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  • What is ice cream
    What Is Ice Cream?

    To many, ice cream is the quintessential dessert and now comes in as many flavors as you can think of. Explore the chemistry behind ice cream’s deliciousness, and learn how food scientists are trying to make it even better.

    Issue Date | April 2021

  • Chemistry in person chemist by training explorer by heart
    Chemistry in Person | Chemist By Training, Explorer By Heart

    Yajaira Sierra-Sastre is always looking for new worlds to explore. As a young girl growing up in Puerto Rico, she gazed at stars through a clear night sky.

    Issue Date | February 2021

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    Chemistry in Pictures | February 2021

    Adrian Villalta-Cerdas created this resin art to allow students to safely handle small amounts of chemicals during his general chemistry lectures at Sam Houston State University.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • How safe are hair dyes
    How Safe Are Hair Dyes?

    Changing hair color has become a popular way for people to express themselves. Research, however, suggests that doing it too often is sometimes related to health problems down the line.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • Is cold brew really different from iced coffee
    Is Cold Brew Really Different From Iced Coffee?

    With all the coffee options available, and more and more teens drinking the caffeinated beverage to help them perk up, we delve into what makes cold brew coffee different from its iced counterpart.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • Open for discussion deciding what s right
    Open for Discussion | Deciding What’s Right

    Science isn’t just about clear-cut facts and figures. Sometimes, it calls for deciding right and wrong.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • To mars and back again
    To Mars and Back Again

    Sending astronauts to Mars has long felt like an outlandish dream—in part because we didn’t know how they would get back home. A new experiment on the Red Planet could change that.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • Volcanoes terror from below
    Volcanoes: Terror From Below

    Volcanoes are a spectacular and terrifying example of nature’s might. But what we know about them can help us predict their eruptions—and save lives.

    Issue Date | February 2021

  • Can a vaccine end the pandemic
    Can A Vaccine End The Pandemic?

    Vaccines have helped save countless lives since they were first developed more than 200 years ago. The search is on for a new vaccine to fight COVID-19.

    Issue Date | December 2020

  • Chemistry in person extreme adventures and saving the planet
    Chemistry in Person | Extreme Adventures and Saving the Planet

    Laura Hoch’s career began with a murder. Well, not a real murder—a murder-mystery game staged by her high school chemistry teachers in central Pennsylvania.

    Issue Date | December 2020

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Published four times a year since February 1983, ChemMatters Magazine is an award-winning high school chemistry magazine from the American Chemical Society that helps students demystify chemistry and make connections to the world around them. AACT members receive a complimentary subscription.

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