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Ever wonder about what's really in hair coloring, Silly Putty, Cheese Wiz, artificial snow, or self-tanners? Chemical & Engineering News, the official magazine of the American Chemical Society presents a collection of articles that look at the chemistry behind a wide variety of everyday products.
Assembled by Andy Brunning this site takes a close look at the chemical substances we come across on a day-to-day basis. Also has the feature Today In Chemistry History, where they show attractive graphics highlighting the work of important chemists.
The Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This government agency is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under their jurisdiction.
Baffled by the list of ingredients in cosmetics, skin lotions, shampoos and hair conditioners! This dictionary has detailed descriptions of nearly every ingredient you will encounter in these products.
How Everything Works is sort of like a radio call-in program that's being held on the WWW instead of the radio. It is a list of commonly asked questions about various topics in physics. The questions and answers are arranged in chronological order, starting with the most recent. It is also possible to view all questions and answers on a specific topic. Also included is information on the "How Things Work" college course as taught at the University of Virginia and other institutions.
Prof. T. Ross Kelly a professor of chemistry at Boston College has accumulated a collection of various gizmos, devices, and toys which are excellent examples of scientific principles or things that you look at and you say "That's impossible!" except it's staring you in the face. This collection of videos include explanations of how they work or references to where one can find this information.