Archive for Chemistry

Water, Martian Dirt and Life

The water molecules absorbed by a hygroscopic salt are not called "The Solvation Army" They should be.

In a paper just released, “Mars soil contains a huge amount of water, reports NASA’s Curiosity rover.” (1) If you’re interested in making drinking water, check out this video: So Mars Has Water. Could We Drink It? Unfortunately, getting potable water out of the soil will be difficult, especially with…

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What Penguins Tell Us About Ocean Warming

Two African Penguins swimming at the National Aviary

One of the featured attractions at the National Aviary is the Penguin Point exhibit. The African penguins on display are used to a warmer climate. (1) In the winter, the Pittsburgh National Aviary provides them with heated areas. The penguins hate having to walk across any snow that accumulates in…

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