You are likely aware that diamonds are converted - albeit slowly - to graphite under normal conditions. Thus, diamonds don't last forever, in contrast to the popular advertising slogan. However, did you know that you can use chemistry to prove that diamonds are not forever? It's simpler than you think...
Radium Girls is one of those books that can’t be put down. It challenges us with imagery so vivid that sometimes you just want to look away, but you are so invested in the lives of the girls that you persevere to the end. It is tragic and strong but also hopeful and tender.
Maria Gallardo-Williams and Holly Walter Kerby created The Mole Storytelling Jam (modeled after the popular Moth Lab) and hosted the inaugural event as part of the 2018 BCCE. Read the interview with Maria and Holly. You can listen to all the stories shared at the event as well.
Lyniesha Wright presented a story titled "They're Just a Little Bit Taller" during The Mole Storytelling Jam held as part of BCCE 2018. Listen to his podcast.
Kristen Drury presented a story titled "Finding Your Niche" during The Mole Storytelling Jam held as part of BCCE 2018. Listen to her podcast.
Marie Gallardo-Williams presented a story titled "It's Not You, It's Me" during The Mole Storytelling Jam held as part of BCCE 2018. Listen to her podcast.
Tom Kuntzleman presented a story titled "Charred Marshmallow Souffle" during The Mole Storytelling Jam held as part of BCCE 2018. Listen to his podcast.
A new event called "The Mole"was unveiled at BCCE 2018. I told the story of how one of my students discovered how to make marshmallows spark in the microwave oven.
Based upon reader comments on previously published, Chemical Mystery #12, I experimented and found that this demonstration is easy to pull off with relatively inexpensive and easy to find materials.
Check out the solution to Chemical Mystery #12: Baffling Balloons