Chemistry


A tree shines yellow near the UW–Madison Arboretum
Each year, as August fades into September here in southern Wisconsin, it always seems to take me by surprise to see the bright greens of spring and summer subtly transition to the goldens and burgundys of autumn. The trees and prairies slowly changing their attire. “But isn’t it too soon?” […]

Why do leaves change color in the fall?





Fireworks light up the night sky over Lake Mendota
It’s firework season in the United States. Independence Day. A celebration of our freedom and sovereignty as a nation. Each year, we stand in awe beneath the brilliant light shows put on across the country, paying homage to our heritage and our history. But how often have you wondered how fireworks are […]

The science of fireworks