Are Human Burial Practices Messing Up Earth’s Ecosystems?

From Reactions. Are humans destroying the circle of life? #decomposition #death #burial #ecosystem Check out episode 1 of Vitals! https://youtu.be/xus08qnUxPE You might also like: The Top 5 Strangest Poisons That Can Kill You: https://youtu.be/4hQ0G0GaYR8 Can You Cryogenically Freeze Your Body and Come Back to Life? https://youtu.be/Wk2NxBYCe6s How to Dispose of a Dead Body: https://youtu.be/1C0AF_y_Ms8 We…

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan win the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis". More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Discussed by Martyn Poliakoff, Pete Licence and Ian Ball at the University of Nottingham. Nobel website: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2021/summary/ Many more Nobel Prize videos on our channel:…

Better Pizza Through Chemistry

From Reactions. This week we show you how two simple changes can turn cardboard-y pizza into award winning pie (okay, award-winning might be a slight exaggeration, but we awarded ourselves a win, so deal with it). Here’s our simple recipe for making stellar pizza at home: Mix 1 package (0.25 oz) of dry yeast into…

Science of Concrete & the Surfside Condo Collapse

From Reactions. Even earthquakes aren’t supposed to bring down concrete buildings. So how did the Surfside Condominium—a modern building built in 1981—fail? You might also like: How Can Fertilizer Explode? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SeT3N3A19c Are We Standing on a Quadrillion Tons of Diamonds?: https://youtu.be/JB-dOm2k6NY The Great MOLASSES Flood of 1919: https://youtu.be/iMPGm3OSvMg How Carbon Capture Works: https://youtu.be/wu3hoo3p4Kk Credits: Executive…

Thallium (ALL NEW VIDEO) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A new video about the element Thallium. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Professor Martyn Poliakoff and Neil Barnes. Thanks to The Royal Society of Chemistry for supporting this episode: https://www.rsc.org Some papers and credits… Preliminary researches on thallium: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspl.1862.0030 The Royal Society: https://royalsociety.org/collections/ MEL Science: https://melscience.com/US-en/ Videos on…

Is There Plastic in My Rain?

From Reactions. Every year more than 1,000 tons of plastic rains down onto national parks and wilderness in the western U.S. Where does that plastic come from? And is it also in rain that falls on Washington, DC? #microplastic #pollution #plasticrain You might also like: How Plastic Recycling Actually Works: https://youtu.be/zO3jFKiqmHo Can Plastic Be Composted?:…

HEAVY WATER (and stopping Germany building an Atom Bomb) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. The professor receives a sample of heavy water – and tells an interesting story about it. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Sydney Pearson on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0669392/ Our original Heavy Water video: https://youtu.be/hUVzb0fzHsk Can you drink heavy water: https://youtu.be/fyK6kPi8k78 The Heroes of Telemark (film): https://amzn.to/3fKOztI Skis Against the Atom (book):…

We Tried to Preserve a Strawberry Forever. Things Got…Ugly

From Reactions. To learn more about preservatives, check out George’s book http://www.rebrand.ly/Ingredients You’ve heard of the epoxy hot dog, but how about the epoxy strawberry? On this week’s episode we’re going to try to make a strawberry last forever. #preservatives #epoxyhotdog #epoxystrawberry You might also like: The Science of Kombucha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxARRckS9dA Are Food Calories Bulloney?…

How Does Sunscreen Work? Can it Really Prevent Wrinkles and Cancer?

From Reactions. To learn more about sunscreen, check out Ingredients at http://www.rebrand.ly/Ingredients Does slathering on sunscreen do anything beyond preventing a sunburn? Can it actually stop us from getting wrinkles or skin cancer? #sunscreen #skincancer #sunburn #wrinkles You might also like: The World’s Most Unavoidable Carcinogen: https://youtu.be/7ZXvngquyT4 How Do Anti-Wrinkle Creams Work?: https://youtu.be/2ueEEwg7bck What is…

Flesh-Destroying Chromic Acid – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Chicken legs in chromic acid – plus we re-visit sulfuric acid with a new approach. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Previous videos… Flesh-eating HF: https://youtu.be/oipksRhISfM Cheeseburger in HCl: http://youtu.be/NddZ5ftQb0Q Lightbulb in HF: https://youtu.be/6ZBwluyR2Tc Chromium Trioxide: https://youtu.be/_HvYJQ5Bofk Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry…

