Daily Archives: January 20, 2017


Water glass is the "magic" solution used to grow magic rocks. Anne and Todd Helmenstine
Water glass is the common name for an aqueous solution of either sodium silicate or potassium silicate. It’s also called “liquid glass”. It gets its name because it’s essentially glass (silicon dioxide) in water. As the water evaporates, the solution solidifies into a glassy solid. Chemical Formula of Water Glass […]

What Is Water Glass? Water Glass or Sodium Silicate Facts


The three main parts of an atom are protons, neutrons, and electrons. (Halfdan)
The atom is the basic building block of matter. Atoms combine to form┬ápure elements, compounds, and┬ácomplex forms like computers and phones. Atoms are the smallest particle of matter than cannot be further subdivided using chemical means. In order to understand how atoms interact with each other, you first need to […]

Learn the Parts of an Atom


A blueprint is a paper-based reproduction of a technical drawing in which the white drawing appears on a blue background. Blueprints are made using the cyanotype process. Franklin M. Jones, U.S. Department of State
A blueprint is a paper-based reproduction of a drawing, usually a technical drawing, such as an architect or engineer would use. Blueprints use the cyanotype process that was invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842. The paper (or vellum or plastic) is coated with a solution of two soluble […]

How Blueprints Work



Graphene is a one-atom thick honeycomb sheet composed of carbon atoms that have bonded together. Thomas Szkopek
The discovery of graphene, a honeycomb sheet of carbon, was so important it earned a Nobel Prize, yet graphene isn’t an exotic material. You can make it yourself. Here are three easy methods to try: Graphene From a Pencil When you draw with a pencil, you are depositing graphite onto […]

Easy Ways Anyone Can Make Graphene