You probably just flush your urine down the toilet, but some European alchemists used it in their experiments, and in the process made a scientific discovery that helped modernize the world.
While some scientific discoveries are made by following logical pathways, others are made by accident, often while the discoverer was trying to accomplish something else entirely. Learn about the accidents behind cheap purple dye, artificial sweetener, and non-stick coating.
Chemistry is the bane of many a high school student, but it's not all bad. As this video from the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" web series reveals, chemistry has been hard at work improving your sex life for years now! It's a hell of a lot more than trigonometry's ever done for you.
What do you get when you take chemists from all around the country, stick them in a convention center with a couple of turn tables, and add an original rap about chemistry? You get the world's first living, breathing, dancing periodic table. Looks like this whole dancing scientist thing has really caught on.