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That Famous "School Bus Yellow" Color Used to Be Very, Very Toxic

You can recognize the bus in this picture, even though it is distorted, because of that iconic color. It was chosen in 1939 and used all over America. Later, people found out that while the shade was great, the chemistry left something to be desired. Here’s how school buses got covered in poison. » 7/09/15 6:30am 7/09/15 6:30am

Researchers Devise a Simple Method For Recycling Rare Earth Magnets

You’ve probably heard a bit about rare Earth elements. They’ve got unpronounceable names like ytterbium and praseodymium, and they’re found in nearly ever piece of tech you own. Despite their value, we’re do a piss poor job recycling them. But chemists are now hoping to change that. » 6/22/15 1:08am 6/22/15 1:08am

"Meat Glue" And Other Icky Stuff In The Imitation Food Items You Eat

You already knew that the crab in your lunch roll wasn’t really crab — but you probably didn’t know about all the other kinds of imitation foods you eat all the time. From faux wasabi to milk and olive oil that’s partly made up of additives, these are the weird ingredients in the fake foods you eat. » 6/09/15 4:00pm 6/09/15 4:00pm