What is Ringworm and How Do You Get Rid of It?

From Reactions. Did you know ringworm is not actually a worm? This week on Reactions find out what ringworm is, how the culprit feeds on your skin, hair, and nails, and learn how to not be its next meal. 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’s the Deal with…

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!…

What the Smell of Freshly Cut Grass Really Means…

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…

How Does Pepper Spray Work?

From Reactions. Personal safety is something we all should take seriously. Whether it’s walking down a dark street at night or fighting off grizzly bears on the trail, pepper spray is an effective tool to fend off an attacker and get safely away. But have you ever thought about what gives this personal-defense-in-a-can its bite…

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

From Reactions. Skunks are nocturnal animals that prefer to keep to themselves. However, when they sense danger, this lurking purveyor of biochemical warfare unleashes its primary defense mechanism: a nasty-smelling spray. Similar to tear gas, the scent is so strong it can cause your eyes to start dripping and make you throw up. This week…

Why Do Clothes Shrink in the Wash?

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…