Chemistry For Your Life

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A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.

Episode Date
How do batteries power our electronics?
1603

#105

Batteries. The mysterious little cylinders that have powered our essentials and fun for decades. How in the world do they work? What's the chemistry that's going on inside, and how does it power our electronics? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. Chemistry - An Atoms First Approach by Gilbert, Kirss, Foster and Bretz
  2. Chemistry 4th edition - McMurry and Fay
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00479
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2016/how-to-keep-your-phone-battery-charged-longer.html
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2020/the-worlds-biggest-batteries-arent-what-you-think.html



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Jul 22, 2021
Bonus: How do candy colors not mix? (and other questions)
1661

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 22

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about dyes, onions, soaps, candies, eggs, salt lamps, cheese, and more!


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Jul 20, 2021
What is cheese? And what does it have in common with soap?
1562

#104

Seriously what the heck is cheese? It's a question we've all wondered, but most of us only ever know that it's from milk—but what else? How do we turn milk into cheese? What's going on at the chemical level? And why do cheeses taste different from each other? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. http://pubsapp.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff/7806sci2.html?
  2. https://youtu.be/CkSPL5I3E0Y
  3. https://www.journalofdairyscience.org/article/S0022-0302(87)80207-2/abstract
  4. https://youtu.be/rttkpPFNkmY
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/2017-2018/december2017/cheesy-science.html




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Jul 15, 2021
What is hyaluronic acid and is it magical?
1729

#103

What do roosters' combs and cows' eyeballs have that our skin needs? Let's add another chapter to the chemistry of skin care. Today we explore a special and unusual acid that has some surprising and unique abilities when used in skincare applications.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2021/acs-presspac-may-5-2021/exploring-the-possibilities-of-hyaluronic-acid.html
  2. https://cen.acs.org/business/consumer-products/Hyaluronic-acid-biobased-medical-cosmetic/99/i16
  3. https://cen.acs.org/business/consumer-products/Reactions/99/i20
  4. https://cen.acs.org/business/consumer-products/Hyaluronic-acid-biobased-medical-cosmetic/99/i16
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/h/hyaluronic-acid.html
  6. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.0c09691
  7. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2006-0934.ch00
  8. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/hyaluronic-acid/8535.article
  9. https://cen.acs.org/materials/nanomaterials/Laser-heated-nanoparticles-bust-eye/97/web/2019/07
  10. https://youtu.be/b2r9i5XpsMo
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7464276/




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Jul 08, 2021
What is benzene and why is it in my sunscreen?
2065

#102

Well there's more to sunscreen than we thought. Like some super recent not so great info, about something called benzene. This is another example of the unfortunate dark side of chemistry. Check it out and make sure to check the list of safe sunscreens in the references below!

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1981/08/10/osha-backs-off-trying-to-fire-cancer-specialist/649696f8-ac91-4f32-bc67-aa8ab9174c81/
  2. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/benzene/3005709.article
  3. https://www-tandfonline-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/doi/abs/10.1179/oeh.2006.12.3.268
  4. https://www.valisure.com/wp-content/uploads/Attachment-A-Table-5-of-Valisure-FDA-Citizen-Petition-on-Sunscreen-v2.pdf
  5. https://www.valisure.com/blog/valisure-news/valisure-detects-benzene-in-sunscreen/
  6. http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics0015.htm
  7. https://www.who.int/ipcs/features/benzene.pdf
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3053447/
  9. https://www.valisure.com/wp-content/uploads/Valisure-Citizen-Petition-on-Benzene-in-Sunscreen-and-After-sun-Care-Products-v9.7.pdf
  10. https://cen.acs.org/business/consumer-products/Lab-finds-benzene-78-sunscreens/99/i21
  11. https://ir.library.louisville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3602&context=etd
  12. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/benzene_toxicological_profile_tp3_3v.pdf
  13. https://www.fda.gov/food/chemical-contaminants-food/questions-and-answers-occurrence-benzene-soft-drinks-and-other-beverages



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Jul 01, 2021
Chemistry at home: Elephant's Toothpaste
469

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 14

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see how to make the internet popular concoction called elephant's toothpaste.



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Jun 28, 2021
How are airbags made of chemicals?
2144

#101

Ok we all get it, they save our lives, and they aren't just a really good Radiohead song. But HOW? Most of us never even need to experience airbags, which is great. But for those of us who do, how do they do their very important job so perfectly and impressively? There's more to airbags than you'd expect, unless you're a chemist and already know this stuff in which case you might not be impressed and that's sad.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-air-bags-work/
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2018/how-do-airbags-work.html
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed073p347?rand=ivyobk59
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016523702030437X
  5. https://cecas.clemson.edu/cvel/auto/actuators/airbag.html



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Jun 24, 2021
Bonus: Why do bug bites itch? (and other questions)
975

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 21

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about bug bites, histamine, jellyfish, hair, coffee, and Harry Potter.


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Jun 21, 2021
THE BIG EXAM
2933

#100

For episode 100, it's time for a TEST. Jam has been learning chemistry every week for 100 weeks, but what does he know? What does he remember? Let's put it to the test. Follow along with us and see how many questions you get right!

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Jun 17, 2021
Do anti-aging products work?
2424

#099

The ads are everywhere. Trying to convince us to buy something to prevent or undo the wrinkles and skin damage that comes with aging. But can those products really do anything for us? Is it even chemistry? Or is it all just a bunch of hooey? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.jidonline.org/action/showPdf?pii=S0022-202X%2815%2940798-5
  2. https://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)40798-5/fulltext
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6791161/#:~:text=Retinoids%20are%20also%20commonly%20known,and%20promotes%20angiogenesis%20%5B13%5D
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/v/vitamin-a.html
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699641/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6791161/#:~:text=Firstly%2C%20retinol%20is%20converted%20to,to%20the%20retinoic%20acid%20receptors.&text=Retinol%20concentration%20in%20the%20cosmetic,the%20oxidized%20form%20of%20retinol
  7. https://youtu.be/grxmyM7EuDk
  8. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsomega.0c02102
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790843/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/#R60
  11. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i10/Periodic-graphics-anti-aging-creams.html
  12. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2017/are-anti-aging-creams-legit.html



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Jun 10, 2021
What’s the future of antihistamines?
2088

#098

Could histamine and antihistamines do more than just affect our allergies? Actually yes. Today we discuss new and recent research in the world of histamine, and believe us, there's some really cool stuff.

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References from this episode

  1. https://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/06/Tracking-Histamine-Levels-Glowing-Nanosensors.html
  2. https://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/12/Chemical-Cocktail-Lures-Bedbugs-Coaxes.html
  3. https://cen.acs.org/pharmaceuticals/antibiotics/Common-allergy-drug-makes-resistant/97/i24
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05515
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/h/histamines.html
  6. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.9b03300



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Jun 03, 2021
Chemistry at Home: Lifesavers in the Dark
697

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 13

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we crack Lifesaver mints in the dark. Trust us, it should raise your eyebrows.



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May 31, 2021
Why are seasonal allergies the worst?
1710

#097

Most of us know the feeling. But what are we actually experiencing when we experience allergies? How does being around plants and pollen make us all sniffly? Why does this beautiful season have such a dark side? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK538528/
  2. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/histamine/3005799.article
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/h/histamine.html
  4. https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i19/Periodic-Graphics-Allergies-Antihistamines.html



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May 27, 2021
Bonus: What color is grass at night? (and other questions)
842

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 20

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about color changing markers, electron energy level analogies, forensics, grass, chocolate, and more!


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May 24, 2021
Why and how do Jellyfish sting?
2321
May 20, 2021
How do Venus flytraps trap flies?
1469

#095

Venus flytraps: The plants that have fascinated and freaked many of us out since we were kids. How do they do what they do? Most plants just kinda sit there and soak up water and sunlight, but not Venus flytraps. How do they sense flies? How do they trap them? How do they eat them? Oh also, is it chemistry? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www-sciencedirect-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/action-potentials
  2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-does-the-venus-flytra/#:~:text=Once%20the%20trap%20closes%2C%20the,to%20extract%20the%20essential%20nutrients
  3. https://academic-oup-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/jxb/article/65/2/755/488817
  4. https://www-sciencedirect-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/hydrolases
  5. https://www-sciencedirect-com.libproxy.library.unt.edu/science/article/pii/S1360138517302807?via%3Dihub
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29336976/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24420576/
  8. https://cen.acs.org/articles/88/i46/Venus-Flytraps-Eating-Habits.html
  9. https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/Periodic-Graphics-chemistry-Venus-flytraps/96/i41
  10. https://www.nature.com/articles/nature10447



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May 13, 2021
What is the smell of fresh cut grass?
1298

#094

What is that iconic smell? The smell that screams spring and summer? The smell so distinct, and yet so mysterious. Why does freshly cut grass have that smell? Why is it so strong? Could it be chemistry?

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References from this episode

  1. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/329/5995/1075.full
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2019/what-the-smell-of-freshly-cut-grass-really-means.html
  3. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/14/9/17781/htm




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May 06, 2021
Why does american chocolate taste different?
1844

#093 - Chocolate Part 3 of 3

Now it's time to dive into one of chocolate's biggest mysteries. Which, depending on where you live, has been something you've wondered for a long time, or you've never even known it was a mystery. Why is chocolate different in the United States? Is it on purpose? If so why? Is there a benefit? Is it because companies in the U.S. are cheapskates? Or is it because they're innovative? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4027835/
  2. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/butyric-acid/1017662.article
  3. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Butyric-acid#section=Experimental-Properties
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748798/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6104520/
  6. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Butyrate
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/lipolysis
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7290455/
  9. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53242-x



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Apr 29, 2021
Chemistry at Home: Chocolate and Gum
574

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 12

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine chocolate and gum. Yep, you read that right. And yes, it's a little gross.



