Here are some interesting and incredible chemistry facts that will surely boggle your mind!
Coca-Cola was first launched as a tonic drink or a stimulant. One of the drink’s key ingredients was cocaine, sourced from the coca leaves.
Oxygen, in liquid form, gives off a beautiful pale blue color. This is because when two oxygen molecules smash into each other and are hit by the red light, the unpaired electrons in both molecules will “couple up” in one orbital, thus taking in the proton. The liquid oxygen absorbs the red light which turns into blue. Liquid oxygen is also strongly attracted to magnets (paramagnetic).
It seems unbelievable, but the lighter was invented in 1823 by a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobreiner. The match actually came about three years later!
Bee sting venom contains peptin mellitin, which is highly acidic. While a wasp sting’s venom is alkaline — when stung by a wasp, the venom can be neutralized by applying something acidic such as vinegar to soothe the pain.
Oxygen is the most abundant element on earth, accounting for 46% of the earth’s mass. Silicon is the second most abundant element by 28.2%
Ethylene gas is considered the “fruit-ripening hormone,” which is responsible for changing the texture, color, and softening as the fruit or vegetable ripens. However, not all fruits and vegetables produce ethylene gas as they ripen. Apples, pears, apricots, tomatoes, and bananas are some of the gas-releasing fruit. Fruits like cherries and blueberries don’t produce ethylene and thus is not a big factor in their ripening. Ethylene gas, as a ripening agent, also speeds the decay of some fruits.
Our tooth enamel is also the most mineralized chemical in our body, and is made up of hydroxyapatite.
In the whole universe, hydrogen is the most abundant element, accounting for about 75% of the universe’s mass.
However, about 20% of the forest is also gone, and humankind must conserve the Amazon forest in order to generate more oxygen for Earth.
But when the snow is wet or combined with freezing rain or ice at times, the ratio may be lowered to 3-5 inches per one inch of rain.
Like liquid oxygen, solid oxygen also gives off a pale blue color as a result of the absorption in the red portion of the visible light spectrum.
It seems unbelievable, but in a bucketful of water the molecules are over 10,000 times more than pints of water on earth.
And you’d think that lightning is all bad, until now. You’ve just realized that it can even save our earth!
Aside from helping to determine whether a family relationship exists between two persons or identify the origins of a disease, DNA can also kill flames. Italian researchers coated a cotton cloth with DNA derived from a herring’s sperm, and found out that the cotton did not burn.