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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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December 22, 2014

Microscopic Insights Into Roman Mortar

Mineral plates prevent cracks from propagating through the mortar used in 1,900-year-old Trajan’s Markets

December 22, 2014

Chiral Catalyst Leads To New Stereopolymer

Polymer Science: Process marries right- and left-handed polymer chains to create a stereocomplex material with commodity potential

December 22, 2014

Iridium Dressed To The Nines

Periodic Table: IrO4+ is the first molecule with an element in the +9 oxidation state

December 22, 2014

Perovskite Solar Cells Gain More Ground

Photovoltaics: Scientists continue to improve the low-cost sun-catching materials

December 22, 2014

High-Purity Nanotubes Grown From Seed

Nanotechnology: Two new routes create specific types of single-walled carbon nanotubes with high purity

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