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What Is Tinsel Made Of? Speaking of Chemistry Ep. 12

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

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  1. December 15, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 50
  2. December 8, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 49
  3. December 1, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 48
  4. November 24, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 47
  5. November 17, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 46
  6. November 10, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 45
  7. November 3, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 44
  8. October 27, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 43
  9. October 20, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 42
  10. October 13, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 41
  11. October 6, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 40
  12. September 29, 2014
    Vol. 92 | Iss. 39
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The companion blog to the weekly print column by editor-in-chief Rudy Baum and deputy editor-in-chief Maureen Rouhi.

The Haystack

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