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Can baking powder and vinegar blow up a balloon?

My children have heard somewhere that you can blow up a balloon by mixing baking powder with vinegar. Yes you can! It is a well-known experiment and should be fun to do! The experiment Balloon is filled with baking powder and the bottle with vinegar Releasing baking powder into bottle Balloon starting to be blown […]

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How to dye your hair with a bombardier beetle

Have you ever heard of bombardier beetles? They have their name because they defend themselves by shooting chemicals on their enemies, producing a real explosion. African bombardier beetle in action The bombardier beetle’s ‘chemical factory’ Two chemical components are stored inside the beetle. When in danger the chemicals are released. Once mixed together they produce an explosion that […]

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Suffering pain and a thankful perspective about a tumor

Brain tumors are scary! A diagnosis of a brain tumor will always shock you, no matter if the tumor can be removed or not. It’s life-changing for everyone involved and often family members start initiatives or choose a work field to face this experience. The patient’s perspective Several years ago, my mom was diagnosed with […]

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Our brain and us! Who is cheating who?

by Ilka Emig Whoever understands his brain can do things different than the brain suggests immediately, says psychiatrist professor Manfred Spitzer in an interview, and right away I have to think that whenever I start a diet my brain suggests immediately to eat all kinds of food. Our brain, the little cheater! If there is […]

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What the Higgs! Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the Higgs particle.

by Ilka Emig “It’s very nice to be right sometimes” Peter Higgs Imagine you think of a crazy theory and write a paper about it, and 48 years later some scientists do an experiment and say ‘You were right with your crazy theory’. And one year later they give you the Nobel Prize for it. […]

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