Anne Helmenstine


If you live in a place that gets winter, you know (or may be) a person who steps outdoors, sniffs the airs, and declares it “smells like snow.” Others might not be keen on weather prediction, but swear the fluffy, white flakes have a distinctive aroma. Can you tell when […]

Can You Smell Snow?


Icelandic Blue Striped Iceberg
Most icebergs are white, but they occur in a wide range of colors, including blue, green, yellow, black, and striped. The colors depend on the amount of air in the ice and whether it contains any impurities. Iceberg color changes over time. Exposure to air and sunlight can erode the […]

What Color Is an Iceberg?





Periodic Table of Radioactive Elements 1
Technetium is a radioactive element, with no stable isotopes. With an atomic number of 43, it is the lightest unstable element. All of the elements surrounding it on the periodic table have at least one stable isotope. What is it about technetium that makes it special? The short answer is […]

Why Is Technetium Radioactive?


Meth Lab Trash
Transportable laboratories known as mobile drug labs or rolling meth labs are used to synthesize the stimulant methamphetamine. The reason the lab is mobile is to evade detection. Meth labs release toxic vapors and produce a significant amount of trash, so having one in a fixed location makes it easier […]

What a Meth Lab Smells Like