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Chloramines: Understanding “Pool Smell”

A whiff of pool water—often described as the smell of chlorine—can stir happy thoughts of summer. However, if strong enough, “pool smell” can signify a source of irritation to the eyes, lungs and skin of swimmers.

Chlorine in Pools: How Chlorine Keeps Pools Safe

Most people probably wouldn’t want to go swimming in a giant, germ-filled petri dish. But without modern chemistry, that’s what swimming in pools could be like.

Unmasking Chemistry’s Contributions to Halloween Safety and Fun

It’s that time of year again…leaves are falling, there’s a nip in the air and little witches and wizards are getting set to make their rounds.

Chemistry in Everyday Life: Ways to Introduce Chemistry to Kids

Chemistry isn’t just a course requirement – it’s a key part of many of the items students use throughout the school day. Chemical compounds help create durable and reliable school supplies, clothes, sports equipment and classroom learning aids.

Sunscreen: Chemical Ingredients and Summertime Safety

When it comes to sun protection, the science is clear. Health experts agree that using sunscreen is important during outdoor summer activities to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburns, premature skin aging and skin cancer.

What You Want To Know About Insect Repellent and Chemical Safety

The insect repellents we rely on in the great outdoors are a type of pesticide. ​People often think the term “pesticide” refers only to a product that kills insects, but pesticide is a broader term that includes products designed to repel – not kill – pests.

Toys and Chemicals: Regulations to Help Keep Kids Safe

Gifting toys to children is one of the many joys of the holiday season. To help you choose toys that are fun and safe for the kids in your life, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released updated data and tips for buying safe, age-appropriate toys.

Chemistry in Sports: Textile Chemistry Innovations in Performance Apparel and Sports Equipment

Walking, running, cycling, swimming, yoga, fitness classes and team sports are just some of the seemingly endless options for exercise. In many instances, there is specific clothing and sports equipment for these activities.


The two main types of sunscreens are mineral sunscreens (also known as sunblock) which deflect UV rays, and chemical sunscreens which absorb sunlight.

Back-to-School Safety Tips During COVID-19

COVID-19 is still affecting many communities across the United States. As schools prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, parents may be concerned about the health and safety of their children.

Chemistry, Students and Sports – A Winning Combination

Chemistry can help young athletes in more ways than you might think.

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