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The Chemistry of Sanitizers: How They Protect Against the Coronavirus

Posted by Noah Technologies on Mar 23, 2020 9:30:00 AM


As we all know by now, the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has become a global pandemic. Entire cities, states, and even countries are shutting down in an effort to curb the spread. Yet not everyone can stay home. Whether your office is still open, or you work in an essential industry such as a grocery store or a hospital, you know that frequent hand washing or sanitizing is essential. We all know the basics of washing our hands (be sure to wash for a full 20 seconds!), but what exactly is hand sanitizer and how can it help protect you against catching COVID-19?

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Topics: Coronavirus, Hand Sanitizers, COVID-19 Protection, COVID-19

A Look Inside the Chemical Composition of Your Green Beer

Posted by Noah Technologies on Mar 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM


It’s St. Patrick’s Day. For many people, that means enjoying a bright green pint of cold beer. The color green is linked to St. Patrick’s Day for many reasons, including its associations with Ireland, shamrocks, spring and even leprechauns. But have you ever wondered how your bartender turns ordinary beer a colorful green hue? The answer, it turns out, is found in chemistry.

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Topics: Green Beer, St. Patricks Day, Chemistry of Beer

Magnesium Overview: Uses and Benefits for Treating Muscle Cramps

Posted by Noah Technologies on Mar 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM


The fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, magnesium plays an important role in more than 300 bodily chemical reactions. Chemically, magnesium is an electrolyte, which means that it carries an electrical charge in solution, such as within the blood. However, most of it is stored in an undissolved form inside the bones and other tissues.

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Topics: Chemicals in Everyday Life, Magnesium, Magnesium Chloride, Chemicals in Supplements

Hydrogen and Carbon Used as Solvent Degreasers for Industrial Cleaning

Posted by Noah Technologies on Mar 9, 2020 9:07:41 AM


Industrial cleaning and degreasing is an unpleasant but necessary task. Whether you run a manufacturing shop or are responsible for cleaning trains or airplanes, keeping everything clean is critical for both safety and maintenance. Fortunately, solvent degreasers containing hydrogen and carbon are up to the job. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Chemicals in Everyday Life, Solvent Degreasers, Industrial Cleaning

6 Uses of Specialty and Custom Chemicals

Posted by Noah Technologies on Feb 24, 2020 10:15:00 AM


Specialty chemicals are also known as “effect” or “performance” chemicals, as they are specifically formulated to create a specific function or effect. While common “commodity” chemicals are used in a wide range of applications, specialty or custom chemicals are often used in just one or two products, often by a single manufacturer. As technology continues to evolve at lighting speed, specialty and custom chemicals are playing a bigger role. 

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Topics: Chemical Industry, Custom Chemicals, Chemistry Lab, Chemicals in Medicine, Specialty Chemicals

The Advances in Battery Composition

Posted by Noah Technologies on Feb 18, 2020 9:52:00 AM


Although the term “battery” was not used until Benjamin Franklin’s experiments in 1749, what are now called “Baghdad batteries” were first used in Mesopotamia around 200 BC. They consisted of a jar containing a copper-covered iron rod and an acidic agent such as vinegar. Their exact purpose is not known, but may have been religious or medicinal in nature.

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Topics: batteries, battery advances, technology

5 Notable Women in STEM

Posted by Noah Technologies on Feb 11, 2020 8:45:00 AM


STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is an interdisciplinary approach to educating the next generation for the jobs of the future. STEM jobs are growing at nearly double the rate of other jobs (17% and 9.8% respectively), but women remain extremely underrepresented in all STEM fields except healthcare. Educators are taking a proactive approach to boosting girls’ interest in STEM. One of the biggest ways that parents can help is to expose girls to successful female role models in STEM careers. Here are just a few.

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Topics: Women in Science, Science

Chemistry's role in protecting football players from head injuries

Posted by Noah Technologies on Feb 3, 2020 8:51:00 AM


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Topics: Chemical Manufacturing, Chemicals Industry, American-Made, Chemical Engineering, Chemicals in Everyday Life

6 Notable Use Cases of Silicon

Posted by Noah Technologies on Jan 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM


Did you know there is silicon on the moon? 


During the moon landing of 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins left a small silicon disk on the moon containing messages of goodwill from many of planet earth’s most notable leaders at the time. Considering we have found countless uses for the element, it is not surprising that silicon is among the tokens left on the moon’s surface by the Apollo 11 team. 

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Topics: Chemical Industry, Custom Chemicals, Chemicals in Everyday Life, silicon, silicon metal

How Barium is Used in Everyday Life

Posted by Noah Technologies on Jan 20, 2020 8:15:00 AM


We often think of lead as the toughest metal, but did you know barium is just a little bit tougher?


An underdog on the periodic table, barium is not the most well-known element, yet every day we enjoy the benefits that barium provides us. Barium is an alkaline earth metal, primarily sourced from the minerals barite and witherite. Fresh cut barium has a silvery-white sheen but when left in contact with oxygen it quickly begins to oxidize. 

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Topics: Chemicals Industry, Barium, Chemicals in Everyday Life

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