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Apr 26, 2021
Why does chocolate get that white film on it?
2128

#092 - Chocolate Part 2 of 3

You know how when you were a kid, you'd sometimes find some old, forgotten halloween chocolate? But the chocolate would look a little white, and if you risked eating it, it would taste weird? Well we're not ashamed to say we've experienced this even as adults, but this time we're taking a close look at this strange mystery. Why does it happen? How long does it take? Why does it affect both the look and the taste? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.chemistryworld.com/features/well-tempered-chocolate/9200.article
  2. https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i20/Unwelcome-Fat-Blooms-Chocolate.html
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.5b02092?source=cen
  4. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i7/whats-chocolate-and-how-does-its-chemistry-inspire-such-cravings.html?utm_source=YMAL&utm_medium=YMAL&utm_campaign=CEN&utm_content=pos1
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2016/why-is-chocolate-bad-for-dogs-video.html
  6. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2016/gum-chocolate-weird-food-tricks-1.html
  7. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry.html
  8. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/emergency-lesson-plan-chocolate-the-new-health-food-or-is-it.html
  9. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry/chocolate-desire.html
  10. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1541-4337.12180
  11. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2019/is-white-chocolate-actually-chocolate.html
  12. https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i11/Periodic-graphics-chocolate-chemistry.html
  13. https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i20/Unwelcome-Fat-Blooms-Chocolate.html?utm_source=YMAL&utm_medium=YMAL&utm_campaign=CEN&utm_content=pos1
  14. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i7/whats-chocolate-and-how-does-its-chemistry-inspire-such-cravings.html
  15. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry/chocolate-chem.html



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Apr 22, 2021
Bonus: Do dead leaves smell like tea? (and other questions)
1683

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 19

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about leaves, labs you can do at home, electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, pancakes, easter candy, and more!


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Apr 19, 2021
What is chocolate and why is it delicious?
1776

#091 - Chocolate Part 1 of 3

Well you've probably never heard of chocolate, and you've almost certainly never eaten it. But if you had you might wonder, what the heck is this? How do they make it? And why does it taste so gosh darn good?

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2016/why-is-chocolate-bad-for-dogs-video.html
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2016/gum-chocolate-weird-food-tricks-1.html
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry.html
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/emergency-lesson-plan-chocolate-the-new-health-food-or-is-it.html
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry/chocolate-desire.html
  6. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1541-4337.12180
  7. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2019/is-white-chocolate-actually-chocolate.html
  8. https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i11/Periodic-graphics-chocolate-chemistry.html
  9. https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i20/Unwelcome-Fat-Blooms-Chocolate.html?utm_source=YMAL&utm_medium=YMAL&utm_campaign=CEN&utm_content=pos1
  10. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i7/whats-chocolate-and-how-does-its-chemistry-inspire-such-cravings.html
  11. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/culinary-chemistry/chocolate-chem.html



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Apr 15, 2021
Why is cilantro so polarizing?
1884

#090

It's of the most puzzling (and heartbreaking) mysteries. Why does cilantro taste so good to some of us, but taste so bad to others of us? Is it in our heads? Or is there a chemical explanation for it? If so, what is it? And can it be fixed?

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2017/why-do-some-people-hate-cilantro.html
  2. https://flavourjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2044-7248-1-22
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf950814c
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2005-0908.ch008
  5. https://www.compoundchem.com/2014/02/25/why-can-coriander-taste-soapy-the-chemistry-of-coriander/



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Apr 08, 2021
What is ebonized wood?
1813

#089

This question comes from a word-working listener of ours. Ebonized wood is a process that turns wood black... without burning it! But how? What's the chemistry behind it? Is it cool? Yes, yes it is cool.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/1459d/report.pdf
  2. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Tannic-acid#section=2D-Structure
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3495704/#:~:text=Iron%2Dtannate%20dyes%20are%20formed,(usually%20hydrolysable)%20in%20water.
  4. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jamc/2019/3894571/
  5. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jamc/2019/3894571/sch1/
  6. https://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlelanding/2015/ra/c5ra02035b/unauth#!divAbstract
  7. https://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Converter-FAQs-W48.aspx
  8. https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/tannic-acid-rusted-iron-artifacts.html
  9. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/cr60057a002
  10. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/t/tannic-acid.html
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1168162/
  12. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/finishing/ebonizing_wood/
  13. Inorganic chemistry, 4th edition, Miessler and Tarr



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Apr 01, 2021
Chemistry at Home: Crayons
609

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 11

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine crayons, paper, and water.

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Mar 29, 2021
How do color changing markers change color?
1636

#088

Remember those markers that would *magically* change colors when you marked over them with the right marker? Well while it seems very magical, it's actually chemistry! What a surprise. So how does it work? What's going on at the molecular level? Is it still as cool as it seemed when we were kids? Yes.

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References from this episode

  1. https://chicagoacs.org/articles/113
  2. http://pubs.sciepub.com/wjce/6/1/5/index.html



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Mar 25, 2021
Bonus: Does gunpowder explode? (and other questions)
1607

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 18

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about gunpowder, our wellbeing, food colors, hair colors, merch, and more!


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Mar 22, 2021
What is jam?
2255

#087

Jams, jellies, preserves, marmalade. So many kinds of fruit spreads, but how are they made? How do they go from fruit to gooey spread? How are they delicious? What the chemistry here, and how has it been going on long before we understood it?

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/pectin/3005903.article
  2. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/jam
  3. https://extension.psu.edu/pectins-role-in-making-jam-and-jelly
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/bk-1986-0310.ch001
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/223750507_Pectin_New_insights_into_an_old_polymer_are_starting_to_gel
  6. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/chapter/bk9781782622956-00205/978-1-78262-295-6



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Mar 18, 2021
What and why is maple syrup?
2255

#086

We all know that maple syrup is one of Canada's most popular gifts to the world, but what really is it? Why do maple trees (and other trees) even have sap? And is there any chance that there's cool surprising chemistry things going on in there? Well you'll have to listen to find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2014/06/making-sense-maple-syrup
  2. https://blogs.cornell.edu/cornellmaple/
  3. https://axial.acs.org/2017/04/11/maple-syrup-extract/
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2017/april/no-more-superbugs-maple-syrup-extract-enhances-antibiotic-action.html
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ja02001a014
  6. https://sustainability.wustl.edu/tapping-for-sugar-maple-sap-on-campus/
  7. https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2016/01/tapping-walnut-trees/
  8. https://watermark.silverchair.com/14-4-413.pdf?
  9. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32940-y
  10. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/why_are_maple_trees_tapped_to_make_maple_syrup#:~:text=Sap%20flow%20in%20maple%20trees,response%20to%20early%20spring%20temperatures.&text=Then%2C%20when%20temperatures%20again%20rise,flows%20out%20of%20the%20tree.
  11. https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014/01/15/why-dont-trees-freeze-and-burst-in-the-winter-like-cold-pipes/
  12. https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1660&t=expanding-water



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Mar 11, 2021
Why do plants die in freezing weather?
1577

#085

Well here in Texas, we just suffered through an intense freeze. And many a plant became a casualty of the cold, but why? What's going on at the molecular level that causes freezing temperatures to be bad for many plants? And is talking about this even chemistry? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://climate.ncsu.edu/edu/FrostFreeze
  2. https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014/01/15/why-dont-trees-freeze-and-burst-in-the-winter-like-cold-pipes/
  3. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/FrostsandFreezes.pdf
  4. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/misc/coldprot.html
  5. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Chemical/waterdens.html
  6. http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=5448



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Mar 04, 2021
What are muscles and their cramps?
1841

#084

Wait, muscles are biology right? Well they're also chemistry. And guess what, muscle soreness and cramps are also chemistry. And believe it or not, the mystery of muscle soreness is much bigger than you might expect. Check it out!

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23614012/
  2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-causes-leg-cramps/#:~:text=Traditionally%2C%20such%20cramping%20was%20believed,to%20have%20minimal%20scientific%20value
  3. https://archivesphysiotherapy.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40945-019-0073-4
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254620300168?via%3Dihub
  5. https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physiologyonline.2002.17.1.1
  6. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsomega.0c03456
  7. Organic chemistry 11th edition Solomons fryhle and Snyder
  8. Biochemistry, 4th edition, Garrett and Grisham



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Feb 25, 2021
Extra Special Bonus: Time Warp!
1385

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 18

In this month's bonus episode, we share a special old Q&R that we've had in our back pocket for almost a year! Enjoy!


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Feb 23, 2021
How do bath bombs fizz?
1604

#083

This might be one of the best chances to both listen to AND experience chemistry at the same time. Grab a bath bomb, fill up the tub, and let's find out how these friendly bombs work. How do they fizz up? How do they suddenly smell? Where do the colors come from? Can they make bath scientifically better? Let's hop in.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed080p1416A
  2. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed080p1416A
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b01110#:~:text=The%20chemistry%20of%20bath%20bombs,and%20generate%20carbon%20dioxide%20gas



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Feb 19, 2021
Chemistry at Home: Vinegar and Baking Soda (with Stephanie Ryan Ph.D.)
1206

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 10

We have a very special guest this month, Stephanie Ryan Ph.D. aka @letslearnaboutscience (on Instagram)! Stephanie leads us through some cool experiments you can do at home using vinegar and baking soda. 

