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Zinc reacting with lead nitrate in a soft gel to form lead crystals. (Photo by Yan Liang/Caters News)

These beautiful shots may look like works of modern art – but they are actually close-ups of chemical reactions. The works were snapped with the help of a group of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China. Here: Zinc reacting with lead nitrate in a soft gel to form lead crystals. (Photo by Yan Liang/Caters News)
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23 Oct 2014 11:33:00
Massive Chemical Fire Rages Near Dallas

Waxahachie firefighters battle a massive fire at the Magnablend chemical processing plant on October 3, 2011 in Waxahachie, Texas. The burning chemical plant is not far from several residential areas and Wedgeworth Elementary School. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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04 Oct 2011 11:11:00
A woman holds her dog as it is blessed by a priest in Benalmadena, near Malaga, Spain, January 17, 2016. Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of San Anton, Spain's patron saint of animals. (Photo by Jon Nazca/Reuters)

A woman holds her dog as it is blessed by a priest in Benalmadena, near Malaga, Spain, January 17, 2016. Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of San Anton, Spain's patron saint of animals. (Photo by Jon Nazca/Reuters)
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19 Jan 2016 08:03:00
French firemen wearing chemical protective suits take part in a mock chemical attack exercise at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, April 4, 2016 in preparation of security measures for the UEFA 2016 European Championship. (Photo by Robert Pratta/Reuters)

French firemen wearing chemical protective suits take part in a mock chemical attack exercise at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, April 4, 2016 in preparation of security measures for the UEFA 2016 European Championship. (Photo by Robert Pratta/Reuters)
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07 Apr 2016 15:33:00
In this photo released by Xhinhua News Agency, a rescuer evacuates residents near the site of a chemical plant blast in Zhangzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Six people have been hospitalized and hundreds of firefighters deployed to battle a blaze sparked by an explosion at Goure PX Plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene, officials said Tuesday. (Photo by Wei Peiquan/AP Photo/Xinhua)

In this photo released by Xhinhua News Agency, a rescuer evacuates residents near the site of a chemical plant blast in Zhangzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Six people have been hospitalized and hundreds of firefighters deployed to battle a blaze sparked by an explosion at Goure PX Plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene, officials said Tuesday. (Photo by Wei Peiquan/AP Photo/Xinhua)
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10 Apr 2015 06:49:00
Rabbit Island in Japan

Only after World War II did the secret spill: Ōkunoshima, located in the Inland Sea of Japan between Hiroshima and Shikoku, was the top-secret site for manufacturing chemical warfare. When the factories were closed down, a number of exotic wild rabbits were seen freely roaming the island. They were assumed to have been the test subjects for the chemical weapons, which the military failed to eradicate when the factory was demolished.
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17 Feb 2014 12:23:00
A labourer pulls a cart loaded with sacks of spices at a wholesale spice and chemical market in the old quarters of Delhi, India, December 19, 2016. Picture taken December 19, 2016. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

A labourer pulls a cart loaded with sacks of spices at a wholesale spice and chemical market in the old quarters of Delhi, India, December 19, 2016. Picture taken December 19, 2016. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
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29 Dec 2016 07:36:00
The old church of Geamana village is seen partially submerged by polluted water tainted with cyanide and other chemicals near Rosia Montana, central Romania, March 24, 2014. (Photo by Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)

The old church of Geamana village is seen partially submerged by polluted water tainted with cyanide and other chemicals near Rosia Montana, central Romania, March 24, 2014. (Photo by Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)
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23 Sep 2014 12:48:00