How Lead (Maybe?) Caused the Downfall of the Roman Empire

From Reactions. Ancient Rome’s emperors did some pretty bizarre stuff—bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter, appointing a horse as a priest, dressing in animal skins and attacking people… the list goes on. Why did they act this way? Possibly… lead poisoning. In this week’s episode, we unwrap the possibility that lead caused the Roman Empire’s…

Pub Chemistry Trivia to Help You Interact With Humans

From Reactions. Excited to get back out in the world but worried you’ve forgotten how to talk to other humans? We have some chemistry trivia to help ease you back in. #trivia #chemistry ++ Note: A viewer pointed out (thank you Ryan Herold!) that we said pickle fermentation produces vinegar (acetic acid) but it actually…

Clouds of Ammonium Chloride – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Today we do some demonstrations with Ammonium Chloride. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements 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 at http://twitter.com/periodicvideos From the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham:…

Why Molybdenum is named after Lead – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Professor Polikaoff dusts off his ancient Greek (and some old wiring) to discuss the naming of Molybdenum. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos Our table of patrons: http://periodicvideos.com/patreon_table/table.jpg Our videos on Molybdenum wire… Exploding wires: https://youtu.be/kexteGM2V2s Amazing Molybdenum: https://youtu.be/0cUYNaJvSbY Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements…

Making transparent wood

From NileRed. Check out http://KiwiCo.com/NileRed for 50% off your first month of ANY crate! ——————————————- A few years ago I tried making transparent wood and it kind of worked. The pieces that I made were somewhat okay, but I was never really happy with the result. I finally decided to try it again though! Old…

Can Science Make Less Addictive Opioids?

From Reactions. Will we ever have painkillers as good as opioids, but without the risk of addiction and overdose? #opioids #heroin #opioidcrisis You might also like: What Happens When You Overdose?: https://youtu.be/xLSz3wEgwJ8 Why Are Synthetic Drugs So Dangerous?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83gIiBD365E The Top 5 Strangest Poisons That Can Kill You: https://youtu.be/4hQ0G0GaYR8 Can You Take Expired Drugs?: https://youtu.be/aT4qzgEQr-Y…

Forever Chemicals

From Reactions. Forever chemicals are used in everything from rain jackets to jet fuel. But the chemistry behind what makes them useful also makes them stick around in the environment and us…forever? #pfas #foreverchemicals #pfoa #genx #pfos You might also like: Testing the Best Bomb Detectors: https://youtu.be/TRwqOFHOjac The Top 5 Strangest Poisons That Can Kill…

Einsteinium (new) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A new video about the element Einsteinium. Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ More reading: The New Elements Einsteinium and Fermium, Atomic Numbers 99 and 100: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/70q401ct Symposium commemorating the 25th anniversary of elements 99 and 100: https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6248544 Structural and spectroscopic characterization of an…

Bomb Sniffing Military Dog vs. Machine (and Sam)

From Reactions. #bombsniffer #k9 #bombdetector #chemicaldetector What’s better at finding a hidden bomb–a dog, or an electronic chemical detector? Let’s find out. You might also like: How Can Fertilizer Explode?: https://youtu.be/-SeT3N3A19c What Makes Smartphones Explode? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY-kzHn9kvo What Could An Explosion On the Sun Do Here On Earth? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7mZBaleCFE What Exactly Happened at Chernobyl? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvpS2lUHZD8 Credits:…

Making Hydrogen (and a big mess) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Senior technician Neil Barnes re-enacts a favourite experiment from his childhood, reacting aluminium and sodium hydroxide to produce hydrogen. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Neil Barnes and Sir Martyn Poliakoff. Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/ Follow us on…

The Prof watches Breaking Bad (at last)

From Periodic Videos. Sir Martyn Poliakoff discussing the pilot episode of Breaking Bad. The acclaimed TV show was produced by High Bridge Entertainment, Gran Via Productions, and Sony Pictures Television – http://www.sonypictures.com/tv/breakingbad Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements 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…

