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…

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…

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?:…

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…

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…

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…

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:…