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Jeans Are Yellow Just After They're Dyed. Here's Why.

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The American Chemical Society has given us a video that looks at the chemistry of the pants you're probably wearing right now. Jeans are indigo when they're on your body, but just after they're dipped in dye, they're yellow. Find out what changes them. Read more...

‘Reactions’ Looks at the Science Behind the Pyrotechnics That Power Blockbuster Movie Explosions

The latest episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions looks at the science behind the pyrotechnics that power big-budget blockbuster movie explosions, including the chemical compounds behind gunpowder and dynamite. If there’s one man in Hollywood that knows the value of chemistry, it’s Michael Bay. He’s taught society that in the face of a […]

The Science Behind the Familiar Sweet Smell of Roses

2 weeks agoHumor : Laughing Squid

On a special Valentine’s Day edition of the American Chemical Society series Reactions (previously), host Dr. Raychelle Burks gets to the bottom of the science between the familiar, pleasant smell of roses. Rose scent comes from a lot of different chemicals. One has a somewhat obvious name: rose oxide. It produces a floral, green top […]

Can Pheromones Get You A Date? [Science Video]

The American Chemical Society has a special episode about pheromones this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. So, can pheromones help you get a date and help you “get lucky?” Watch the video to find out! Is there such a thing as love at...Show More Summary

The Truth About Spray-On Pheromones (and Why They Don't Really Work)

If you're trying to find some way to get a date by Valentine's Day, you can scratch spray-on pheromones off the list. This video from the American Chemical Society explains why you're better off trying to meet someone the old-fashioned way. Read more...

How Does Salt Melt Ice? [Science Video]

From the American Chemical Society: Winter weather can mean treacherous driving across much of the country. Road crews spread rock salt all over the highways and byways, but why? This week, we break down the chemistry that keeps the roads safe when bad weather hits. [Reactions] The post How Does Salt Melt Ice? [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

The ACS Becomes Invisible (But Not For Long)

Here's what looks like a weird publishing decision: the American Chemical Society seems to have blocked search engines for its publications. Try it: type "JACS" into Google, and you'll no longer get the journal's page showing up in the search results. Show More Summary

An Excellent Explanation About How Moisturizer Works to Repair Dry Skin

last monthHumor : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions excellently explains the three ways (occlusive, humectant, emollient) by which moisturizers work to effectively repair dry skin. Occlusives are the old school moisturizers and they work in the simplest way possible. They form a barrier over the skin that water can’t penetrate, stopping evaporation and […]

Chemistry Life Hacks for Winter Survival [Video]

From the American Chemical Society: With temperatures falling along with snow, we’re smack in the middle of winter. While you wait out the winter months, we’ve got advice on keeping your windshield fog-free, getting unstuck from the snow and even how to make your own hand warmer. Show More Summary

A Series of Chemistry Inspired Life Hacks Designed to Make Winter More Bearable

last monthHumor : Laughing Squid

Reactions by the American Chemical Society has a video detailing a series of life hacks–and the chemistry behind them–designed to help alleviate certain winter-related problems, from dry skin to getting a car stuck in the snow.

‘Reactions’ Explains How Salt Melts Ice and Its Limitations, Alternatives, and Downsides

2 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains the chemistry behind how salt melts ice. The episode also explains the limitations of salt, alternatives like sand and other chemicals, and also the environmental downsides of using salt.

The Chemistry of Champagne [Science Video]

From the American Chemical Society: More bottles of Champagne are popped during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. This week we take a look at what chemically separates a Champagne from just another white wine. [Reactions] The post The Chemistry of Champagne [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

The science behind your New Year’s Eve bubbly

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Just in time for New Year's, The American Chemical Society has a great video about the science that makes your bubbly so...bubbly.Technically, champagne is only champagne if it's made from grapes from Champagne (France). But sparkling wine in general gets its oomph by way of a second fermentation. Show More Summary

Do Carrots Really Help You See Better? [Science Video]

From the American Chemical Society: You heard it from your mom over and over again. “Eat your carrots, they’ll help you see better!” So is it true? We teamed up with chemist Chad Jones, host of the Collapsed Wavefunction podcast, to crack the carrot case wide open. Show More Summary

‘Reactions’ Asks and Answers the Question ‘Do Carrots Make You See Better?’

2 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

Chemist Chad Jones of The Collapsed Wavefunction podcast appeared in a recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions to answer the question “Do Carrots Make You See Better?” In the episode, Jones explains the World War II origins of the myth that eating a lot of carrots improves eyesight as well as the chemistry of […]

Fracking Green Chemistry Roundtable Launched

Apache, Dow Chemical and Marathon Oil are among the members of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute’s newly formed roundtable to identify opportunities for the oil and gas industry to use green chemistry and engineering in hydraulic fracturing. The ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable is open to new members; to be considered a founding […]

Holiday Chemistry

The American Chemical Society has collected lots of experiments you can use to help your holidays merrier.

This Thanksgiving, Explore The Chemistry Of Eating Too Much - We think you might need this right about now.

3 months agoHumor : Geekosystem

Sure, the physical size and stretchiness of your stomach has a lot to do with why you probably feel like a turkey-filled Macy's Day balloon right now. But the American Chemical Society's Reactions series wants you to know that a lot of it also has to do with chemicals—and not just the oft-demonized tryptophan, either. Unbutton your pants and join us for some science!

What Happens When You Eat Too Much?

Another from the American Chemical Society’s informative videos, this one is perfectly timed for those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving…

‘Reactions’ Explains the Chemistry of What Goes on in Our Stomachs After Eating Too Much

3 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of The American Chemical Society series Reactions explains the chemistry behind what goes on in our stomachs after we eat too much. Just in time for all of the Thanksgiving feasts that will be consumed this week. The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. […]

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