Nitrous use as a propellant and in cooking

Given the vast range of uses of nitrous oxide, it does not come as a surprise that this gas is also used in various different cooking processes.  When it comes to cooking, you need to have the right equipment available, and the most important thing is to have the right tools. A set of nitrous oxide cartridges would be a lot of help within the kitchen. Continue reading

The discovery of N20

N20, or nitrous oxide, is a colorless, odorless gas that is commonly produced through a range of different industrial and natural processes. Since it was found, nitrous oxide has developed greatly as one of the most frequently used gases, and now contributes significantly to the overall production of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, the discovery of nitrous oxide is not recent. In fact, the finding of nitrous oxide can be attributed to a time around two centuries back, in the 1700s. Continue reading

Simple home experiments with nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is commonly known is a popular gas that is used in the manufacture of fertilizer as well as in a number of different other synthetic activities. Even though the primary uses of nitrous oxide are industrial, it can be easily produced by a simple laboratory experiment. Continue reading

How to make nitrous oxide in a laboratory

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a sweet smell and a sweet taste to it. The gas is used primarily as an anesthetic in surgical operations and is also produced on a mass scale for a number of different reasons. These instructions will make nitrous oxide but not in a pure form and it should only be made and used for the purpose of experimentation DO NOT consider it safe for consumption or for making whipping cream (eg. in the way that cream chargers are used) Continue reading

Facts about nitrogen

 Nitrogen is one of the most popularly used gases in the atmosphere. 78% of the air is comprised of nitrogen, and at present, there are a lot of industrial and natural uses of nitrogen. Nitrogen has no taste, no scent and no color, and on the period table, its symbol is N. Continue reading

Early Use of Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide was discovered first by Joseph Priestley. Priestley followed upon the initial findings of Joseph Black and discovered nitrous oxide by heating ammonium nitrate and passing the resulting gas through water. However, even though Joseph Priestley is attributed with the finding of the gas, the person responsible for the early uses of nitrous oxide is Humphrey Davy.  Continue reading

Nitrous Oxide as a greenhouse gas

Greenhouse gases such as N2O are the gases which fail to leave our atmosphere due to the ozone layer. These gases are directly responsible for the depletion of the ozone and as well as harming the environment. The effects of global warming are partially due to the increase in the emissions of greenhouse gases as well. As industrial processes and manmade activities increase, the emissions of different greenhouses gases also rise exponentially. One of the gases that has drastically increased in terms of production is nitrous oxide. Continue reading

Sinking and Floating Balloons

A Science Experience For Kindergarten Children – Sinking And Floating

One of the mindboggling situations for parents is to select the right science projects for their kindergarten school kids. What many do not know is that since science is all around us, there are so many things that they could guide their children to do to satisfaction. The effect of density of gasses – nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and helium on the floating and sinking of balloons is also worth studying. Continue reading

Why Plants Require light, CO2 and the role of N2O

You probably do not know it but chances are that in your son or daughter lurks an investigative scientist, one who wants to investigate the reasons why things are the way they are. Now, every child loves growing things and they love exploring the world around them. One of the funniest ways for you to engage your children in science is to help them nurture and study the behavior of growing plants. Plants are the key in the mystery that is the world – they do their part in the transforming of global gases and the locking up of Carbon Dioxide and Nitrous Oxide  plus they play their part in moving around the H2O that is also a global gas. Continue reading