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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…