Is Superhero Strength Real?

From Reactions. You’ve probably heard stories about mothers lifting cars to save their baby trapped underneath–but is that just an urban myth? This week on Reactions we talk about “superhero strength” and the chemistry behind what’s possible. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also like: Can Radiation Give You Superpowers? https://youtu.be/GbmSmgTIQ8s…

You Might Not Want to Mix These 5 Things With Birth Control

From Reactions. Many forms of birth control are hormone-based–but not everything mixes well with those hormones. This week on Reactions, learn about some common products that could make your birth control less effective or cause dangerous side effects. If you have any concerns, be sure to consult your doctor. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions…

What Exactly Happened at Chernobyl?

From Reactions. On April 26, 1986 the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl Power Complex nuclear reactor 4 exploded. This week on Reactions, we talk about the chemistry behind this catastrophic event. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also like: How to Survive a Real-Life “Fallout” https://youtu.be/J8rVCVv8PeQ How Does Chemotherapy TreatBreast Cancer? https://youtu.be/QcgnVuRx20s Can…

The microwave plasma mystery

From NileRed. Sometime last year, I got really interested in microwave plasma, which can be made from a lot of things like lit matches, aluminum foil or just some grapes. However, when I went searching for more info about it, I really couldn’t find much of anything. There was also no explanation as to why…

Can a Fecal Transplant Save You From This Dangerous Bacteria?

From Reactions. Every year around half a million people in the United States get sick from the bacterium C. diff, often after taking antibiotics. Sound counterintuitive? This week on Reactions we break down why that happens, and how an unlikely hero could save the day. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might…

Amazing Molybdenum

From Periodic Videos. Previous wire video: https://youtu.be/kexteGM2V2s Signup for your FREE trial to The Great Courses Plus here: http://ow.ly/yWXs302du5V (sponsor) More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Download unduloid microscope images and more here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28806306 Featuring Neil Barnes and Martyn Polikaoff. Film by Brady Haran. Discuss this episode on Brady’s subreddit: https://redd.it/cke82v Also thanks…

Why Are We Dumping Fertilizer on Forest Fires?

From Reactions. When wildfires break out on hot, windy days they pose a serious threat to people and the environment. This week on Reactions, learn how we’re using fertilizer to keep dangerous blazes at bay. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also like: Small Bottle, HUGE Fireball (How Flame Jetting Works)…

The Top 5 Strangest Poisons That Can Kill You

From Reactions. There are some crazy poisons in this world of ours, and they’re often found in things you’d least expect. In this week’s episode of Reactions, we break down our top 5. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also like: Can Mixing Cleaning Chemicals Kill You? https://youtu.be/FH1h0oWjark Inside the Game…

Can We Make Ocean Water Drinkable — and Should We?

From Reactions. We need water to survive–and Earth is covered in it! Unfortunately, almost all of that water is salty. In this week’s episode of Reactions find out why getting freshwater from ocean water is a lot trickier than you might imagine. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also like: What…

How Pee Helped Win the Revolutionary War (Maybe…) – July 4th Special Episode

From Reactions. Old school gunpowder is really called “black powder,” and it was so crucial to the Revolutionary War effort that we went to great (and gross) lengths to try and make it. This week on Reactions, find out what exactly those lengths were. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ You might also…

This chemical really doesn’t want to exist

From NileRed. Cleanup video on my other channel, NileBlue: https://youtu.be/8zilEg_feZA ————————————————- For this video, I make a chemical called manganese heptoxide, which is an unstable and strong oxidizer. It looks for any excuse to decompose and it reacts violently with most organic things. I tested it on a few things like cotton balls and paper,…

Who REALLY invented the periodic table?

From Periodic Videos. Go to https://wix.com/go/PeriodicVideos to start your own website. Check our website at https://www.periodicvideos.net/ More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Our guest was Peter Wothers from the University of Cambridge: https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/person/pdw12 Discussing the likes of Dmitri Mendeleev, William Odling, Alexandre-Emile Béguyer de Chancourtois, John Newlands, Julius Lothar Meyer, and Gustavus Hinrichs.…

But Could CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

From Reactions. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non psychoactive compound produced by the marijuana plant that seems to be everywhere these days. Maybe you’ve even been asked if you’d like it added to your morning cup of joe! THC, also marijuana-derived, is what gets people high and is screened for by drug tests. The chemical…

Why is Carbon the Key to Life? (On Earth, Anyway)

From Reactions. One element is the backbone of all forms of life we’ve ever discovered on Earth: carbon. Number six on the periodic table is, to the best of our knowledge, impossible to live without. In this episode of Reactions, discover what makes carbon so exceptional, its nearly infinite capabilities, and potential intergalactic implications. Subscribe!…

Exploding Wires

From Periodic Videos. Putting electrical current through wires made from different metals. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Senior Technician Neil Barnes and Professor Martyn Poliakoff A video on every element: http://bit.ly/118elements Discuss this video on Brady’s subreddit: https://redd.it/br91u9 Some papers on exploding wires… https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5249160 https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1063/1.3051737 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More…

That Fresh Cut Grass Scent is Really a Signal of Distress

From Reactions. Spring is in the air! It’s time to mow the lawn and breathe in the smell of freshly cut grass. But this pleasant springtime scent may actually be a chemical cry for help. In the latest Reactions episode, we explain how plants communicate, their chemical response to being damaged, and how bugs play…

