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Chemistry

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Absolute Zero
In "A Sense of Scale," explore the range between absolute zero to what the theoretical highest possible temperature. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Bombing of America, The
In "Chemical Residue," find out how chromatography can be used to trace a bomb's chemical components and learn instructions for a color separation activity. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cracking the Code of Life
In "Journey into DNA," zoom in to 15 different levels to see DNA's relationship to a human, beginning with the body and ending with the atoms that make up a single DNA base. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Diamond Deception, The
In "See Inside a Diamond," build a carbon atom out of quarks and electrons and manipulate the three-dimensional structure of a diamond crystal. (Shockwave plug-in required for atom builder; Chime plug-in required for diamond viewer.) Grades 9-12.

Dirty Bomb
In "Sources of Radiation," learn about naturally occurring and manmade sources of radiation, their atomic nature, and what makes each type safe or harmful to life. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Doomsday Asteroid, The
In "Kitchen Comets," find a recipe for modeling a comet nucleus. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Fire Wars
In "On Fire," explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, how a molecule's atoms rearrange themselves during combustion, and what a flame is made of. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Fireworks!
In "On Fire," explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, how a molecule's atoms rearrange themselves during combustion, and what a flame is made of. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Forgotten Genius
In "Build a Steroid," follow the steps a chemist takes to synthesize a starter chemical compound (diosgenin) into a steroid (adrenal hormone cortisone). (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) Grades 9-12.

Hunt for Alien Worlds
In "Signs of Life," use data to locate the planet Jupiter and determine if there is a nearby planet with an atmosphere habitable for humans. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Kaboom!
In "It's Elemental," click on parts of a Periodic Table to discover some of elements important in fireworks. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Mystery of the First Americans
In "The Dating Game," learn how carbon-dating works. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Newton's Dark Secrets
In "Newton's Alchemy," see a page from one of Newton's alchemy notebooks, with parts decoded, and learn more about 17th-century alchemy in an interview with science historian Bill Newman. (Flash plug-in required to view notebook page.) Grades 9-12.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
In "Decoding Cosmic Spectra," learn the basics of spectroscopy and use the technique to reveal the composition of a planet, star, galaxy, and nebula. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
In "Atom Builder," start with a hydrogen atom and add protons, neutrons, and electrons (in the form of quarks) to build a carbon atom. (Shockwave plug-in required.) Grades 9-12.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
In "On Fire," explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, how a molecule's atoms rearrange themselves during combustion, and what a flame is made of. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Why the Towers Fell
In "The Structure of Metal," explore the crystalline structure of metal and find out what gives it its characteristics and how it behaves under stress of heat and outside forces. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

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