How is Leather Made?

From Reactions. How does animal hide become leather? We still don’t fully understand the chemistry of tanning, but the basic steps are thousands of years old. In this week’s episode of Reactions, learn how leather is made. More PBS Digital Studios Goodness here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqKjV9WNrIXRphDssM4gu0J Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You…

Myth or Fact?: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds

From Reactions. You may have heard that throwing rice at weddings will hurt wild birds. But we’re here to say that myth isn’t backed up by the science — and we can prove it with chemistry. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: How Do You Catch Fruit…

Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds

From Reactions. You may have heard that throwing rice at weddings will hurt wild birds. But we’re here to say that myth isn’t backed up by the science — and we can prove it with chemistry. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: How Do You Catch Fruit…

Do Astronauts Need Sunscreen?

From Reactions. How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? NASA is still figuring out how to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation — like plastic shielding and magnetic deflectors. Learn more about National Chemistry Week here! https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: The Spacefaring…

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

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

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

From Reactions. We wanted to know if enough tea was dumped in Boston harbor during the Boston tea party to turn the entire thing to tea. So we did some math. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: Yellowstone Steaming Acid Pools of Death https://youtu.be/OqP50563IDM How to Make…

What is Natto?

From Reactions. It’s a much-loved, protein-packed Japanese food standby. It’s also made of slimy, stinky soybeans. By popular request, this week Reactions is all about the chemistry of natto. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: Surströmming: The Secrets of this Stinky Swedish Fish https://youtu.be/U-Y8qqdjDAk What Are Century…

Can Silver Nanoparticles Combat Your Stink?

From Reactions. Some clothing makers try to harness the antibacterial power of silver to combat the smell of sweat from your workouts — now with added nanotechnology. This week on Reactions, we ask: does it work? Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: C&EN’s reporting on nanoparticles: https://cen.acs.org/articles/87/web/2009/10/Nanosilver-Wash.html…

What are Eye Boogers?

From Reactions. Watch PBS Eons! https://www.youtube.com/eons Eye crusties, sleep, sand, eye boogers. What’s that stuff in the corner of your eyes when you wake up? This week, Reactions explains the chemistry of the film that protects your eyes. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: Does Melatonin Do…

How Does Double Acting Baking Powder… Doubly Act?

From Reactions. Take the PBSDS Annual Survey! https://to.pbs.org/2018YTSurvey Why does baking powder say “double acting” on the container? Is that better than single acting? This week on Reactions, we explain — with chemistry! Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: The Ultimate Donut Battle: Cake vs. Yeast: https://youtu.be/u68ZnxzWj5k…

Can You Take Expired Drugs?

From Reactions. Description: Every medicine you buy has an expiration date printed on it somewhere, but does it actually go bad? This week on Reactions, we explain the chemistry of drug expiration dates. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: Does Melatonin Do Anything? https://youtu.be/qjUKsW93qRU Do Vitamin Supplements…

Will This Pop a Balloon?

From Reactions. Have you ever popped a balloon with just an orange peel? This chemistry party trick is a classic demo of how solvents work. Learn about the science of why like dissolves like! Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/ Tumblr! http://acsreactions.tumblr.com/ You might also like: What Makes Rubber Rubbery? https://youtu.be/n2zOdsxC_eo How Do…