Chemistry Spotlight: Lava and Volcanic Gases

If you’ve seen the news recently you’ve probably heard of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Kilauea has been erupting for almost three months now, and has been causing plenty of damage to Hawaii’s “Big Island.” Take a look at some of the chemical components of lava and volcanic gases:This infographic was created by Andy Brunning. To see more of Brunning’s work, go to To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit

Spotlight on Chemistry: Slime

If you have any younger family or friends, or have stumbled upon Instagram’s #satisfyingvideos tag (which has an astounding 1.3 million posts), you’ve doubtless noticed the world’s current fascination with slime. Learn about the chemistry behind the trendy substance: