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The Chemistry of Poison Ivy and How It Irritates the Skin

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains the chemistry of poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) and how it irritates the skin. The offending compound is called urushiol, and it can penetrate to the second layer of skin causing rashes or blisters. The video also gives tips on treating and preventing poison ivy.

A Look at the Chemical Difference Between Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions looks at the chemical difference between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. Both substances deliver the same chemicals to the body, and the episode cautions against consuming too much of either. submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

What Goes Into Your Toilet Might Be A Literal Goldmine

3 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

image credit The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.A...Show More Summary

There’s Gold In That Poop! Mining Precious Metals From Human Waste

A paper at this week's American Chemical Society meeting will discuss extracting microscopic precious metals from human waste The post There’s Gold In That Poop! Mining Precious Metals From Human Waste appeared first on Sustainablog...

Is Sewage Treatment Arming New Forms of Super-Bacteria?

This is the argument being made this weekend at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society: the chlorine (usually) used in treating wastewater may be encouraging the formation of new, so-far unknown antibiotics. Show More Summary

What Does 'Hypoallergenic' Mean? Apparently Whatever Manufacturers Want It To Mean, Scientists Say

Have we all been fooled? A new video from the American Chemical Society (above) reveals that many household products labeled as "hypoallergenic" -- from cosmetics to baby products -- are not backed by scientific evidence indicating that...Show More Summary

‘Hypoallergenic’ is meaningless — It is ‘whatever a company wants it mean,’ scientists explain

last weekNews : The Raw Story

A new video by the American Chemical Society explains that “‘hypoallergenic’ isn’t really a thing,” largely because the term can mean whatever manufacturers want it to. “There’s one label that’s gone unregulated for decades —...

Mixing Bleach Is The Cleaning Mistake You Definitely Don't Want To Make

Even though green cleaning practices have made their way into many homes, some jobs are best left to that time-tested combination of bleach and elbow grease. According to scientists at the American Chemical Society (ACS), that's actually...Show More Summary

For St. Patrick's Day, craft beer chemistry

Credit: The American Chemical Society It's been around for centuries but it seems like beer has never been more popular. Microbreweries are cranking out special stouts, IPAs, lagers and pilsners. And the flavors and aromas of each of those brews all come down to chemistry. This week, in honor of St. Show More Summary

A Quick Explanation About What Makes Carbon Monoxide So Deadly

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains what makes carbon monoxide so deadly. The colorless and odorless gas poses a serious health threat if dangerous levels of it go undetected in the home.

Just in Time for St. Paddy’s Day: The Chemistry of Craft Beers [Video]

From the American Chemical Society: It’s been around for centuries but it seems like beer has never been more popular. Microbreweries are cranking out special stouts, IPAs, lagers and pilsners. And the flavors and aromas of each of those brews all come down to chemistry. Show More Summary

DC Jobs: American Chemical Society, Law360

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

This week, American Chemical Society is hiring a writer/video producer, while Law360 needs an aerospace and defense senior reporter. American University is seeking a senior director of content and news, and the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the hunt for a database reporter. Show More Summary

An Explanation of the Chemistry That Turns Blue Jeans Blue

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions explains the chemistry that turns blue jeans blue. The episode gives a brief explanation of the history of jeans and the indigo dye used to color them. That process is more complicated than just soaking the clothes in dye, and requires the use of an alkali […]

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

last monthGenres / 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

last monthHumor : Laughing Squid

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

last monthHumor : 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

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