Lutetium – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. New video on the element Lutetium… Check out http://KiwiCo.com/PeriodicVideos for 50% off your first month of any subscription. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements Some featured papers… Urbain’s discovery paper: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k3099v/f759.table Die Zerlegung des Ytterbiums in seine Elemente: https://api.semanticscholar.org/CorpusID:197766399 Crystal Growth and Properties of…

Dissolving Coins in Nitric Acid – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. We put Nitric Acid through its paces, including dissolving coins. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Neil Barnes. See some previous acid videos: https://bit.ly/AcidVideos Videos on all 118 elements: http://bit.ly/118elements 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…

I still can’t believe that Epsom Salt is mostly water

From NileRed. Start your 30-day Audible trial and get your free audiobook by going to https://www.audible.com/nilered or by texting NILERED to 500500. ——————————————- Giveaway: https://gleam.io/hAG82/bath-salt-water-giveaway By weight, Epsom Salt is actually 53% water and this is something that has always blown my mind. It just felt way too much to be possible and I’ve finally…

Phosphine and Life on Venus – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Following reports of Phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere, and associated speculation about life… More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Phosphine in the clouds of Venus: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1174-4 See our white phosphorus video: https://youtu.be/U6_-EUcswSc Apologies for the P2H4 typo, which should read PH2H4 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/…

Activation Energy (and exploding bags of Chlorine) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. The Professor discusses activation energy – and we flash some light onto bags of Chlorine and Hydrogen. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ More element videos: http://bit.ly/118elements 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 at http://twitter.com/periodicvideos From the School…

The Anti-Frizz Comb (and other curiosities)

From Periodic Videos. Professor Martyn Poliakoff shows us a few strange family objects from his Nottingham home. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Check out Objectivity: 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 at http://twitter.com/periodicvideos From the School of Chemistry at…

Making superconductors

From NileRed. Go to https://expressvpn.com/nilered and find out how you can get 3 months free. ——————————————- A few years ago, I saw a video about superconductors and it looked like anti-gravity magic. So, I decided to try and make some superconductors myself and to see if I could re-create the effect myself. In particular, I’ll…

Making glow toys from scratch

From NileRed. Visit https://Brilliant.org/NileRed to get 20% off a year of Brilliant Premium! ——————————————- Note: In my equation for ZnS + O2, please ignore my explanation below it. It doesn’t make sense. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by things that glow in the dark. I had a few glow toys that…

Making aerogel

From NileRed. Go to https://buyraycon.com/NileRed for 15% off your order! Brought to you by Raycon. ——————————————- It has taken many months, but I was finally able to make a decent aerogel! Procedure resources: https://www.aerogel.org and https://bit.ly/g4gsf2s Veritasium video: https://youtu.be/AeJ9q45PfD0 Applied Science video: https://youtu.be/X24np30GS2o NileBlue video: https://youtu.be/JslxPjrMzqY Nile talks about lab safety: https://youtu.be/ftACSEJ6DZA ——————————————- NileRed Store:…

Making uranium glass

From NileRed. Visit https://Brilliant.org/NileRed to get 20% off a year of Brilliant Premium! ——————————————- WARNING: Working with uranium and radioactive material is dangerous, and this video is for entertainment/educational purposes only. Please don’t try and repeat what you see. Also, when the project is done, the waste needs to be dealt with and handled properly.…

Making toilet paper moonshine

From NileRed. **Major correction: I wrongly and repeatedly referred to T. Reesei as being a yeast, when it is actually another type of fungus. Yeast is also a type of fungus, so my comments about reaction conditions remain true, but it is incorrect to call T. Reesei a yeast. Or to say that the cellulase…

Making my favorite liquid carcinogen

From NileRed. In this video, I make one of my favorite chemicals, which is a nice and carcinogenic chromium-based liquid. Cleanup video: https://youtu.be/b6R2sTjtUFs Sulfuric acid video: https://youtu.be/4DUGRWjdNLI My old chromyl chloride video: https://youtu.be/a0-LwnmW694 Doug’s lab (reference video): https://youtu.be/legoRGAXNP8 Nile talks about lab safety: https://youtu.be/ftACSEJ6DZA ——————————————- NileRed Store: https://bit.ly/3BHx06i Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nilered Youtube Membership: https://www.youtube.com/c/nilered/join Official NileRed…

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…