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…

UNTOLD | Killer Tides

From Reactions. Maybe you already knew that deadly algal tides discolor ocean waves, deplete the water of oxygen, and release toxins that can kill a huge range of ocean critters, but did you know that the tiny organisms that cause red tides are also an extremely important part of our ecosystem? In this episode of…

UNTOLD | The Great MOLASSES Flood of 1919

From Reactions. When you think “molasses,” you probably think “slow, sticky,” or “totally boring,” but in January, 1919, a tsunami wave of molasses destroyed Boston’s North End, killing 21 people and leaving another 150 injured. In this episode of #Untold, a new #YouTubeLearning series from ACS, PBS, and YouTube, we get into the science behind…

The Loneliest Whale

From Reactions. Out in the deep swims an elusive whale who has never been seen, but has been heard for years. The whale sings a song outside the normal whale-song frequency. Does that mean none of its fellow whales can understand it? In this episode of Untold, we bring you the story of the Loneliest…

Coffee Roasting Chemistry Throwdown: PhD vs. BS

From Reactions. How hard could roasting beans at home really be? Sam and George go head-to-head in a coffee roasting competition to find out, and Candy Schibli, the founder of Southeastern Roastery (https://www.southeasternroastery.com/aboutsoutheasternroastery.html#), where she’s also head roaster, provides expert advice.. You might also like: What Makes Coffee So Good? https://youtu.be/ml79faGQg_c White, Green, Black, and…

NEW: Black Nitrogen – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Researchers discover a new form of Nitrogen. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Discussed by Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham. Our thanks to Dr Dominique Laniel and his team, which did the research. Check the paper: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.216001 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/…

How Does Tear Gas Work?

From Reactions. CS gas is one of the most common tear gases used in the United States today, but did you know it’s not actually a gas? We break down why it causes so much pain and the best ways to recover if you’re hit with it. A reminder: we’re not doctors! Please contact yours…

The Plutonium Core of an Atom Bomb – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Professor Martyn Poliakoff discusses atom bombs with a Plutonium core – including the crucial role of Gallium. Extra footage from this interview at: https://youtu.be/KyEn4On9S-8 More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Previous video on Gallium: https://youtu.be/wNf1rBjCaPk Plutonium video: https://youtu.be/89UNPdNtOoE The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a good read: https://amzn.to/3hEu7ds The…

We Surprised a Llama Antibody Researcher with an Actual Llama

From Reactions. Scientists are considering some less-conventional approaches to tackle the COVID-19 #pandemic. One of those approaches is using #antibodies from llamas to fight off #SARCoV2, or to keep it from infecting you in the first place. We chatted with one scientist behind the research, Daniel Wrapp, and had a surprise for him in store.…

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…

Why Are Antibody Tests Failing?

From Reactions. Many people are wondering if that bad cold they had back in February or March was actually the new coronavirus. In principle, an antibody test could tell you that, but most of the tests out there right now aren’t very good. We chatted with David Kroll to learn how these tests work, where…

Surprise Signature – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. The Professor is surprised to find TWO Ernest Rutherford signatures in a book on his shelves. Check Objectivity at: http://bit.ly/Objectivity More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Patrons can download hi-res images of the signature and periodic table here (thanks for your support, everyone): https://www.patreon.com/posts/37472419 Ernest Rutherford’s potato masher: https://youtu.be/CGgeBifpvBw Rutherfordium:…

Nuclear Landmines and Chickens – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. The Professor with a tale to tell – and lessons learned about chickens and Project Blue Peacock. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Gallium Video: https://youtu.be/N6ccRvKKwZQ Videos on all the elements: http://bit.ly/118elements The Professor speaks in France and Russia: https://youtu.be/sK7i1c0QGsU Featuring Professor Martyn Poliakoff. Chicken animation by Pete McPartlan. With…

Coronavirus Drugs: Where Are We and What’s Next?

From Reactions. Antiviral drugs could help us fight the new coronavirus, but we don’t currently have a highly potent and effective antiviral that cures COVID-19. Why not? We called a few virologists to find out. You might also like: Gilead’s remdesivir gets emergency use authorization based on preliminary data in COVID-19 https://cen.acs.org/pharmaceuticals/drug-development/Data-remdesivir-clinical-trial-offer/98/i17 Cell studies suggest…

Could the Polio Vaccine Save the World (…Again)

From Reactions. The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists considering a few less-conventional options while vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are being developed. One option might be the oral #polio #vaccine. We chatted with one of the researchers proposing the idea—Dr. Robert Gallo—to understand why a vaccine that hasn’t been used in the US for two decades might provide…

Accidents and Regrets (and chocolate biscuits)

