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Food chemistry - Posted by Snigdha


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  Location: Goa



What is the chemistry behind delicious food? What knowledge of chemistry can chefs use to improve the taste of food?

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What is the chemistry behind delicious food? What knowledge of chemistry can chefs use to improve the taste of food?

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Tears - Posted by Arti Gupta


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Why are tears salty?

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Water: Where does it come from?


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Where does water come from?

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Water: Why does it pass through a sieve?


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Why does water pass through a sieve?

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Oxygen: Why do we need it?


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Why do we need oxygen?

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Crunchy Salt, Chewy Gum


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Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Water on Earth and in Humans


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Is it more than a numerical co-incidence that 70% of the earth is WATER and as much is the composition of water in the human body.

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Is it more than a numerical co-incidence that 70% of the earth is WATER and as much is the composition of water in the human body.

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Altitude


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Does altitude impact human gas production?

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As if by magic


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  Location: Chandrakona



Some people think what happens in a SOLE is a little bit magic; they might well be right. But if you happen to drop by the Chandrakona lab lately, magic is exactly what you’ll see.

When faced with a science question they couldn’t answer these Indian children did what comes naturally to them: look to the Internet for help.

A small group of boys turned to YouTube to teach themselves about chemical reaction and science so they could learn magic tricks to perform for their ‘Grannies’ over Skype.

And as their next session approached,

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Some people think what happens in a SOLE is a little bit magic; they might well be right. But if you happen to drop by the Chandrakona lab lately, magic is exactly what you’ll see.

When faced with a science question they couldn’t answer these Indian children did what comes naturally to them: look to the Internet for help.

A small group of boys turned to YouTube to teach themselves about chemical reaction and science so they could learn magic tricks to perform for their ‘Grannies’ over Skype.

And as their next session approached, they gathered the materials they needed to take to the lab: one water bottle, a rubber balloon, a funnel, a little baking powder and some vinegar and water.

Firstly, they filled a quarter of the bottle with water. Then they put some baking powder into the balloon using the funnel. After they had put the funnel onto the water bottle and mixed the vinegar in the water, they were ready. “Now we will show the magic,” they said. “The magic is the balloon will blow up automatically.”

The boys then fitted the balloon onto the mouth of the bottle, causing the baking soda in the balloon to fall down into it, mixing with the water and vinegar. The balloon then automatically blows up, as predicted!

“All who were at the lab including the kids clapped when they saw the magic,” says co-ordinator Joydev Goswami. “They were very much excited because their first experiment which they had learned from YouTube was successful. They told the Granny that they had wanted to work out how to blow a balloon without air pressure.”

Those present were really impressed not only by the tricks, but by the level of understanding shown by the children about what they were doing.

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Chemical Reaction | Chemistry | Education | Learning | Magic | Science