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Halloween Chemistry

A spooky, dry ice fog at your Halloween party. Jack-o-lanterns lit with green flames thanks to boric acid and methanol. Recipes for fake blood and flesh. And two foul-smelling "molecules from the crypt."

You'll find all those treats and more in this collection of games, activities, demonstrations, and articles with a decidedly ghoulish theme.

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American Chemical Society
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Yes, You Really Can Smell Fear

Yes, You Really Can Smell Fear

While all sweat smells, scientists have found that some sweat screams anxiety to the world. Get the details. More...

Discover Magazine
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Code Fred: Survival Mode

Code Fred: Survival Mode

When you're frightened you're probably not thinking about your endocrine system. But you should be glad it's there. Help Fred's endocrine system get him out of the woods. More...

Museum of Science and Industry
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Einstein’s Brain

Einstein’s Brain

What made Einstein so smart? Watch the strange (but true!) story of how Einstein's brain was removed and studied after his death. What has it taught us about the biological roots of genius? More...

NOVA/PBS
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World’s Deadliest: Vampire Bats

World’s Deadliest: Vampire Bats

Not a Hollywood myth, vampire bats are real predators. With scalpel-sharp teeth, they can draw blood before waking their victim. More...

National Geographic
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Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Invasion of the Giant Pythons

How did pythons from Southeast Asia take over the Florida Everglades? Turns out to be a case of "Snakes on a Plane." Watch the video. More...

NATURE/PBS
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Snail Zombies

Snail Zombies

What happens when a parasite hijacks a snail’s brain, turning it into a zombie? Well, it can’t be too good for the snail…. More...

National Geographic
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Creaturefy Yourself

Creaturefy Yourself

What kind of cryptid can you become? Upload a photo of yourself and unleash your inner creature. More...

Animal Planet
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Experimenting with Makeup: What Puts the ‘Ick’ in Lipstick?

Experimenting with Makeup: What Puts the ‘Ick’ in Lipstick?

Do they really use whale puke in perfume? Are there beetles in lipstick? These students decided to find out. Warning: Their answers might disgust you! More...

New York Times
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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Some people think Jaroslav Flegr is a mad scientist. His research suggests a cat parasite can take control of human brains. He even says it happened to him! Now other scientists are taking a closer look. More...

The Atlantic
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Monsters of the Ancient Sea

Monsters of the Ancient Sea

Dinosaurs may have ruled the land, but the ancient seas were teaming with giant predators. Take a look at Henodus, Temnodontosaurus, and other "bad boys of the world's waters." More...

National Geographic
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Revealing the Revolting Beauty of Food Waste

Revealing the Revolting Beauty of Food Waste

That rotting sandwich in your locker may actually be art and science at its finest. Seriously. Check out these images of fermented and spoiled food. More...

NPR
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Super Silk Gene Goats

Super Silk Gene Goats

These goats aren't like other goats. There's one spider silk gene in their genetic makeup. Watch this video to see how scientists can harvest the spider silk protein in the goats' milk. Find out how the gene gets inside the goat—and why this silk protein is so valuable. More...

Science Channel
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The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin

The challenge? Grow a one-ton (900kg) pumpkin. Selective breeding and controlling microbial life in the soil are just a few of the techniques these growers use. More...

Smithsonian
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Vampire Squid Turns Inside Out

Vampire Squid Turns Inside Out

Will human activity wipe out this cephalopod after nearly 300 million years? Watch it turn itself almost inside out. More...

National Geographic
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