Chemistry Sets Used to be Dangerous

A popular Christmas gift for kids years ago used to be a chemistry set. But those sets could be dangerous! They contained poisonous cyanide to dissolve gold, blowtorches to make glass test tubes, radioactive uranium to practice measuring radiation, and carcinogenic asbestos to dust for fingerprints. Now some chemistry sets don’t even contain chemicals!

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Merry Christmas!

Today is Christmas, a festival celebrated by billions of people to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. We don’t know the date Jesus was actually born, but Christmas has been December 25th since the year 336. It is marked with gift giving and Santa Claus, Christmas trees and lights, church services, songs and gatherings.

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NORAD Tracks Santa

For most of the year NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is in charge of aerospace and maritime warning and control. But on Christmas Eve, NORAD tracks Santa Claus! They use radar, satellites, jet fighter escorts, and Santacams to get some pictures. Visit the┬ánoradsanta dot org website to follow Santa’s travels today!

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Glitter Goes Guilt-Free

Glitter is beautiful and sparkly but it’s bad for the environment. Glitter is made from plastic which takes thousands of years to decompose. It washes away into the oceans where microplastics harm marine life. The good news is that some companies are making biodegradable glitter so you can sparkle guilt-free!

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