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Feb 15, 2021
How do sunglasses protect us?
2334

#082

Wow sunglasses sure are cool. What's the coolest thing about them? Is it how cool they make us look and feel? Or is it the chemistry inside them? We'll let you decide, but we think you'll be surprised to find out how significant a role chemistry plays in the making of your shades.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.chas.8b23208
  2. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02513
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/issues/2018-2019/December2018/2%20Shades%20TG%20Reading%20Supports.docx
  4. https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/product-information/
  5. https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i19/Periodic-graphics-chemistry-sunglasses.html
  6. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118909911.ch26
  7. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ma960808x
  8. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/1999/JM/a902864a#!divAbstract



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Feb 11, 2021
Why do things fade in the sun?
1756

#081

The sun. It's nice, it's warm, it helps things grow, it helps us see, it helps us exist in the first place. But it's also a massive burning molten ball of radiation and ultraviolet rays. So how does our mysterious yellow friend fade the poor items we leave outside? Let's find out. Don't hurt us, yellow friend.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/why-does-ultraviolet-light-cause-color-to-fade/
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/photodegradation
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320144/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1011134404000375?via%3Dihub



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Feb 04, 2021
What is a dryer sheet?
2586

#080

Dryer sheets. They smell good. They make our clothes soft. They get rid of static. But how? How is one little sheet allowed to solve that many problems? What are they made of? Are they bad or good or neither or both?

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubsapp.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/86/8615sci2.html
  2. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s1697
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.8b07297
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acscentsci.9b01108
  5. https://kristinmoonscience.com/why-static-electricity-seems-worse-during-winter/
  6. https://umbelorganics.com/reduce-static-cling-naturally/




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Jan 28, 2021
Chemistry at Home: Pennies
756

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 9

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Jan 25, 2021
Is glass a liquid?
1936

#079

Glass. The more you look at it, the more clear it becomes that it holds some serious mysteries. So what really is glass? Is it a liquid? How is it different from typical solids? Does it flow and ooze over time? Is that why old windows are thicker at the bottom? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i47/s-glass-modern-day-researchers.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7245478/
  3. https://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html
  4. https://phys.org/news/2016-03-scientists-temperature-glass-liquid.html
  5. https://ceramics.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jace.15092
  6. https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i20/Pyrex-100.html
  7. Chemistry by Julia Burdge 



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Jan 21, 2021
Bonus: Why does my bread taste like a banana? (and other questions)
787

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 17

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about salt, bread that tastes like bananas, sunscreen on fences, AND improvements to our chemistry analogies!


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Jan 19, 2021
Why do cornstarch and water do that thing?
1961

#078

It's one of life's most head-scratchy questions, and one of the most popular chemistry mysteries for youtubers. So let's get to the bottom of this crazy, shape-shifting substance, and finally find out why cornstarch and water do that thing!

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References from this episode

  1. https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/getting-tomato-sauce-out-of-the-bottle-minus-the-mess
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/materials-science/rheology
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/2016-2017/february-2017/no-hit-wonder-d3o.html
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ef502171d
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c01760
  6. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed082p445
  7. http://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2009/08/walking-water-er-oobleck-science-chicago-finale
  8. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/42/20828.short?rss=
  9. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/oobleck-bring-science-home/
  10. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-quicksand/#:~:text=Quicksand%20is%20a%20mixture%20of,filled%20with%20air%20or%20water.
  11. https://www.nature.com/news/2005/050926/full/news050926-9.html
  12. https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/microscopy-reveals-why-ketchup-squirts/3002513.article
  13. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/2016-2017/february-2017/no-hit-wonder-d3o.html
  14. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/issues/2016-2017/February%202017/chemmatters-feb2017-d3o.pdf



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Jan 14, 2021
What is iodized salt? And why?
2168

#077

Who's doing what to our salt? What's iodine, do we need it, why, and how do they get it in there? This week Melissa and Jam dive head first into figurative iodized salt dunes. Let's take a closer look at the chemistry of something so everyday, we hardly even think about it.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/es0719071
  2. https://pubs-acs-org.libproxy.library.unt.edu/doi/10.1021/ed077p984#:~:text=The%20presence%20of%20iodine%20in,in%20preventing%20simple%20endemic%20goiter
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed062p1016
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/2015-2016/february-2016/salt-facts.html
  5. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/



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Jan 07, 2021
How do fireworks use chemistry to look awesome?
1725

#076

Happy New Years Eve! Let's all kiss 2020 a speedy (not speedy enough) goodbye and look at some beautiful exploding lights! And why not look at the chemistry in these things as well. How do fireworks work? How do they get up into the air? And most importantly, how do they explode in different colors and patterns? Let's find out! And thanks for being one of the great things about 2020, we love you guys!

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.compoundchem.com/2013/12/30/the-chemistry-of-fireworks/
  2. http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=4130#:~:text=What%20makes%20gunpowder%20seem%20to,built%20up%20and%20%22explodes%22.
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articlesbytopic/oxidationandreduction/chemmatters-oct2010-fireworks.pdf - by Kathy De Antonis 




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Dec 31, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Diapers
981

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 8

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we experiment with diapers, and the mysterious dust within them.


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Dec 28, 2020
What are LEDs and how do they light up?
2180

#075

Happy holidays, we hope you have a wonderful season whatever you celebrate! We've got a holiday related episode for you: LEDs. Well I guess we use them all year round, but they get an extra spotlight this time of year. What are they? How do they work? How are they different from other lights? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1. Inorganic Chemistry, Edition 4, Miessler and Tarr
  2. https://www.chemistryworld.com/features/leds-to-light-up-the-world/3004661.article
  3. https://cen.acs.org/materials/inorganic-chemistry/chemical-search-better-white-light/96/i46




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Dec 24, 2020
Bonus: Enzymes eat plastic? (and other questions)
1075

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 16

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about enzymes that eat plastic, super glue on difference surfaces, diaper polymers, bleached celery, holiday movies, and more!

References

  1. https://e360.yale.edu/digest/new-super-enzyme-can-break-down-plastic-at-rapid-pace
  2. https://www.pnas.org/content/117/41/25476


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Dec 21, 2020
How do we see our breath in the air?
1559

#074

This time of year, it's a common occurrence, something so common that we might not even wonder about it anymore. But really, why do we see our breath in the air when it's cold? We see steam from cooking things and boiling water, but our breath isn't that hot, so why do we see it? What does temperature have to do with it? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1.  https://www.childrensmuseum.org/blog/why-can-i-see-my-breath-when-it%E2%80%99s-cold
  2. https://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2017/03/how-be-dragon-or-why-can-i-see-my-breath-winter
  3. https://www.wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013/12/13/how-can-there-be-clouds-in-winter-when-it-is-too-cold-for-water-to-stay-a-vapor/
  4. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidity
  5. https://www.loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/why-do-i-see-my-breath-when-its-cold-outside/#:~:text=Cold%20air%20causes%20the%20warm,like%20a%20small%2C%20misty%20cloud.&text=It%20is%20this%20liquid%20form,when%20breathing%20in%20cold%20weather



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Dec 17, 2020
What is silver tarnish?
1294

#073

Well if you haven't experienced silver tarnish yourself, then you've almost certainly heard people complain about it. Can anything last? These sparkly treasures we collect and cherish, are they but temporary sparkles, doomed to a fate of tarnish? Or is there a way out? Also what is tarnish? Thankfully in this case, these philosophical questions actually have a chemistry explanation. So let's get into it.

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References from this episode

  1. https://chicagoacs.org/articles/176
  2. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ed077p328A#:~:text=In%20air%2C%20a%20silver%20object,(1).




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Dec 10, 2020
How do odor absorbers work?
2022

#072

You know what they say, everyone's experienced odors, and 99.99% of all odors smell. We have room sprays, candles, air fresheners, etc. But how can we absorb or eliminate bad smells? Can chemistry do it? How? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1.  https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/celebrating-chemistry/2016-cced-celebrating-chemistry-english.pdf
  2. Structure-Scavenging Abilities of Cyclodextrin-Based Polyurethanes by Sandra K. Young, Peter L. Vajda, Eugene Napadensky, Dawn M. Crawford, James M. Sloan, and Samuel F. Trevino 
  3. ACS - reactions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNIIxzR-d_Q&feature=youtu.be
  4. https://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2015/06/take-whiff-chemistry#:~:text=Febreze%2C%20along%20with%20many%20other,cyclodextrin%20(%CE%B2%2Dcyclodextrin).&text=The%20cyclodextrin%20molecule%20can%20be,oily%E2%80%9D%20and%20immiscible%20with%20water




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Dec 03, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Leaf Pigments
865

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 7

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we cut up different colors of leaves, put them in alcohol, mash them up, and soak a coffee filter in them.


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Nov 30, 2020
What happens to eggs when we cook them? (with Jason Cress)
2234

#071

It's time to crack into one of life's great mysteries: eggs. So what happens when we cook them?! How do they go from clear goo to white jiggle? This is a question we received long ago, and with topics this serious, we don't yoke around. So we waiting until we could bring in an eggsperienced egg chef, Jason Cress, to figure out this topic with us. In Jam's opinion, Jason's insight on the topic of eggs just can't be beat. We know many of you guys may be busy with some (hopefully safe) version of Thanksgiving, but despite the holiday we couldn't pass on the chance to shell out another episode for you guys, especially for our friends around the world, who are just experiencing a regular ol' Thursday today. Well without further ado, let's ap-poach this mystery together.


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References from this episode

  1. Biochemistry  Garret & Grisham Fourth Edition
  2. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00319
  3. https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/scibytes/why_do_eggs_hardboil/
  4. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/breaking-proteins
  5. https://chicagoacs.org/articles/126




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Nov 26, 2020
Bonus: Can equilibrium occur in any state of matter? (and other questions)
1613

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 15

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about equilibrium, recycling on a large scale, why leaves fall off, sound effects, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.


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Nov 23, 2020
How do diapers absorb liquid?
1521

#070

Ok parents. It's time to explore the chemistry of something we rely on every hour of every day: diapers. What the heck is going on inside there? How do they absorb SO much? Is it magic? Well, settle in and get ready to soak up some chemistry, let's get to the bottom of this mystery. Let's hope it doesn't get messy.


