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Chemistry

  1. Before You Ruin Yourself With Champagne Tonight, Find Out How It Works

    Somebody call Dr. Spaceman!

    Just because it's New Year's Eve doesn't mean we can't all sit down and learn ourselves a little bit of science. For example, where do sparkling wine and Champagne get their bubble-y consistency from, and why does a bottle of Champagne pop when you open it? Watch this Reactions video to discover why, and be sure to impress your party guests with your newfound knowledge later.

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  2. Explaining How Cats Get High, and Other Cat-Related Chemistry Lessons

    Like, meow, man.

    Why do so many cats completely lose their marbles when they're introduced to catnip? Why does cat urine smell like the worst thing ever in the world, except when it's in kitty litter? And why are they always rubbing their faces up against stuff? Youtube's Reactions: Everyday Chemistry wants you to know that the answer to all of these questions is "chemicals, duh." Dang, I had my heart set on "cat magic," but that makes more sense.

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  3. Everybody Panic! Capitalism Is Killing You With Toxic Receipt Paper! Is Nothing Sacred!?

    Et tu, Filene?

    That's it. Bolt your doors. Board up your windows. Huddle alone in the dark and for Chrissakes, don't touch anything. Everything is trying to kill you. Everything. Even the receipt paper from that donut you just bought. Even huddling alone in the dark, because you'll probably starve if you don't ruin the whole thing by going outside or moving or something. Life carries a significant risk of death.

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  4. The American Chemical Society Explains The Delicious Science Behind Pizza’s Mouthfeel

    See you guys later. I need to do some "research."

    I have it on good authority that pizza is made from Chris Evans kisses and God’s daydreams, but the American Chemical Society has another (slightly more credible) explanation. 

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  5. There’s Chemistry in Why Your Toothpaste Sucks All the Joy out of Delicious Food

    Gee thanks, chemistry.

    At least trading in your sense of taste has an important function like... creating bubbles. Making your food and drink taste awful is just another helpful way toothpaste assures you that it's working.

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  6. Live Out Your Aquaman Fantasies With a New Compound That Filters Oxygen From Water

    This is an important advancement in mermaid science.

    There's a new compound that will let us breathe under water and in space! Well, really we already had a chemical compound that lets us breathe in those places. That would be O2, diatomic oxygen or oxygen gas, which we shove into pressurized canisters and lug into space or anywhere else that we need breathable air. But now, scientists have found another chemical compound that filters, stores, and releases high volumes of oxygen and is much less dangerous than potentially explosive tanks—probably.

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  7. 7-Year-Old Girl Visits Her Favorite Chemists in This Adorable Video

    We should all love chemistry as much as this girl loves chemistry.

    Adele Rouse got to live out every child's dream: she flew to England to visit her favorite chemists. (That's a thing all children want to do, right?) In this video Rouse visits some of the chemists behind Periodic Videos, an incredible YouTube channel that demonstrates some really incredible chemistry with humor and crazy hair.

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  8. Chemistry Makes Sex Better, and This Video Explains How

    It's business chemistry time.

    Chemistry has made life in these modern times a lot better, and that includes sex lives in these modern times. The latest video from The American Chemical Society series Reactions breaks down four ways in which chemistry has made its way between the sheets.

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  9. Stephanie Kwolek, Pioneering Chemist, Has Passed Away At 90

    Thank you, madame. You made the world a safer place.

    Fox News is reporting that Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented the durable fiber used in Kevlar Body Armor, has passed away at 90 of an unknown illness.

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  10. An Important Reminder: Everything Is Chemicals

    Someone gave my wife a “Chemical Free Weed Killer” recipe. I made some corrections. pic.twitter.com/xUvLBa7J6o — Glen Tickle (@glentickle) June 12, 2014 A recipe for “non-chemical weed killer” is making its way around the Internet and real world. It even made its way to my refrigerator somehow. Being the science-minded person I am, I fixed […]

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  11. Are You Alone In the Universe? This Animated Short Doesn’t Think So [VIDEO]

    Consider the Following

    Munich design collective KurzGesagt has a lot of super-deep questions they'd like to ask you about life, the universe, and everything. But don't panic: they also have a lot of answers for you, as evidenced by this gorgeously rendered animated short about the biology, chemistry, astronomy, and philosophy that directly go into making you the complex life form you are. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Chemistry Joke Could Keep High School Student From Walking at Graduation

    It wasn't even a good chemistry joke.

