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166 Why is gold golden? 2014-09-23T12:00:46.487

147 Can an atom have more than 8 valence electrons? If not, why is 8 the limit? 2012-05-18T17:47:14.853

147 Why can we smell copper? 2014-01-20T07:19:53.793

109 Why doesn't water burn? 2016-12-12T19:17:03.467

86 Is there a general consensus on the causes of the alpha-effect? 2013-12-21T06:13:37.737

82 Is a negative pH level physically possible? 2013-07-31T18:58:49.087

80 Why is absolute zero unattainable? 2016-10-13T18:04:41.053

79 How do you melt metals with super high melting points? 2014-09-23T14:16:59.307

76 Is toothpaste solid or liquid? 2015-01-18T14:33:55.390

73 Is it actually possible to dispose of a body with hydrofluoric acid? 2013-05-03T12:08:02.953

69 If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does Teflon stick to frying pans? 2012-04-26T06:53:50.587

69 Does water really 'go bad' after a couple of days? 2014-03-23T12:31:12.977

68 Is it true that heavy water is not blue? 2017-04-04T04:46:44.263

63 Do all salts taste salty? 2014-11-17T10:14:07.750

62 Why would breathing pure oxygen be a bad idea? 2016-10-22T17:08:36.873

60 Why is the 2s orbital lower in energy than the 2p orbital when the electrons in 2s are usually farther from the nucleus? 2012-04-28T22:14:02.010

60 Bonding in diatomic C2, a carbon-carbon quadruple bond? 2012-06-05T01:32:31.257

60 How do people know HCN smells like almonds? 2016-03-01T05:37:39.157

57 What causes the old book smell? 2015-07-10T12:44:24.700

56 How does Walter White make pure crystal meth using a non-stereospecific reaction? 2013-12-23T16:09:22.517

56 Why does shaking a match put the fire out? 2016-02-01T01:05:01.220

52 Why do elements in columns 6 and 11 assume 'abnormal' electron configurations? 2012-04-28T22:03:40.027

52 Why does pasta really boil over? 2014-07-10T20:27:03.517

52 How do organic chemistry mechanisms become accepted? 2016-12-23T18:39:33.870

50 Could a magnet pull oxygen out of the air? 2015-07-15T00:05:25.293

49 Striking examples where Kohn-Sham orbitals clearly have no physical meaning 2012-03-16T10:41:09.000

47 How does chloroform degrade nitrile gloves? 2012-04-26T02:54:13.763

47 What is Bent's rule? 2014-08-26T18:37:14.547

47 Why do shampoo ingredient labels feature the term "Aqua"? 2017-01-07T15:48:13.743

46 Is carbon dioxide organic or inorganic? 2014-12-30T13:12:40.890

45 Why does menthol (e.g. peppermint) feel cool to the tongue? 2012-05-31T15:25:32.237

45 How can one explain Niobium’s weird electronic configuration? 2012-10-29T15:11:32.923

45 Why do we write NH3? 2014-09-13T16:30:54.117

45 Why doesn't frozen sugar solution taste sweet? 2017-04-23T08:23:13.377

43 What makes some metals melt at higher temperature? 2012-04-28T14:23:08.087

42 Are diamonds really forever? 2015-07-19T23:52:11.083

42 What is the pH of ice? 2016-05-05T13:20:51.193

41 What makes banana bonds possible in diborane? 2012-05-04T00:13:18.073

41 Ortho-effect in substituted aromatic acids and bases 2014-01-06T12:41:04.833

41 The last element's atomic number 2014-01-26T12:52:47.697

41 Why is FORTRAN so commonly used in computational chemistry? 2015-02-06T01:58:01.200

41 Why is an S-S bond stronger than an O-O bond? 2016-02-27T16:32:50.580

41 What happens to a radioactive carbon dioxide molecule when its carbon-14 atom decays? 2017-01-06T10:20:54.857

40 Why does nitration of N,N-dimethylaniline occur at the meta position? 2012-04-25T18:44:29.807

40 Why first water and then acid? 2012-08-03T21:24:31.253

40 Is buckminsterfullerene aromatic? 2015-09-20T19:41:32.530

39 Why does sulfur, but not oxygen, catenate? 2012-05-17T09:00:22.050

39 How do I figure out the hybridization of a particular atom in a molecule? 2013-03-17T05:37:32.333

39 Why is the recipe of Coca Cola still a secret? 2014-08-08T04:00:06.510

39 Carbon atoms at the edge of a diamond 2014-09-17T20:52:16.760

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