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References from this episode

  1.  https://beta-static.fishersci.com/content/dam/fishersci/en_US/documents/programs/education/regulatory-documents/sds/chemicals/chemicals-s/S25565.pdf
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/kidschemistry/polymers-teachers-guide-jiggle-gels.pdf
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/adventures-in-chemistry/experiments/diapers.html
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b01373
  5. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/diapers-what-keeps-babies-and-astronauts-from-springing-a-leak/
  6. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/4/e1011




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Nov 19, 2020
How is nail polish chemistry?
1641

#069

There's this stuff, you've probably heard of it, that you can put on 10-20 specific places on your body, and it stays there, and it can be different colors. That's right, it's nail polish! What is nail polish? It sticks, but it's obviously not just glue right? It's colorful, but it's clearly not just paint right? What chemistry is going on in nail polish? How is it strong and long lasting? How does it dry so quickly? So many questions, let's get into it!

PS. Some of you fellas may be thinking this won't interest you, but we'll bet the chemistry is more interesting than you'd expect!


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References from this episode

  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-october-10-2018/Nail-polishes-with-n-free-labels-are-not-necessarily-free-of-toxic-compounds.html
  2. https://cen.acs.org/articles/86/i32/Nail-Polish.html
  3. https://www.compoundchem.com/2017/04/06/nail-polish/
  4. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Nitrocellulose#section=3D-Status



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Nov 12, 2020
Is science always right?
1990

#068

This week we issue a correction, joining other science publications issuing the same correction. That's kind of an obvious answer to the question of "Is science always right?" So in this episode we explore that question, as well as what happens when science isn't right. And why that's NOT a bad thing.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2019/citrus-scent-debunked.html
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfq.12226
  3. Chemistry by Julia Burdge 




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Nov 05, 2020
How do glowsticks glow?
2109

#067

Guess what time of year it is. It's spooky time! One thing we see a lot of during this time of year, is things that glow. And you better believe that's chemistry. So how do glowsticks glow? How does bending the glowsticks start that process? What's mixing with what, and seriously how the heck does it glow? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry, Solomons 11e 
  2. Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Daniel C. Harris
  3. Simple Glowmatography: Chromatographic Separation of GlowStick Dyes Using Chalk - Thomas S. Kuntzleman,* Kasey R. Bunker, and Ashlee A. Bartlett
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/fluorescence
  5. https://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/chemistry/demonstrations/videos/anatomy-of-a-glowstick/glowstick.pdf
  6. Glowmatography - Thomas S. Kuntzleman,* Anna E. Comfort, and Bruce W. Baldwin




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Oct 29, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Cabbage Juice
776

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 6

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we blend up red cabbage and water, and mix it with six different substances.

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Oct 26, 2020
What IS lavender oil?
2496

#066

This week we take a teeny tiny step into the vast, intimidating sea of essential oils. Not to worry, we're sticking to the chemistry. And we're exploring one of the smelliest, purply-est ones. Firstly, what is lavender oil? And how do we get it out of the lavender plant? And what does it do? And can I put it on my meatball sub?

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6767019/#B4-molecules-24-03270
  2. Antimicrobial activity of the essential oils of Lavandula stoechas flowers extracted by microwave - Sanaz Sadani and Alireza Shakeri
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17361051/
  3. Relationship between Bioactivity and Chemical Composition of Commercial Essential Oils - Maria Lis-Balchin, Stanley G. Deans, and Elizabeth Eaglesham
  4. Lavender essential oil: a review - Heather MA Cavanaugh and Jenny M Wilkinson
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579607/
  5. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0801187
  6. https://sites.udel.edu/coe-engex/2017/04/23/epsom-salts-the-inconvenient-truth/




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Oct 22, 2020
Bonus: How do you remove superglue from your fingers? (and other questions)
1441

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 14

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about buying renewable items, missed puns, polymers, spilling hot water, superglue, the future of the podcast, and much more!

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Oct 19, 2020
Why do leaves change color in the fall?
2066

#065

It's Fall! You know why they call Fall Fall? Well because the leaves fall. But before that, the leaves change color. Why do they do that? How? Is there any sort of function to it? Do the different colors mean anything? Let's dive into this overdue, colorful topic.

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References from this episode

  1. http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/09/11/autumnleaves/
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2014/why-do-leaves-change-color.html
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5465813/
  4. https://www.nature.com/news/2007/071029/full/news.2007.202.html
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC125091/
  6. https://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/leaves/2002_11_leaf_article.pdf
  7. https://biology.appstate.edu/fall-colors/hidden-colors-leaves-what-are-functions-those-yellow-and-orange-pigments-we-see-fall
  8. http://www.appstate.edu/~neufeldhs/publications/hugh2005.pdf



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Oct 15, 2020
What's the future of recycling?
1934

#064

Part 3 of 3 on plastic! This week we look to the future. Is there hope to overcome our piles of plastic? What new ways of recycling are coming down the pike? What are those sneaky chemists up to? Can we make better kinds of plastic, or better ways to reuse it? Let's find out. And let's try to stay positive.

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References from this episode

  1. https://youtu.be/ggh0Ptk3VGE
  2. https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Plastic-problem-chemical-recycling-solution/97/i39#
  3. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/GC/C7GC01737E#!divAbstract
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01889?source=cen
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01343?source=cen
  6. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/04/wax-worms-eat-plastic-polyethylene-trash-pollution-cleanup/#close
  7. https://www.agilyx.com/about-us/faqs
  8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982217302312?via%3Dihub
  9. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b02661?source=cen
  10. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/cen-09449-cover3
  11. https://www.sebastiancox.co.uk/news/mycelium-timber-exploring-biofacture-in-a-new-collection-of-grown-furniture



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Oct 08, 2020
Is plastic really recyclable?
2173

#063

This is part 2 of 3 on plastic, so check out last week's episode if you haven't yet! This week, Melissa and Jam dive into one of the weightiest questions of our day. Is plastic even really recyclable? If so, how is it done? Is it really better than just making new plastic? Is it worth all the trouble of rinsing and sorting our recycling? Is recycling effective enough to lead us toward a cleaner future? Let's try our best to find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Plastic-problem-chemical-recycling-solution/97/i39#
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2018/how-plastic-recycling-actually-works.html
  3. https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/Chemistry-solutions-plastic-trash-problem/96/i25
  4. https://cen.acs.org/business/start-ups/New-ventures-try-again-recycle/96/i20
  5. https://youtu.be/ggh0Ptk3VGE
  6. https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Plastic-problem-chemical-recycling-solution/97/i39#



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Oct 01, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Slime
792

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 5

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine glue, water, and borax!

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Sep 28, 2020
What is plastic?
1909

#062

Think about it for a second, plastic is everywhere. What plastic things are around you right now? What plastic things do you use everyday? This week, Melissa and Jam dive right into the proverbial (and sort of literal) ball pit. What even is plastic? What is it made of? How is it made? How are there so many different kinds? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://cen.acs.org/sections/discovery-reports/the-future-of-plastic.html
  2. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-11/documents/
  3. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-11/documents/2017_facts_and_figures_fact_sheet_final.pdf
  4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/undergraduate/chemistryincontext/interactives/world-of-polymers-and-plastics.html
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2018/how-plastic-recycling-actually-works.html
  6. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/GC/C7GC01737E#!divAbstract
  7. https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/smm/wastewise/web/html/factoid.html
  8. https://lbre.stanford.edu/pssistanford-recycling/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions-benefits-recycling
  9. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/912150085/waste-land
  10. 2017_facts_and_figures_fact_sheet_final.pdf
  11. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/GC/C7GC01737E#!divAbstract
  12. https://youtu.be/ggh0Ptk3VGE
  13. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/celebrating-chemistry-editions/2020-ccew/earth-friendly-plastics.html
  14. https://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i42/Science-Spherification.html
  15. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp508841p?source=cen
  16. https://cen.acs.org/materials/inorganic-chemistry/glass-recycling-US-broken/97/i6#:~:text=First%2C%20cullet%20allows%20glass%20manufacturers,and%20limestone%20(CaCO3).



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Sep 24, 2020
Bonus: Why doesn’t superglue harden in the tube? (and other questions)
1542

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 13

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about gasoline, super glue, smells, books, and a continuation of last month's movie discussion!

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Sep 21, 2020
How does super glue glue things?
1808

#061

Be honest. Have you ever glued yourself with super glue? Everyone should accidentally make that mistake at least once, so you can literally feel the impressive stickiness of super glue. Well today, you can learn about the chemistry within super glue, without putting any fingers or other body parts at risk! Let's do this.

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References from this episode

  1. Introduction to Polymers R.J. Young and P. A. Lovell
  2. http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/superglue/superglueh.htm
  3. https://www.chemistryworld.com/podcasts/cyanoacrylate/6261.article
  4. https://pubsapp.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/86/8624sci5.html
  5. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/students/highschool/chemistryclubs/March_ChemClubCal.pdf
  6. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articlesbytopic/bonding/chemmatters-dec2006-glue.pdf


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Sep 17, 2020
Why do we use fluoride on our teeth?
1755

#060

Chances are you've heard the word "fluoride" said in reference to your teeth. At the dentists office, on your bottle of mouthwash, maybe you've heard it's in tap water? But what is it, what's so special about it, and how does it help our teeth? Does it make them whiter, stronger, or what? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/la4008558
  2. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/fluoride-superhero
  3. General Chemistry 2nd edition Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson


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Sep 10, 2020
How does caffeine make you not sleepy?
1668

#059

Ok so, caffeine. Some of us live on the stuff, and others of us want nothing to do with it. There's a lot of things caffeine can do to our bodies, but of course the number one question, is how does it keep the sleepiness away? Let's get into it. And we may find out a few other things caffeine does along the way.

