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Everyday Chemistry

Keeping Lunch Cool: The Chemistry of Lunchboxes

Food left out for more than two hours at room temperature can spoil. Keep lunches safe and delicious. Learn the chemistry behind how insulated lunch boxes work.

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Chemical Safety

Debunking the Myths: Are there really 84,000 chemicals?

If you’ve ever read a news article or blog post about chemicals, you may have heard the oft-cited claim that there are 84,000 chemicals in commerce but only 200 of these have been tested for safety. This is false!

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Chemical Safety

Spotting Bad Science

It’s important to be able to evaluate the evidence behind a scientific claim.

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Health

Do Chemicals Affect the Endocrine System?

How a chemical interacts with the endocrine system depends on a variety of factors including dose, duration, and frequency. Learn more.

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Health

Vaccine Ingredients and Safety

Vaccines save an estimated 2.5 million lives every year from infectious diseases. Let's take a closer look!

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Everyday Chemistry

Types of Plastic Food Packaging and Safety: A Close-Up Look

You don’t have to be a scientist to understand the many ways plastics are useful.

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Chemistry 101

Chemical Ingredients 101: How to Read a Product Label

Why are ingredient labels so complex?

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Chemicals and the Endocrine System

What is an endocrine disruptor? Many are shocked to learn that not all interactions are harmful or potent, but benefit your overall health! Learn more.

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Is It Safe to Microwave Plastic? Get the Facts.

We rely upon plastic to help store leftovers and keep foods fresh. Did you know that some plastics are specifically designed to withstand use in the microwave?

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More Chemistry Info.

Government Regulation of Chemicals

Learn more about the primary federal regulation overseeing the safety of chemical products—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and bipartisan efforts to update the law.

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What Makes Polystyrene Different from Styrene? It’s a Matter of Chemistry.

What’s the difference between styrene and polystyrene? Although the names sound familiar, styrene and polystyrene are different and have completely different properties.

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Sweet Chemistry of 5 Summer Fruits

Even Mother Nature knows that chemicals are naturally in everything, including the healthiest, most delicious foods.

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Are There Really Thousands of Untested Chemicals in Our Products?

Learn the truth about chemicals in commerce here.

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What is a Chemical Exposure?

Three infographics help put chemical exposures in perspective.

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