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Video: The chemistry of grilling

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video.

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Video: The science behind the smell of the sea

There's nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation. But instead of frolicking on the beach, a group of chemists is researching the compounds inside that air. Sea spray aerosols (SSAs) are ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Other
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Wine-making shortcut gives bubbly a fruitier aroma

The best sparkling wines take months to ferment to perfection. In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give this process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Other
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Video: Is aspartame safe?

It's been around for decades and it's probably in your diet soda - for a little while longer anyway. PepsiCo announced recently it was removing the artificial sweetener aspartame from its Diet Pepsi products ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Other
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Video: Keeping cool without killing the planet

We've had the delightful benefits of air conditioning and refrigeration for more than a hundred years now. In the early days, dangerous chemicals were used as refrigerants. Eventually, chlorofluorocarbons ...

dateJun 11, 2015 in Other
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Video: The chemistry of gender transitions

With Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition in the news, more attention is being paid to the transgender community. A big part of gender transition is hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

dateJun 08, 2015 in Other
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2004 Nobel chemistry winner Irwin Rose dies at 88

Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins—the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer ...

dateJun 03, 2015 in Other
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X-ray scanning to guarantee meat tenderness

Have you ever bought an expensive steak for your evening meal only to be annoyed to find out that you're chewing on stubborn gristle? Worry no more – change is just around the corner.

dateJun 02, 2015 in Other
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'Cold soak' process turns up the heat on wines

Those pondering which elements make the best drop of wine may be surprised to learn different climates produce mixed results when it comes to wines made using the 'cold soak' process.

dateMay 27, 2015 in Other
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Why Americans can't buy some of the best sunscreens

With summer nearly here, U.S. consumers might think they have an abundance of sunscreen products to choose from. But across the Atlantic, Europeans will be slathering on formulations that manufacturers say provide better ...

dateMay 27, 2015 in Other
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Video: Why don't we recycle Styrofoam?

You might be eating your lunch out of one right now, or eating your lunch with one right now. Polystyrene containers and utensils are found throughout the foodservice industry.

dateMay 18, 2015 in Other
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How olive oil is processed

The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean basin. Archeological evidence shows that olive oil was produced as early as 4000 BC. Besides food, olive oil was used historically for medicine, lamp fuel, soap, ...

dateMay 15, 2015 in Other
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Video: How does Adderall work?

More than 25 million people rely on Adderall and other similar drugs to help treat narcolepsy, depression and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But how does amphetamine, the active ingredient ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Other
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Video: Why are avocados so awesome?

Whether they're in a big bowl of guacamole for your Cinco de Mayo festivities or scooped on top of your salad, avocados enjoy a special place in our hearts and stomachs. On top of being tasty, avocados are ...

dateMay 04, 2015 in Other
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Chemists against chemical weapons

Professor David Cole-Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and EuCheMS President, will lead more than 160,000 chemists across 32 countries this week in calling for the complete elimination ...

Homeland chemical security

The slow implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in the USA as part of homeland security and anti-terrorism measures is leaving chemical plants vulnerable and putting at risk the safety of ...

Video: Clean up your life with chemistry life hacks

Ever run out of your go-to cleaning product, and you've got a mess that you just can't leave alone? Have no fear, chemistry is here. Reactions is back with another round of our Chemistry Life Hacks series, ...

Video: How can you see an atom?

Since ancient Greek times, philosophers and scientists have pondered the atom. For a couple thousand years, humans could only speculate on the structure and other properties of the smallest unit of matter. ...

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