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References from this episode

  1. https://twitter.com/BethEyre3/status/1276036218300612608
  2. https://www.instagram.com/bethsbrainbites/
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2014/the-science-of-caffeine-the-worlds-most-popular-drug.html
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20164566/


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Sep 03, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Density
902

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 4

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine honey, corn syrup, dish soap, water, oil, and alcohol.

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Aug 31, 2020
What makes fruit ripen?
2253

#058

Fruit. You eat it too early? It tastes bland and tart. You eat it too late? And it's rotten. You eat it when it's ripe? It's perfect, sweet, and juicy. What makes fruit ripen? How is it that supermarkets and suppliers can control when fruit ripens, or keep it from ripening too early? What's telling what to ripen when? And how? Let's talk about it.

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References from this episode

  1. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/sb5000077
  2. https://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2337/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05874
  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05874
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4677914/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4677914/
  6. https://extension.umaine.edu/fruit/harvest-and-storage-of-tree-fruits/the-role-of-ethylene-in-fruit-ripening/
  7. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/09/24/650585212/science-reveals-how-fruit-keeps-a-lid-on-ripening-until-the-time-is-right
  8. http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=163
  9. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-018-0249-z
  10. https://thebluapple.com/pages/how-it-works
  11. https://thebluapple.com/apps/help-center#!hc-how-does-bluapple-work
  12. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/all-fruit-and-vegetables-are-not-created-equal-when-it-comes-to-proper-storage-conditions
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3550874/
  14. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/all-fruit-and-vegetables-are-not-created-equal-when-it-comes-to-proper-storage-conditions



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Aug 27, 2020
Bonus: Do mosquitos care about blood-type? (and other questions)
1248

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 12

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about mosquito repellents, mosquitos and blood type, mosquito saliva, organic chemistry, and some of our favorite movies!

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References from this episode

  1. https://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pntd.0006439


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Aug 24, 2020
What's up with alcohol(s)?
1960

#057

So we all know what we think of when we hear the word "alcohol," but what if that's not really the whole picture? There's actually many kinds of alcohol, most of which we cannot drink. So what's up with all those alcohols? What makes them different? What makes them similar enough to all be called alcohol? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ershdb/emergencyresponsecard_29750029.html
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2015/march/food-additive-could-serve-as-a-safer-more-environmentally-friendly-antifreeze.html
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1306022/
  4. https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/14280.htm
  5. https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/89308.htm
  6. https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/89530.htm
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4811046/
  8. https://www.fishersci.com/msdsproxy%3FproductName%3DE1774%26productDescription%3DETHYLENE%2BGLYCOL%2BLABORATORY%2B4L%26catNo%3DE177-4%2B%26vendorId%3DVN00033897%26storeId%3D10652
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482121/
  10. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ammonium-nitrate-beirut-explosion-what-blast-lebanon-latest-a9654861.html



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Aug 20, 2020
What IS fire? (and what happened in Beirut?)
1531

#056

Seriously. What is fire? This week Melissa and Jam hop out of the frying pan. What are those warm orange wisps? We all sort of know what fire is but also, do we? It's hot, it can be good, it can be bad. But why does it look like that? And what really IS it? Let's try to find out

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References from this episode

  1. https://unto.com/beirut 
  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/05/beirut-explosion-how-help-victims-lebanon/3300822001/
  3. https://mypages.iit.edu/~smart/pawebar/lesson3.html
  4. https://www.chem.fsu.edu/chemlab/chm1020c/Lecture%207/01.php
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00333
  6. https://www.sbu.edu/docs/default-source/life-at-sbu-documents/chemistry-of-a-fire.pdf?sfvrsn=0
  7. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Ammonium-nitrate#section=Boiling-Point
  8. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-ammonium-nitrate-the-chemical-that-exploded-in-beirut/
  9. https://www.cisa.gov/an-security-statutes-and-regulations
  10. https://www.cisa.gov/ammonium-nitrate-security-program
  11. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43070.pdf
  12. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/03/congress-pushes-rules-explosive-fertilizer/31075955/



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Aug 13, 2020
What makes honey crystallize?
1929

#055

Ever notice that honey crystalizes? Isn't that like super weird? Why does it do that? This week, Melissa and Jam risk getting stuck in this question.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5884753/
  2. https://www.usda.gov/codex
  3. https://www.fda.gov/files/food/published/PDF---Guidance-for-Industry--Proper-Labeling-of-Honey-and-Honey-Products.pdf
  4. Honey: Chemical composition, stability and authenticity, da Silva et. Al 
  5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.09.051


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Aug 06, 2020
What is the future of mosquito repellents?
2192

#054

This week, Melissa and Jam close out the mosquitos series with part 4 (If you missed the previous three, go check them out). What does the future look like for humans and mosquitos? Can we finally achieve peace? What are scientists working on, ways to make us invisible to mosquitos, or ways to kill them all? Or can things even get better at all? Let's find out. Scientists, we're counting on you, don't let us down.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/30/464740275/whats-the-best-way-to-keep-mosquitoes-from-biting
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301798264_Discovery_of_Repellents_from_Natural_Products
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2015/august/sweetgrass.html
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31839454/
  5. https://news.fiu.edu/2019/scientists-bait-mosquitoes-with-one-of-earths-most-common-scents
  6. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/bk-2018-1289.ch013
  7. https://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2337/doi/pdf/10.1021/bk-2018-1289.ch013
  8. https://axial.acs.org/2018/09/05/hear-the-buzz-about-a-new-class-of-mosquito-repellents/
  9. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsomega.8b03652
  10. KILL 'EM ALL - Radiolab - WNYC


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Jul 30, 2020
Chemistry at Home: Milk and Soap
726

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 3

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Jul 27, 2020
What even is DEET?
2244

#053

This week, Melissa and Jam continue to part 3 on the topic of mosquitos (If you missed the previous two, go check them out). What is DEET? What part does it play in repelling mosquitos? How do repellants repel mosquitos in the first place? Is it just straight witchcraft? Let's do it.

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References from this episode

  1. Staph Retreat - Radiolab - WYNC
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/rachel-carson-silent-spring.html
  3. https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/reregistration/fs_PC-080301_1-Apr-98.pdf
  4. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-it-true-that-the-deet/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24892824/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11693870/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26827259/
  8. https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)31167-4?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982219311674%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
  9. https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)31167-4?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982219311674%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
  10. https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/biochemistry/does-DEET-fend-off-malaria/97/web/2019/10



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Jul 23, 2020
Bonus: Is rain just like sweat for the earth? (and other questions)
1688

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 11

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about carbonation, color-changing dyes, spiciness, rain, babies, merch, and more!

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References from this episode

  1. https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/06/stanford-scientists-contribute-to-who-mask-guidelines.html
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/archive-2013-2014/peppers.html


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Jul 20, 2020
Do mosquitos bite some people more than others?
2042

#052

This week, Melissa and Jam continue the topic of mosquitos (If you missed last week's, listen to it first). It's time to answer the age-old, every-summer question. Why do some people get bitten by mosquitos more than other people? Or maybe, does this really happen in the first place? If so why? What factors do mosquitos look for, compare, and choose by? Let's get to the bottom of this.

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(10)60044-6/pdf
  2. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/why-mosquitoes-like-you-the-most/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/stories/world-deadliest-animal.html
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28639690/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127358/
  6. https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/content/part/JAMCA/JAMCA_V18_N2_P091-096.pdf
  7. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others/
  8. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1186/1744-8069-4-29
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10921468/


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Jul 16, 2020
Why do mosquitos bite people?
1601

#051

This week, Melissa and Jam begin a multi-faceted topic: mosquitos. Now of course mosquitos are insects, so studying them would mostly fall into biology. But there's a lot of chemistry here too. The first question, why do mosquitos bite humans at all? How do they find us, and why do they want to bother us? And perhaps more importantly, how is it related to chemistry? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. Mosquito Life Cycle - United States Centers For Disease Control
  2. Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Detect Acidic Volatiles Found in Human Odor Using the IR8a Pathway - Current Biology - Joshua I. Raji, Nadia Melo, John S. Castillo, Sheyla Gonzalez, Valeria Saldana, Marcus C. Stensmyr, Matthew DeGennaro
  3. Mosquitoes detect human sweat by sniffing for volatile acids - Chemical & Engineering News - Alla Katsnelson
  4. Multimodal Integration of Carbon Dioxide and Other Sensory Cues Drives Mosquito Attraction to Humans - Cell - Conor J. McMeniman, Román A. Corfas, Benjamin J. Matthews, Scott A. Ritchie, Leslie B. Vosshall


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Jul 09, 2020
How does sweat cool us down?
1509

#050

This week, Melissa and Jam once again look under the armpits of society, this time to explore sweat. Is it cool? Well does it keep us cool? How? At what cost? Is there more to sweat than meets the eye? Can you drink it? Grab your sweat bands and let's hit the track Paulie Bleeker.

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References from this episode

  1. Flexible and Superwettable Bands as a Platform toward Sweat Sampling and Sensing - Analytical Chemistry - Xuecheng He, Tailin Xu, Zhen Gu, Wei Gao, Li-Ping Xu, Tingrui Pan, and Xueji Zhang
  2. A Fully Integrated and Self-Powered Smartwatch for Continuous Sweat Glucose Monitoring - ACS Sensors - Jiangqi Zhao, Yuanjing Lin, Jingbo Wu, Hnin Yin Yin Nyein, Mallika Bariya, Li-Chia Tai, Minghan Chao, Wenbo Ji, George Zhang, Zhiyong Fan, and Ali Javey
  3. General Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson


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Jul 02, 2020
Chemistry at home: Chromatography
735

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 2

Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine markers, coffee filters, and water. Let's do chemistry!

