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New Frostproof Coolants Are an Eco-Friendly and Long-Lasting Alternative to Conventional De-Icers, Say American Scientists

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Scientists at the  University of Illinois Chicago, US , have developed  environmentally  friendly anti-freezing coatings for aeroplanes as an alternative to conventional de-icers. Image credit: Pexels Airports are more crowded during the winters. Delays in board flights become longer when the aeroplanes need to be drenched with de-icing fluids. A de-icer is a substance that prevents the formation of ice by lowering the freezing point of water. These fluids help the aircraft fight the frosty winter. But, after the plane takes off, most of the de-icing liquid drops down from the surface and gets mixed with lakes and rivers, resulting in pollution of freshwater bodies. Sushant Anand , a UIC assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Rukmava Chatterjee , a UIC PhD student, have developed an efficient alternative to conventional de-icers to benefit the demanding industries and consumers and prevent waterbody pollution. “We questioned the lifetime of the cryoprotectants and looked a

5 reasons to start learning Chemistry today

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Many of us hated Chemistry as school going kids. Organic, inorganic or what ever you call it, chemistry was a subject invented to trouble us. But in reality, chemistry can help you to find an explanation for so many things that happen in your body and around you. Chemistry forms a basis of understanding basic and applied sciences. If you really want to understand chemistry, you need to stop looking at it as a subject but instead as a way of life. For starters, let's forget about the complexities of its reactions and focus on the simple things that we do on a daily basis, that are filled with Quimica , (Chemistry. in Spanish) 1.       Cooking We are now consuming more processed foods as compared to some years ago. It is therefore important to know the ingredients of what you are eating, avoid the foods that may affect you negatively. If you know the chemistry behind your cooking, you can also use it to create a finger-licking meal. Isn't Molecular Gastronomy, all ab

Wonder why this was not part of Chemistry class, ever!

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Like most kids growing up in India, I was encouraged to take up science after my secondary school and expected to make a career in medicine or engineering somewhere. While the debate will always continue whether such encouragement is good for the child or not, as a student of science, there was a lot of information that was being bombarded at me, some of which I liked and some of which I just could not get my head around. Unfortunately, Chemistry features in the list of subjects, I didn't understand completely. There are so many things that happen in the Chemistry textbook and to make matters worse, it is further divided into Chemistry I and Chemistry II (the organic and the inorganic parts). There was only one way to get past the barrier and that was understand what you could and regurgitate it in the exams to the best of your ability. I think I managed it quite well for my board exams but then came the larger hurdle of biochemistry and knowing the intricate details of var

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