How to Get Rid of That Skunk Smell

From Reactions. In North America, skunks are nocturnal animals that prefer to keep to themselves. However, when they sense danger, this lurking critter of biochemical warfare, uses its primary defense mechanism to spray a nasty smelling horrendously odorous spray that can leave both you and your dog smelling pretty foul. Similar to tear gas, the…

Why Do Clothes Shrink?

From Reactions. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of washing your clothes can be difficult, but chemistry has got your back. With a quick lesson in textile chemistry, you’ll be able to understand the different fabrics that make up your clothes. This week on Reactions, we’ll explore whether it’s safe to wash your favorite new shirt…

White, Green, Black, and Oolong Tea: What’s the Difference?

From Reactions. Did you know that many different types of tea come from the same plant? It’s pretty amazing, considering the various flavors and colors, but what really sets each tea apart are the chemical changes that happen in the leaves during production. This week on Reactions, we’re going to debunk a couple of myths…

Why Are Birds Different Colors?

From Reactions. There are thousands of species of birds and with great numbers come great biodiversity. Birds are among the most colorful animals on the planet so today we’re taking a look at how birds use science to employ a wide range of chemical and physical tricks when it comes to feathers. Writer/Producer: Kirk Zamieroski…

Women in Chemistry: Heroes of the Periodic Table

From Reactions. To honor women’s history month in the international year of the periodic table, today we wanted to share the story of two of chemistry’s most brilliant and bold women and their paths of elemental discovery — because what they brought to the table changed the world as we know it. ++Note: There is…

Are We Running Out of Helium?

From Reactions. Did you realize that just like certain animals here on Earth, there are endangered elements too? For example, we’re constantly losing helium, a gas that defies gravity and escapes our atmosphere into space. This incredible element is in high demand all over the globe. It’s also way too expensive to create in the…

What’s In Dog Food?

From Reactions. Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird smelling bits of food for their entire lives and never get sick of them? This truly is a scientific puzzle and there are many different types of dog food formulas on the market. Some are designed for weight…

How Does Hair Dye Work?

From Reactions. Whether you need a disguise to run from the law or are just trying to emulate *NSYNC-era frosted tips, you may need some chemical assistance to put the hue in your do. But in order to understand how today’s hair salon works, the story of hair color really has its roots in the…

The Perm

From Reactions. You can check out Google’s Science Journal app at http://g.co/ScienceJournal The 80s was a decade full of neon leg warmers, power ballads, and big hair. But how did we get that big hair so bad it’s good? A little bit of teasing and a lot of chemistry. This week Ms. Beautyphile helps us…

Is White Chocolate Actually Chocolate?

From Reactions. Today we’re showing our love for the redheaded stepchild of the chocolate world, white chocolate. It may lack the rich flavor of milk chocolate and the glossy brown color of dark chocolate. Many people even argue it’s not really chocolate at all. What is it about this creamy candy that sets it apart…

Does Shaving Cream Do Anything?

From Reactions. Whether you rock sideburns or baby-smooth legs, all shavers share one concern –– the threat of razor-sharp metal. But luckily, shaving cream packs the right chemistry to keep us looking good while protecting our sensitive skin. What is this fantastic foam in a can? Today, with the help of Ms. Beautyphile, Reactions gets…

Why Flamingos Are Pink and HARDCORE

From Reactions. Flamingos may be synonymous with tacky lawn ornaments, but we’re here to tell you they’re one of the most hardcore animals on the planet. They survive where almost nothing else can. And they’re pink too. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: Fact or Fiction: Uncooked…

Citrus Scent DEBUNKED!

From Reactions. So we really messed up on this one. Even we can have a difficult time with R and S Limonene! We appreciate your patience with this video and here it is for the final time. Rest assured everything in here is accurate and correct. We messed up! A while ago we made a…

Can Plastic Be Composted?

From Reactions. Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere. Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway lifestyle? Well — it’s complicated. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: How is Leather Made? https://youtu.be/6Cn7QqdFIxc How Plastic Recycling Actually Works…

How Does Low-Dose Aspirin Work?

From Reactions. You ever see those commercials suggesting people take a tiny dose of aspirin every day? It’s an amount so small it doesn’t really work for pain relief, yet taking low-dose aspirin is fairly common, among those at risk for heart attacks or stroke. Here’s why aspirin works in a baby-sized dose. Find us…