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Jun 29, 2020
What is a calorie?
2030

#049

This week, Melissa and Jam question the whole system of food. Or rather, the way we calculate food: calories. What are they? Where'd the come from? How are they calculated? Is it a good system for measuring food? What does it actually measure? Can we calculate calories in food at home? Let's dig in.

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References from this episode

  1. How Do Food Manufacturers Calculate the Calorie Count of Packaged Foods? - Scientific American - Jim Painter
  2. History of the Calorie in Nutrition - The Journal of Nutrition - James L. Hargrove 


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Jun 25, 2020
What makes jalapeños hot, and do they have other super powers?
2070

#048

This week, Melissa and Jam dive into spiciness. What is it? Is it a flavor? Is it a feeling? Is it both? Is it more? Why can some people handle more than others? Does spiciness have any benefits?

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References from this episode

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/vanilloids
  2. Solomon’s Organic Chemistry 11th edition
  3. Analogues of Capsaicin with Agonist Activity as Novel Analgesic agents; Structure-Activity Studies 2. The Amide Bond “B-Reigion” byWalpole et. al
  4. Similarities and Differences in the Structure−Activity Relationships of Capsaicin and Resiniferatoxin Analogues by Walpole et. al
  5. Detailed Analysis of the Binding Mode of Vanilloids to Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid Type I (TRPV1) by a Mutational and Computational Study by Ohbuchi et. al
  6. The Art and Science of Organic andNatural Products Synthesis - by Nicolau et. al
  7. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/reactions/videos/2015/why-are-hot-peppers-hot-and-how-milk-helps.html


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Jun 18, 2020
Bonus: What is Mel's cast iron routine? (and other questions)
1283

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 10

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about cast iron routines, dyes, activating almonds, and inspirations behind their respective interests.

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References from this episode


  1. Determination of D-Myo-Inositol Phosphates in 'Activated' Raw Almonds Using Anion-Exchange Chromatography Coupled With Tandem Mass Spectrometry - Lee and Mitchell


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Jun 15, 2020
What is rust and is it the worst?
2020

#047

A somewhat natural chemical topic following cast iron: rust. This week, Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of rust. What even is it? Where does it come from? Is it bad? Is it reversible? Let's get into it.

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References from this episode

  1. Turning Back Time: Watching Rust Transform into Iron - National Institute of Standards and Technology
  2. The Color of Soil - United States Department of Agriculture
  3. Why does metal rust? - American Chemical Society
  4. Ultra-Pure Water - National Geographic


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Jun 11, 2020
Black lives matter
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Jun 04, 2020
Are cast iron pans as cool as people say?
2397

#045

The continuation of the unexpected cookware chemistry saga: cast iron. This week, Melissa and Jam discuss multiple aspects of cast iron chemistry. What is cast iron? Why do some people love it so much? How does it work? Is it better than other cookware? If you haven't listened to our two teflon "prequel" episodes, click here!

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References from this episode

  1. Let's Settle This! How to Care for Cast-Iron - American Chemical Society - Reactions
  2. The Food Lab - J. Kenji López-Alt
  3. General Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson


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May 28, 2020
Chemistry at home: Homemade Lava Lamp
985

Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 1

What's this, another bonus episode? It's something new we're test driving! A short little extra bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, the experiment is how to turn some simple household items into a sort of cool, colorful lava lamp! Let us know what you think of this type of episode. Do you like and want more of these? Is there a way we could make them better? Let us know!

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References from this episode

  1. American Chemical Society


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May 25, 2020
Why do diet coke and mentos do that thing?
1766

#044

You know what we're talking about. That spectacular fizzy geyser. This week, Melissa and Jam explore what makes diet coke and mentos go crazy together. Is it love? Is it hate? Is it chemistry? Why diet coke specifically? Or more importantly, why mentos? Let's get into it.

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References from this episode

  1. Diet Coke and Mentos: What is really behind this physical reaction? - American Journal of Physics 76, 551 (2008)
  2. Diet Coke and Mentos: What is really behind this physical reaction? - Tonya Coffey
  3. Spurting Science: Erupting Diet Coke with Mentos - Scientific American - Science Buddies


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May 21, 2020
Bonus: My girlfriend's sweat doesn't stink (and other questions)?
1824

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 9

In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about sunlight bleaching, weird feeling soap, sweat and smells, popcorn, and more!

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References from this episode


  1. Photodegradation and photostabilization of polymers, especially polystyrene: review - Yousif & Haddad


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May 18, 2020
How do color-changing mugs change color?
1906

#043

You know how you have that one mug that changes colors when you put hot coffee in it? Let's talk about that. This week, Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of color changing items. Or rather, a specific item, a Mister Rogers mug Jam's wife has. How do items like this change color? How can heat cause changes like that? And how can it happen over and over again? Also why?

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References from this episode

  1. Thermochromic Liquid Crystals - Liquid Crystals, 38:11-12,1551-1561 - Sage
  2. Thermochromism in Commercial Products - Journal of Chemical Education - White, LeBlanc


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May 14, 2020
How do deodorant and antiperspirant work?
2722

#042

What's that smell? Is it us? Is it you? We hope it's neither, thanks to deodorants and antiperspirants. This week, Melissa and Jam delve into the chemistry of this everyday important substance. What are the differences between deodorant and antiperspirant? How do they work in the first place? Does one work better? Is one better for us? Be kind to one another, wear deodorant.

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References from this episode

  1. Individual and gender fingerprints in human body odour – Dustin J Penn, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Karl Grammer, Gottfried Fischer, Helena A Soini, Donald Wiesler, Milos V Novotny, Sarah J Dixon, Yun Xu, and Richard G Brereton
  2. What are deodorants and antiperspirants, and how do they fight sweat? - Everts, Chemical and Engineering News
  3. Studies of trans 3 methyl 2 hexenoic acid in normal and schizophrenic humans - S. G. Gordon, K. Smith, L. Rabinowitz, P. R. Vagelos, Journal of lipid research
  4. Breast Cancer and Deodorants/Antiperspirants: A Systematic Review
  5. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer
  6. The mechanism of eccrine sweat pore plugging by aluminium salts using microfluidics combined with small angle X-ray scattering. - Bretagne A, Cotot F, Arnaud-Roux M, Sztucki M, Cabane B, Galey JB.


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May 07, 2020
Is it safe to use teflon pans?
1857

#041

Ok! So now that you know how teflon works (see last week's episode if you missed it), now it's time to discuss the equally important question: is it safe to use?? Are there any potential side-effects to using it? Can scratching teflon cause it to have an affect on our food, or even worse, on us? If there are potential dangers to teflon, is there any way to avoid them? Help! This week, Melissa and Jam delve into this topic, and tiptoe through the allegations to give you some things to consider when choosing you next pots and pans.

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References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry, Edition 11 - Solomon
  2. If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does it stick to pans? - Scientific American
  3. DuPont Faces Class-Action Lawsuits Over Teflon - Reich, Chemical and Engineering News
  4. Perspective on Fluorocarbon Chemistry - David M. Lemal
  5. Teflon’s Toxicity Level - Sharon Kelley
  6. PTFE-coated non-stick cookware and toxicity concerns: a perspective - Muhammad Sajid & Muhammad Ilyas
  7. The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare - The New York Times Magazine, Rich
  8. Teflon’s Toxic Legacy - Earth Island Journal, Kelly


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Apr 30, 2020
Bonus: Do purple carrots have beta carotene (and other questions)?
1224

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 8

In his month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about carrots, pigments, quinones, thermoses, and unscientific theories about why the sky is blue.

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Apr 27, 2020
What makes nonstick pans not sticky?
2256

#040

Who you calling sticky? This week, Melissa and Jam open up another two-part series about nonstick pans, aka teflon. What keeps food from sticking to them? How did scientists figure out how to create it? How can something that doesn't stick to anything be coated on the bottom of a pan? Are there any potential downsides to teflon? Let's get nonsticky.

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References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry, Edition 11 - Solomon
  2. If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does it stick to pans? - Scientific American
  3. DuPont Faces Class-Action Lawsuits Over Teflon - Reich, Chemical and Engineering News
  4. Perspective on Fluorocarbon Chemistry - David M. Lemal
  5. Teflon’s Toxicity Level - Sharon Kelley
  6. PTFE-coated non-stick cookware and toxicity concerns: a perspective - Muhammad Sajid & Muhammad Ilyas
  7. The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare - The New York Times Magazine, Rich
  8. Teflon’s Toxic Legacy - Earth Island Journal, Kelly


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Apr 23, 2020
How does helium change your voice?
1568

#039

Part two on the chemistry of helium! Now to the question you've all been wondering, how does helium change your voice? This week, Melissa and Jam explore this mystery, which begs a lot of other questions. What even is the human voice? What's it made up of? And how does just introducing a gas like helium affect it at all? Let's find out together!

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References from this episode

  1. Helium: Its Discovery and Applications – Locker
  2. We Discovered Helium 150 Years Ago. Are We Running Out? - Greshko
  3. Introductory Physics I - Brown
  4. Helium beer: prank or possible? - American Chemical Society
  5. Organic Chemistry, Edition 11 - Solomon
  6. Why does inhaling helium make one's voice sound strange? - Scientific American
  7. Adam Savage Goes High and Low - Mythbusters


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Apr 16, 2020
Bonus: Podcast For Your Life - Books for your life
931

Don't worry, you didn't click on the wrong podcast. This week Melissa was a guest on another "for your life" podcast: Podcast For Your Life, Jam's original podcast with his friend Jason Cress. So we thought we'd share this crossover as a bonus for this week! Listen to hear, Jason, Jam, and Melissa attempt to get to the bottom of what is and is not a book. Read more about Podcast For Your Life below.

#092 Books for your life
Books: The Crossover. This latest nugget bridges 2 podcasts from the same "for your life" universe. We're honored to have Melissa Collini, host of Chemistry For Your Life, join us this episode for a page-turning episode about books. The plot thickens and the twist is pretty twisty.