From Periodic Videos. The third of our 2020 Q&A series. See the trilogy at: https://bit.ly/ProfQandA More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Chemistry computer game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cylNiU0mmHg The Prof is knighted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilt0xvYnNXU 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 Professor’s Car and Watch (Q&A with The Prof)

From Periodic Videos. More viewer questions answered by The Prof… See more here: https://bit.ly/ProfQandA More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Some clips you saw in this video were (in order of appearance)… Ammonia Fountain: https://youtu.be/NO7V6TMQuBs Hot Charcoal in LOX: https://youtu.be/y7uCBWkrAXo Touch Powder: https://youtu.be/JME_He6PH4M Hydrogen Explosions: https://youtu.be/z7-8gxAXXbU Burning Ping Pong Balls: https://youtu.be/yTN-5nfvTJ0 Accidental Reaction:…

Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?

From Reactions. You might have heard that vaccine trials are currently underway in Seattle. What exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine against the novel coronavirus? We chat with Dr. Benjamin Neuman, one of the world’s experts on coronavirus, and Daniel Wrapp, one of…

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 ——————————————- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nilered…

Can Soap REALLY “Kill” the Coronavirus?

From Reactions. Constantly being told to wash your hands? Us too. So we’re diving into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Find us on all these places: Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Executive Producers: George Zaidan Hilary Hudson Producer: Andrew Sobey Writer/Host:…

Indium (extra bit) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A little bit extra from our main video at: https://youtu.be/TviX7V-ay5I Special thanks to the Great Courses Plus: http://ow.ly/h2E130qpmJD More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ 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…

Cheese and Climate Change (Q&A with The Prof)

From Periodic Videos. Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff answers some viewer questions. See more here: https://bit.ly/ProfQandA More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Amazon links Primo Levi, The Periodic Table: https://amzn.to/2vqcsTG Owen Matthews, Black Sun: https://amzn.to/2VETCTp Stephen Poliakoff box set: https://amzn.to/38gy0z9 The Professor’s chromium trioxide failure and alarm: https://youtu.be/_HvYJQ5Bofk The Prof’s school visit: https://youtu.be/M8YzIa6Amuc Support…

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 Acid Rain (INDOORS) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. Check out our Acid Rain demonstration. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/periodicvideos More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Neil Barnes from the University of Nottingham. Rain drops on Sixty Symbols: https://youtu.be/zpz1NewULzo Cheeseburger in Acid: https://youtu.be/NddZ5ftQb0Q Archive footage courtesy of AP Archive – http://www.aparchive.com/ More chemistry at…

Going Dark

From Reactions. We won’t be releasing any new videos in January and February. Why? We’ll be working hard to develop new content we hope you’ll love. But fear not! We’ll still be posting on social media and in the community tab, so give us a follow to stay up to date. We’re psyched to bring…

Arsenic (new) – Periodic Table of Videos

From Periodic Videos. A brand new video on the element Arsenic. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ Featuring Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Neil Barnes. Arsenic life: https://youtu.be/rQ8jHM8QhU8 With thanks to the AP Archive. 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…

You Died. Now What? Here’s 11 Things You Could Do With Your Dead Body

From Reactions. After you die, your body has quite a few options –– from being turned into a diamond to helping solve a murder. This week, let us break down the possibilities so you can rest easy. 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 Happens When You’re About to…

Could The Dip Really Kill a Toon? and Other Cartoon Chem (ft. SpongeBob, Popeye, & more)

From Reactions. Are bananas actually that slippery? Could spinach give you superhuman strength? And what the heck is Toon Acid? This week, watch some cartoons alongside our writer and host, Sam Jones, and learn whether their chemistry checks out. 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: The Chemistry of Love…

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…

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Lithium Ion Batteries

From Periodic Videos. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded for work on Lithium Ion Batteries by Akira Yoshino, M. Stanley Whittingham, and John B. Goodenough. More links and info in full description ↓↓↓ See our Chemistry Nobel Prize Playlist: http://bit.ly/periodicnobel Lithium Video: https://youtu.be/LfS10ArXTBA Lithium in 7Up: https://youtu.be/ofNN1b7xzFw This video features Darren Walsh, Martyn…

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 ——————————————- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nilered Merch store (NileRed Pin & Keychain): https://store.dftba.com/collections/nilered 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…

Making ferrofluid from scratch

From NileRed. Back in October, I tried making ferrofluid but I kept failing and I ended up giving up for a while. Months later though, I got inspired, and I spent an insane amount of time researching ferrofluid and trying to make it. It was a very messy and sometimes frustrating process, but I was…

You can’t smell metal

From 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 to try making pure 1-octen-3-one myself…