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…

Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds

From Reactions. You may have heard that throwing rice at weddings will hurt wild birds. But we’re here to say that myth isn’t backed up by the science — and we can prove it with 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: How Do You Catch Fruit…

Do Astronauts Need Sunscreen?

From Reactions. How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? NASA is still figuring out how to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation — like plastic shielding and magnetic deflectors. Learn more about National Chemistry Week here! https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html 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: The Spacefaring…

Why Tardigrades are Some of the Most Hardcore Critters on the Planet

From Reactions. It can survive drying out, extreme heat and cold, and even exposure to vacuum. The humble tardigrade can be found practically anywhere there’s enough water for it to live, and quite a few places there isn’t. This weird, ugly-cute little guy’s secret comes down to chemistry. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram!…

How Much Tea Would it Take to Turn the Boston Harbor into Tea?

From Reactions. We wanted to know if enough tea was dumped in Boston harbor during the Boston tea party to turn the entire thing to tea. So we did some math. 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: Yellowstone Steaming Acid Pools of Death https://youtu.be/OqP50563IDM How to Make…