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Apr 15, 2020
Is there a helium shortage?
2315

#038

Helium is all fun and games right? High voice, super funny, no worries right? Or is there a serious shortage of helium? This week, Melissa and Jam answer this question. But we can't stop there. This is part one of two episodes about helium.

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References from this episode

  1. Helium: Its Discovery and Applications – Locker
  2. We Discovered Helium 150 Years Ago. Are We Running Out? - Greshko
  3. Introductory Physics I - Brown
  4. Helium beer: prank or possible? - American Chemical Society
  5. Organic Chemistry, Edition 11 - Solomon


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Apr 09, 2020
Why does orange juice taste bad after you brush your teeth?
1650

#037

It's the lesson we've all had to learn the hard way. The pain our mouths feel when we take a treacherous swig of the post-brush poison. This week, Melissa and Jam delve into all of our childhoods to figure out the chemistry of this infamous mixture. Why does it taste so bad? Who's fault is it, the toothpaste or the orange juice? Also while we're at it, why is it called toothpaste? Nevermind, I'm not sure we'll be able to get to the bottom of that part.

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References from this episode

  1. Why Does Toothpaste Make Orange Juice Taste Bad? - American Chemical Society
  2. Why Does Orange Juice Taste So Bad After Brushing? - South Springs Dental Group



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Apr 02, 2020
How does soap kill COVID-19?
1983

#036

Ok so we've known for awhile how soap works in a general use sense, like how it cleans dishes (see episode 1). But these weird times call for a deeper look at soap. How can it kill a virus? Or more importantly, how can it kill a little, wretched, mischievous virus like COVID-19? Like really, how? How is it that we can use soap to both get spaghetti sauce off a plate, and kill a dangerous virus? We're always told to wash our hands well, and that it's important, but if you think about it for a second, it's crazy that we put something on our hands, and rub them together under water, and then we're good to go. Right? Let's get into it.

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References from this episode

  1. Viral Infections and Global Change - Sunit Kumar Singh
  2. Inactivation of Human and Avian Influenza Viruses by Potassium Oleate of Natural Soap Component Through Exothermic Interaction - Kawahara et al
  3. Effectiveness of Liquid Soap and Hand Sanitizer against Norwalk Virus on Contaminated Hands -  Liu, Yuen, Hsiao, Jaykus, and Moe
  4. Show Me the Science: Why Wash Your Hands? - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  5. Clean & Disinfect - United State Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  6. When and How to Wash Your Hands - United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
  7. Show Me the Science: How to Wash Your Hands - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Mar 26, 2020
Why do apples turn brown when you cut them?
1631
Mar 19, 2020
Bonus: Methane doesn't have a smell (and other questions)?
1446

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 7

In his month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about methane, bad smells, bleach, computers seeing colors, crystal formation, and more!.

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Mar 16, 2020
Why is the sky blue but sunsets aren’t?
2147

#034

This week, Melissa and Jam explore the oldest question in the book. But we're not going to answer it. Just kidding. Why the HECK is the sky blue? And also why are there times that it isn't? Sunrise? Sunset? Nightime? Sky, what are your mysteries? Tell us your secrets. Hide not your face from me.

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References from this episode

  1. Why is the sky blue? - NASA Space Place
  2. Why is the sky blue? - Philip Gibbs, University of California Riverside
  3. General Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson


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Mar 12, 2020
How do thermoses keep coffee hot?
1853

#033

That's right, we are sort of talking about coffee this week. Or rather, how to keep it hot. Nowadays we all have some version of a thermos for our coffee, tea, water, or what-have-you. Today Melissa and Jam try to get to the bottom of how those work. How do they keep things hot and cold? What's between the two layers (or whatever) and how is it so good at insulating? Is it a vacuum? Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on?

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References from this episode

  1. Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson
  2. Physical Chemistry, Edition 3 - Thomas Engel 


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Mar 05, 2020
How do hand warmers get hot?
2045

#032

This week, Melissa and Jam investigate reusable hand warmers. How do they get hot? Where does the heat even come from? How do reusable ones even work? Is it real? How can heat just come out of nowhere like that?

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References from this episode

  1. Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson
  2. Chemistry, Edition 1 - Julia Burdge
  3. Heat Up to Some Cool Reactions - American Chemical Society


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Feb 27, 2020
How does bleach remove color?
2037

#031

How does bleach bleach stuff? Oh and also, what even is color? This week Melissa and Jam investigate these questions. What's the molecular makeup of color and then how does bleach alter that? How does bleach have enough power to ruin that hoodie you just bought? How could you have been foolish enough to handle bleach while wearing your new hoodie?

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References from this episode

  1. The Chemical Origins of Color - Mary Virginia Orna
  2. Chemistry, Color, and Art - Mary Virginia Orna
  3. The chemistry of Bleaching and Oxidizing Agents - Gustaf Holst
  4. Conjugation And Color (+ How Bleach Works) - James Ashenhurst
  5. How does bleach whiten clothes and why does it ruin clothes if too much is applied? - UCSB Scienceline


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Feb 20, 2020
Bonus: Does cold exist (and other questions)?
1385

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 6

In his month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about cold/cool, water temperature's effect on boats, vapor pressure, smells, hair, and how this podcast even got started.

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Feb 17, 2020
Why do bad smells smell bad?
1884

#030

Melissa and Jam continue to sniff out the chemistry of smell, focusing this week on bad smells. Why are we so good at smelling bad smells? Why do they haunt us at night? Why are some bad smells so strong and long lasting, while many great smells are subtle and temporary. What’s in a smell? "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I think that quote applies here right?

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References from this episode

  1. Aerosol generation by raindrop impact on soil - Young Soo Joung & Cullen R. Buie, Nature Communications
  2. 2 Americans Win Nobel for Demystifying Sense of Smell - Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times
  3. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2004 Press Release - Richard Axel & Linda B. Buck, The Nobel Prize
  4. A Novel Multigene Family May Encode Odorant Receptors: A Molecular Basis for Odor Recognition - Buck and Axel
  5. Chemists and bad smells (and sulfur): A productive pairing - Ashutosh Jogalekar, Scientific American


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Feb 13, 2020
How do we smell things?
2072

#029

What's that smell? This week, Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of smell. Now a lot of smell science has to do with our physiology and neurology. We'll talk some about that, but the chemistry has to do with the actual smells in the air. What are they? How do they get into the air? How can we detect them with our noses and brains? Why does rain have a smell, and why does it smell good? Let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. Aerosol generation by raindrop impact on soil - Young Soo Joung & Cullen R. Buie, Nature Communications
  2. 2 Americans Win Nobel for Demystifying Sense of Smell - Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times
  3. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2004 Press Release - Richard Axel & Linda B. Buck, The Nobel Prize
  4. A Novel Multigene Family May Encode Odorant Receptors: A Molecular Basis for Odor Recognition - Buck and Axel
  5. Chemists and bad smells (and sulfur): A productive pairing - Ashutosh Jogalekar, Scientific American


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Feb 06, 2020
What’s really happening when our hair gets damaged?
2052

#028

This week, Melissa and Jam travel even further down the rabbit hole of hair chemistry. How does our hair get damaged? How do we curl, straighten, and perm our hair? What's going on there at the molecular level? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1. Biochemistry, Edition 4 - Garret and Grisham
  2. Making waves: The chemistry of hair perms - Christine Herman, Chemistry & Engineering News
  3. How Did the 80s Get Hair So Big? - American Chemical Society
  4. The Chemistry of Hair - C. S. Whewell, Ph.D., F.R.I.C., F.T.I.
  5. The Science of Curls - Leidamarie Tirado-Lee


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Jan 30, 2020
What gives curly hair its curl?
1653

#027

This week, Melissa and Jam dive into the chemistry of something that may not seem like chemistry at first: hair.
Curly hair to be specific. What makes hair curl? Also what is hair in the first place? Why can hair be so radically different? Alright curly girls, curly guys, and curly folks, let's find out.

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References from this episode

  1. Biochemistry, Edition 4 - Garret and Grisham
  2. The Chemistry of Hair - C. S. Whewell, Ph.D., F.R.I.C., F.T.I.
  3. The Science of Curls -  Leidamarie Tirado-Lee
  4. Bad Hair Days? Chemistry to the Rescue - Marlene M. Gutierrez


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Jan 23, 2020
Bonus: Growing crystals, bobby pins, and how should we address the Hulk?
1667

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 5

In his month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about how to grow crystals, details about snowflake formation, a little tiny bit of discussion about blackholes, and more!

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Jan 20, 2020
Does carbonation have a taste?
1836

#026

This week, Melissa and Jam discuss part of an often requested topic: carbonation. Does it have a taste? Like why does carbonated water taste different than flat water? And what is carbonation in the first place? Does it give you unusually long life? How is it so refreshing? We answer some of those questions.

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This episode is sponsored by Thimble & Brush Co.

References from this episode

  1. The Taste of Carbonation - Jayaram Chandrashekar, David Yarmolinsky, Lars von Buchholtz, Yuki Oka, William Sly, Nicholas J. P. Ryba, Charles S. Zuker
  2. Scientists Discover Protein Receptor for Carbonation Taste - National Institutes of Health
  3. Carbonation Has a Taste - Scientific American


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Jan 16, 2020
The sea is rising? Should I be scared? (with Renee Collini)
2191

#025

This week, Melissa, Jam, and very special guest Renee Collini (Melissa's sister and climate scientist) delve into the important topic of sea-level rise. What causes it to rise? What affect will it have on the world? How should we feel about it? Is there anything us regular folk can do?

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This episode is sponsored by Thimble & Brush Co.

