Death By Toilet Bowl Cleaning?

From Reactions. When things start looking grimy in the bathroom, and it’s time to whip out yellow gloves, the only thing that matters is getting the job done as soon as possible. So you open the cabinet, see a bunch of bottles and think “Hey, this cleans and that cleans, why not mix them all…

How Did the 80s Get Hair So Big?

From Reactions. 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 tackle the science behind perms and crimping and overall big…

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. We messed up! A while ago we made a Facebook post about how the mirror-image forms of limonene create the smell of oranges and lemons — but it turns out we fell for a really persistent myth. So we wanted to clear it up! Here’s the lemony-fresh truth about the scent of citrus.…

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…

How to Survive the Snow and Ice

From Reactions. From artificial snow to how to deal with a car stuck in slush, here’s our chilly compilation of snow and ice chemistry! 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: Burning Ice from the Ocean Floor https://youtu.be/ghQWICNY0aY The Cold Truth About Fat https://youtu.be/p-yVmpQoDTk How Do Snowflakes Form?…

What Makes Kimchi So Delicious?

From Reactions. It’s the fermented food most requested by you, the viewers! What makes kimchi sour and spicy, yet also surprisingly rich and buttery? This week on Reactions, it’s the chemistry of kimchi. 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: What Are Century Eggs? https://youtu.be/NL8kMj-GlLs The Delicious Chemistry…

Should Santa Wear a Flame Retardant Suit?

From Reactions. Flame-retardant chemicals can slow the spread of fire in homes and garments. But are these compounds naughty or nice? This week on Reactions, we ask whether old Saint Nick might want a flame-retardant suit…or choose to opt out. More PBS Digital Studios Goodness here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqKjV9WNrIXRphDssM4gu0J Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/…

Why Don’t Antarctic Fish Freeze to Death?

From Reactions. Fish living in the oceans around Antarctica seem like they should freeze to death. But notothenioids have it all figured out, thanks to the antifreeze proteins in their blood! 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: Burning Ice from the Ocean Floor: https://youtu.be/ghQWICNY0aY The Cold Truth…

Why Does Humidity Feel Gross?

From Reactions. Relative humidity, dew point, heat index… trying to figure out what to wear from all these buzzy weather words is enough to make you sweat! But fear not, today we’re giving you a break down on how to use the local weather report to your advantage, and hopefully equip you with enough knowledge…

Thanksgiving Turkey Compilation

From Reactions. Enjoy this compilation of Thanksgiving turkey chemical deliciousness! We’re celebrating the holiday with our favorite food science bits and pieces. More PBS Digital Studios Goodness here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqKjV9WNrIXRphDssM4gu0J 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 to Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning Your House Down: https://youtu.be/t9Dhhxnvt2Y…

How is Leather Made?

From Reactions. How does animal hide become leather? We still don’t fully understand the chemistry of tanning, but the basic steps are thousands of years old. In this week’s episode of Reactions, learn how leather is made. More PBS Digital Studios Goodness here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqKjV9WNrIXRphDssM4gu0J 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…