! More...

Video
GeoBeats News
Singing Wine Glasses

Singing Wine Glasses

Some people used to say a “singing” wine glass would drive women insane. Find out if this is true, and why glasses sing, with this activity. More...

Activity
Science Buddies
Some Assembly Required: How Glass Is Made

Some Assembly Required: How Glass Is Made

The recipe for glass is simple, but the process is intense. Tour the Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory to see how it comes together. More...

Video
HowStuffWorks
What Makes Glass Transparent?

What Makes Glass Transparent?

Why is glass transparent and wood is not? The answer lies in the properties of an “amorphous solid.” More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Would You Want a Pair of Google’s Computer Glasses?

Would You Want a Pair of Google’s Computer Glasses?

The wearable computer Google Glass, though available in beta form, is still being developed. It’s a controversial technology. Read students’ comments about the device. What do you think? More...

Article
New York Times

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