    Soon-to-be high school graduate Paris Gray tried to slip a chemistry joke into her school's yearbook, and it could cost her the chance to walk at graduation. I hate to say it, but as Geekosystem's resident weird old dad, I think maybe it should.

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  13. New, Superheavy Element 117 to Be Added to the Periodic Table

    Why is everything so heavy in 2014? Is there something wrong with the Earth's gravitational pull?

    Hey, chemistry students studying for final exams: you missed a spot! It's not your fault, though. Element 117 was just confirmed in a lab and will soon be added to the periodic table, so you'll have one more element to memorize in the near future. Man, I hope your periodic table posters are recyclable.

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  14. Get to Know the Science Behind Sriracha With This Video

    Because everything is science.

    Curious why Sriracha is so good? It's because of science! (Isn't everything?) In this video from the new(ish) YouTube series Reactions by Kirk Zamieroski from the American Chemical Society we get a molecular-level look at what makes Sriracha so uniquely wonderful, and now we're hungry for fiery deliciousness.

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  15. TEDEd Explains How Your Brain Is A Slave To Sugar Cravings [Video]

    It's all fun and games before you're chewing on a tombstone like Sheldon on Rocko's Modern Life.

    It's virtually impossible for most people to turn down a cookie piece of candy. You know, unless you were both without a "sweet tooth," of course, in which case we're all very jealous and would like to know how you are able to resist. But what do we mean when we talk about "sweet tooths" in the first place? Let Nicole Avena of TEDEd explain.

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  16. 5 Tips for a Better Thanksgiving Through Science [Video]

    You know, because science hasn't already done enough for you. Why are you so needy?

    Say goodbye to dry, cardboard-like turkey and boost your health thanks to Bytesize Science. They'll show you a bunch of ways to make your Thanksgiving more delicious and more healthy at the same time. What they don't show you is how to tell your Mom her turkey could be better. Science has no answer for that. You're on your own.

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  17. 12 Elements Discovered Since Tom Lehrer Set the Periodic Table to Music in 1959

    There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium, and hydrogen, and oxygen, and nitrogen, and rhenium...

    Tom Lehrer is a genius. He released a number of albums in the 50's and 60's of satirical songs, but as far as we're concerned his magnum opus is "The Elements." The song put all the known elements at the time to music. That was in 1959. We've discovered a few elements since then, and here they are. Mr. Lehrer, perhaps another verse is in order?

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  18. Spreadable. Beer. Beer You Spread on Things Then Eat, Now Reality

    Your toast can now get you drunk!

    An Italian brewery and an Italian chocolatier came together to invent beer you can spread like Nutella, so let's all take some time this long weekend to write them a thank you note, because now that's a thing that exists. This is groundbreaking because now sandwiches can get you drunk.

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  19. Liquid Nitrogen Pool Party Poisons Nine in Mexico, Leaves One Victim Comatose

    With summer coming, it's a good idea to remember that pouring liquid nitrogen into a pool might look cool, but is ultimately a terrible idea.

    For no doubt the first time ever, a bad decision was made a pool party sponsored by Jagermeister. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. This bad call, though, went beyond the standard ill-starred hookup or barf-inducing round of Jager Bombs as organizers poured liquid nitrogen into the swimming pool. While this produced the desired 'smoke on the water' effect organizers were seeking, it also had an unintended consequence, creating a cloud of nitrogen gas that asphyxiated party goers and left several hospitalized, including a 21-year-old man who remains in a coma.

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  20. DJs Suspended Indefinitely Over Chemistry Joke Florida Didn’t Understand

    We probably don't have to tell Geekosystem readers this, but water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It can be written as H2O, or as dihydrogen monoxide which means literally "Two hydrogen one oxygen." When two Florida radio DJs announced that dihydrogen monoxide was coming out of their faucets, the Fort Myers area went bananas. The DJs have been suspended indefinitely and could face felony charges.

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