References from this episode

  1. Thermal Expansion Model - Jet Propulsion Lab - California Institute of Technology
  2. Climate Science Leader Expands Extension Role - Susan Collins-Smith, Red Hills News Mississippi
  3. Chemistry, Edition 2 - Theopold, Langley, Flowers, and Robinson
  4. Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States - Sweet, Kopp, Weaver, Obeysekera, Horton, Thielar, Zervas
  5. Special thanks to Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant, the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, and Mississippi State University

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Jan 09, 2020
What do rainbows and mirages have in common?
1534

#024

This week, Melissa and Jam explore three very different, but related, light phenomena. We'll discuss situations when light can be bent, slowed down, and even broken. It's gonna be lit.

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References from this episode

  1. Why do rainbows form instead of just straight bands of colors? And why do they appear to touch the ground? - Scientific American
  2. What causes a mirage? - Scientific American
  3. Chemistry, Edition 1 - Julia Burdge

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Jan 02, 2020
How do snowflakes form and look so cool?
1735

#023

This week, Melissa and Jam explore the wintery chemistry of snowflakes. How do they form? How are they all unique? How do they look so gosh darn cool? Why don’t we see them here in Texas very much?

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References from this episode

  1. The Chemistry of Snowflakes, Explained - Charlotte Hsu
  2. How Do Snowflakes Form?
  3. Crystal Growing Competition

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Dec 26, 2019
What are antioxidants and are they even good for you?
1804

#022

This week, Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of antioxidants. What are they? Is it just magical stuff they put in sport drinks and workout supplements? Can you find it in snake oil?

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References from this episode

  1. Stacy Lowery Bretz, PhD
  2. Organic Chemistry Textbook, Edition 11 - T.W. Graham Solomons

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Dec 19, 2019
Bonus: Do solar farms kill birds (and other questions)?
1185

Bonus Episode: Question and Response 4

Welcome to the new home for our Question and Response episodes! This week we respond to comments and questions about solar energy, artificial sweeteners, growing crystals, and more!

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References

  1. Why Solar Power Is Good For Birds - Audubon 


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Dec 16, 2019
How can sunlight turn into electricity?
1814

#021

This week, Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of solar energy. How do we capture energy from the sun and turn it into electricity? Is it as super insanely cool as it seems? Are we living in the future already?

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References from this episode

  1. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming - Paul Hawken
  2. Melissa's Prior Knowledge and Thesis
  3. Beyond the Messy Truth- Van Jones 

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Dec 12, 2019
Why does water form droplets?
1982

#020

This week Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of water and intermolecular forces. Why does it form into droplets? Why can you fill a glass of water just above the rim and it not spill over? How are some things water proof or water resistant?

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References from this episode

  1. General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications - Saylor foundation
  2. Chemistry, Edition 2 - Flowers, Theopold, Langley, Robinson
  3. Lotus Leaf Inspires Waterproofing Scheme, Scientific American - Laura Wright
  4. Melissa's Previous Knowledge

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Dec 05, 2019
What happens to water in space (and other questions)?
1208

Question and Response #03

This week Melissa and Jam do the last Question and Response episode. We'll continue to do Questions and Responses every month, but after asking listeners for their preference, Q&Rs will now air as bonuses, rather than in place of a standard episode. Tune in this week as we tackle some fun questions about water in space, boiling water in a microwave, sugar on freezing roads (instead of salt), and using stainless steel to curb the smell of garlic.

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References

  1. Sugar On Roads Article


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Nov 28, 2019
What’s up with foil?
1803

#018

This week Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of aluminum foil. Why doesn’t it feel hot when we take it out of the oven? How does it cool down so quickly? We harken back to a previous episode about specific heat a few times in this episode, listen to that one by clicking here.

References from this episode

  1. http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=703
  2. Dr. Weber PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of North Texas
  3. Chemistry, Edition 1 - Julia Burdge
  4. Melissa's Previous Knowledge


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Nov 21, 2019
Why does toast get toasty (among other things)?
2025

#017

This week Melissa and Jam explore some of the chemistry behind cooking. What happens when you sear a steak? What's going on when you toast toast? Why do so many foods turn golden-brown when cooking? Let's dig in.

References from this episode

  1. Control of Maillard Reactions in Foods: Strategies and Chemical Mechanisms - Marianne N. Lund, and Colin A. Ray
  2. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/10/10/162636059/100-years-ago-maillard-taught-us-why-our-food-tastes-better-cooked
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/maillard-reaction 
  4. R.V. Hedegaard, L.H. Skibsted, in Handbook of Food Powders, 2013
    Baking, Ageing, Diabetes: A Short History of the Maillard Reaction, Michael Hellwig and Thomas Henle


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Nov 14, 2019
Why do onions make you cry?
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Nov 07, 2019
Green fire?!
1441

#015

This week Melissa and Jam explore a Halloween-themed topic, perfectly-timed for the fact that our episode air date happened to land on Halloween exactly! Can you change the color of fire using only chemistry, safety, personal protection equipment, and no magic? Listen to find out. And check us out on any of our social media accounts to see the experiment take place!

References from this episode

  1. Melissa's Previous Knowledge
  2. ACS.org
  3. ThoughtCo.com


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Oct 31, 2019
What makes artificial sweeteners artificial?
1632

This week Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of artificial/alternative sweeteners. What are artificial sweeteners? How can something be sweet but not packed with calories? Are we cheating? Did we hack nature when we made them? Is nature going to get back at us some day? Are we doomed?

References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry Textbook, Edition 11 - T.W. Graham Solomons
  2. Melissa's prior knowledge 🤔


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Oct 24, 2019
What even is sunscreen and how does it screen the sun?
1738

This week Melissa and Jam explore the chemistry of not being burned by the big, ominous, flaming ball of radioactive insanity that lights up our skies each day. Did you know that to some people, radiation burns are no big deal? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It's actually a very big deal and the sun is constantly trying to kill us all. Save yourselves.

References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry Textbook, Edition 11 - T.W. Graham Solomons
  2. Chemistry, Edition 2, Openstax - Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold, Richard Langley, and William R. Robinson
  3. Wikipedia references for SPF
  4. American Academy of Dermatology FAQs


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Oct 17, 2019
How do geckos stick to walls?
1795

This week Melissa and Jam continue in the category of "sticky" things by exploring how geckos stick to walls. How do they do it? Is it magic? Is it like spider-man? Is it intermolecular forces?

References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry Textbook, Edition 11 - T.W. Graham Solomons
  2. Chemistry, Edition 2 - Paul Flowers, Clause Theopold, Richard Langley, and William R. Robinson
  3. Ologies Podcast - Episode 99 Saurology with Earyn McGee - Alie Ward


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Oct 10, 2019
What's the scientific word for sticky?
1939

In this episode, Melissa and Jam explore the complex, but highly familiar and relatable concept of stickiness. It started as a lighthearted question from the end of "Why didn't Jam's pot ever boil?" and turned into its own episode. How do some things stick together so well? Why do only some substances have that sticky feeling we all know and love? Grab some clorox wipes and jump into this sticky topic.

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Oct 03, 2019
You got more questions?
1883

Question and Response #02

We've received even more questions! Melissa and Jam take more listener questions regarding topics from across the first 9 episodes, attempting to clarify some things and dive a little bit deeper. We talk about "magic shell," moving bonds, high altitudes, "types" of waves, the potential effect of microwaves on nutrition, and we even have a slight correction this time!


References from this episode

  1. New York Times article on microwaves and food nutrients
  2. Fear of Food by Harvey Levenstein
  3. Article about Magic Shell by Chowhound


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Sep 26, 2019
Baking soda and baking powder: what’s the difference?
2173

Baking powder? Baking soda? I mean they're both white powders with the word "baking" in it. How different could they be? Well, one can cause miniature kitchen volcanos and the other does what? Listen this week as Melissa and Jam talk about acids, bases, baking soda, baking powder, and how they can make all the difference in your busy life as a single parent of three.


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Sep 19, 2019
Why didn't Jam's pot of water ever boil?
1455

Remember that one time (in episode 6 "Why do we put lids on pots to boil water") when Jam had a situation where his big pot of water would never boil? And he (quite ironically) took a lot of heat for it? Well on this episode Melissa sets out to solve this mystery and hopefully redeem Jam's tarnished reputation with his family and the American people.


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Sep 12, 2019
What the heck is going on inside microwaves?
1340

Melissa finally explains to Jam how microwaves work after making him wait for an entire week. What the heck is going on inside microwaves? How does it do it's thing and make our food tasty? Is it magic?


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Sep 05, 2019
Why do we put lids on pots to boil water?
1291

Melissa and Jam discuss the curious habit of putting a lid on a pot in order to boil water. Does it help? Does it speed things up? If so, why?


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Aug 29, 2019
You got questions?
1497

Question and Response #01

Melissa and Jam take listener questions regarding the topics from episodes 1 and 2, Soap and Specific Heat, attempting to clarify some things and dive a little bit deeper. They also answer some general questions about how the podcast is made and why Jam goes by Jam.


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Aug 22, 2019
What are trans fats and are they evil?
1254

Continuing the conversation from last week's margarine episode, Melissa and Jam talk about some of the possible unexpected results of hydrogenation, including trans fats.

We also announce the winners of our t-shirt giveaway! Check that out at the end.

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Aug 15, 2019
What IS margarine anyway?
1714

Melissa and Jam discuss margarine and what the heck it is, and how it's different from butter, and if it is actually made in the "country" in a "crock" or not.

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Aug 08, 2019
Why are sand and water different temperatures at the beach?
1024

Melissa and Jam discuss the difference of temperatures, aka specific heat.

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Aug 01, 2019
How does soap get things clean?
1942

Today Melissa and Jam talk about the chemistry of soap, and how it does its magical work.

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Aug 01, 2019
What is Chemistry For Your Life?
36

A new podcast is coming your way. On chemistry for your life, we seek to help you understand the chemistry of everyday life.

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Jul 09, 2019