Can you build the next chemistry set?

A new competition from the Society for Science & the Public is out to reinvent one of science’s most beloved traditions

By Bethany Brookshire, 17:46 PM November 22, 2013

When you read interviews and biographies with famous scientists, one common theme comes up. When asked how they got into science as kids, scientists often say they played with chemistry sets.

The chemistry sets of yore could produce fires, small explosions and eat away your kitchen table. But those sets could also tell you a lot about how the world works. They gave many scientists their first eureka moments, offering a taste of the amazing things that await in a life of inquiry.

But that was th...

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