A novel material called upsalite is the world's most water-absorbent material. Made of nanostructured anhydrous magnesium carbonate, this material is capable of absorbing several hundred times its weight in water, even i... More »

Roots absorb water from the surrounding soil using the process of osmosis. Plant and tree roots have special structures, called root hair cells, that cover a large surface area and act as tiny sponges to absorb maximal a... More »

A cut flower pulls water into its stem through the phenomenon of capillary action. When a cut flower stem is placed in a vase, the water adheres to the stem walls and creates an upward force that is stronger than the for... More »

Perform an acid-base titration in the lab by setting up a burette, dissolving the material for analysis in water in a flask, adding an indicator, recording an initial reading of the burette, adding titrant until the colo... More »

To shrink rubber, expose the material to extreme, direct heat, and then form it into the desired shape. Heat the rubber material with a blow dryer or hot air gun in an outdoor setting to minimize the risk of fire or inju... More »

Chromatography is used in many different disciplines of science to separate mixtures by flowing it over or through a material referred to as a stationary phase. The mixture that is to be separated has to be dissolved in ... More »

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Activities on Pearson Interactive Science involve photosynthesis, gravity, material properties, and protecting the environment and its resources. Interactive Science has programs spanning grades K through eight. More »

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