You can’t smell metal

From NileRed. Pick up a shirt! https://www.bonfire.com/nilered/ ————————————————— Metal has no odor and you can’t smell it. But what are we smelling then? It turns out that it’s mostly a chemical called 1-octen-3-one, which is generated when your skin oils react with metal that you’ve touched. I thought this was really interesting, and I decided…

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

From Reactions. There are many ways to find out if you’re pregnant. One is to wait and see. For those of us who are a little less patient, there’s the take-home chemistry kit known as a pregnancy test. But how do a little strip of paper and a few drops of urine tell you whether…

Making raspberry perfume

From NileRed. In this video, I get a bit back into making compounds with odors and scents. I chose to go with Raspberry Ketone, because I thought it was an interesting molecule and the synthesis seemed fun. However, in the future, I think I’m going to venture into the territory of nasty smelling compounds. For…

How to use a stapler

From NileRed. I’m back with another yearly installment of tutorials. Stay tuned for more, and let me know what other things you’d like to see in the future! The last I did was with a toaster and it went really well. https://youtu.be/bs0-EX9mJmg —————————— For those of you who didn’t notice, this was an April Fool’s…

Turning liquid mercury into a weird sponge

From NileRed. https://teespring.com/nilered My friends Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ray.uppal/ —————————————- In this video, I continue my amalgam series and I attempt to make the so-called ammonium amalgam. This was done by combining an ammonium salt with sodium amalgam that I made in a previous video. Link to 1865 paper: https://goo.gl/3NVehp Sodium amalgam video: https://youtu.be/SoOyaDWIoMA ——————————– Nile…

Diamonds Uncut

From Periodic Videos. The Professor looks at uncut diamonds of all shapes and sizes. Part 2: Polishing a Pink Mega Diamond – https://youtu.be/YMyPo-MEvMA More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Filmed at Alrosa’s sorting facility in Moscow. Our thanks also to the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Part 2: Polishing a Pink Mega Diamond…

Milking the Thorium Cow – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. How to produce Actinium from a “cow” of Thorium… Filmed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ More on Actinium: https://youtu.be/rKm0ShaJNFM Oak Ridge National Laboratory (nuclear science): https://www.ornl.gov/science-area/nuclear-sciences With thanks to Rose Boll and everyone else at Oak Ridge. Discuss this video on Brady’s subreddit: https://redd.it/aeuv0v…

Sodium and Mercury

From NileRed. Go to https://NordVPN.com/nilered and or use code NILERED to to get 75% off a 3 year plan. Protect yourself online today! ———————————————- This is the first official video in my new amalgam series, where I try and combine as many different metals as possible with mercury. For this video, I’ll be making the…

The chemical trafficlight

From NileRed. In this video, I’ll be recreating the popular demonstration called the Chemical Traffic Light Reaction. Note: I made a mistake in the video. I said the carbonate solution would have a pH around 8-9, but it would actually be closer to 11-12. I was thinking of sodium bicarbonate when I said that. Video…

Making transparent wood

From NileRed. This is probably the longest video that I’ve ever posted on my channel, but I wanted it to be as complete as possible! A few months ago, I saw a video made by AvE where he tried to make transparent wood. After seeing it, I was really interested in trying it out for…

What is Fool’s Gold?

From NileRed. Go to https://NordVPN.com/nilered and or use code NILERED to to get 75% off a 3 year plan. Protect yourself online today! —————————- In my opinion, fool’s gold is a really interesting mineral, and in this video, I try to show some of its cool properties. This is the first in a series that…

Why you need to wear safety glasses – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. We use some cherry tomatoes and Krakatoa Tubes in a classic demonstration of the value of safety goggles. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Krakatoa on Objectivity: https://youtu.be/1bnvNI-j22E Previous Krakatoa Tubes video: https://youtu.be/drHVT4NHSNQ Thanks to Professor Andy Beeby, University of Durham, for a gift of the specially-made Krakatoa tubes for…

Making test tube liquid rockets

From NileRed. Go to https://www.NordVPN.com/nilered or use code NILERED and save 66%! Start protecting yourself on the web today! ———————————————— WARNING: what I do in this video is extremely dangerous. Please don’t try doing this yourself. For this video, I’ll be exploring some of the science behind hypergolic liquid propelled rockets. As a fuel, I…

Dubnium (new) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A new video about the element Dubnium. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Our trip to Russia: http://bit.ly/Russia_Trip Super Heavy Element playlist: http://bit.ly/super_heavy Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements Objectivity channel: http://bit.ly/Objectivity Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/ Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/periodicvideos And on Twitter…

Tin (new) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A new video about the element Tin. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos Featuring Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff and senior technician Neil Barnes. Nitrogen: https://youtu.be/H8XNdqA18-M Archive footage courtesy of the AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/ Tin pest video: https://youtu.be/FUoVEmHuykM via wwwperiodictableru Discuss this video on Brady’s subreddit:…

Argon (new) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A new and improved Argon video. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Senior Technician Neil Barnes at the University of Nottingham. Videos on all the elements: http://bit.ly/118elements See our recent Helium video: https://youtu.be/M6xZZiaLOV4 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/ Follow us…