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  • How Sticky Innovations Changed the World

    Tapes and glues are everywhere, making it easy to take them for granted. But take a quick look at their long, influential history, and you might gain a new appreciation for everyday adhesives!

    Issue Date | October 2020

  • Lighting Up The Night Sky

    For millennia, the ghostly, breathtaking northern lights have awed those who have seen them. Find out what causes the lights, where you might catch a glimpse of them, and how studying these auroras can help protect us.

    Issue Date | October 2020

  • Open for Discussion | Can Copper Save Us from the Coronavirus?

    Claims of miracle treatments for our health and wellness never seem to end. Determining whether claims by purveyors of would-be treatments are credible, however, is very difficult to do without wide-scale testing.

    Issue Date | October 2020

  • The Search for Hidden Plastics

    Millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans every year, but only some ends up floating on the surface. Researchers are on a mission to find out where the rest of the plastic has gone and what risks it might pose.

    Issue Date | October 2020

  • What Is Hand Sanitizer, and Does It Keep Your Hands Germ-Free?

    Hand sanitizer has become an essential tool in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But not all hand sanitizers are the same. Make sure you know which ones to buy—and what’s a better alternative.

    Issue Date | October 2020

  • Capturing Carbon

    The huge amount of carbon dioxide the world has released into the atmosphere is causing the climate to change. Learn what methods scientists and others are using to remove the greenhouse gas from the air.

    Issue Date | April 2020

  • Chemistry in Person | Protecting Water from Fire

    In 2012, Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, an environmental chemist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was studying the stream water running through nearby forests. He was investigating how climate change might have affected the water’s levels of dissolved organic matter.

    Issue Date | April 2020

  • Chemistry in Pictures | April 2020

    After purifying an organic compound, Rich Allen was left with this tray of colorful fractions.

    Issue Date | April 2020

  • Clearing the Air

    More than 70 years ago, a deadly smog helped spur a national fight against air pollution. Today, most of us breathe cleaner air, but at least one primary pollutant is still putting the health of many at risk.

    Issue Date | April 2020

  • Cow Power!

    As the world heats up, farmers are figuring out what they can do to help fight climate change. A growing number are turning a greenhouse gas that comes from raising animals into a source of energy.

    Issue Date | April 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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