Chemistry

You either had a crazy pyromaniac chemistry teacher at school who blew things up, in which case you will love the study of atoms and molecules and their structure and properties, or you had someone boring who told you to learn all the element symbols, in which case you probably gave it up as soon as possible. Either way, we live in an unprecedented era in which we know all the building blocks of the Universe, how they react and how to create completely new substances that can eradicate pain and cure diseases.

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