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Can You Make Beer with Helium?

Check out the full story and beer recipe here: cenm.ag/heliumbeer Subscribe! bit.ly/ACSReactions Speaking of Chemistry joins daredevil homebrewers Craig Bettenhausen and Kevin Wepasnick as they put gas solubility to the test using chemistry and beer. Find out why helium beer

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The Four “New” Elements & How We Got Them

The periodic table just got four new elements, but this isn’t as groundbreaking as recent headlines would have you believe. Join Speaking of Chemistry’s resident killjoy to find out why. Seriously, though, this is some really cool chemistry. We want

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What’s Your New Year’s #ChemResolution?

The Speaking of Chemistry team has made some resolutions for 2016. Watch the video to find out what you can expect from us in the coming year, then share your #ChemResolution with us in the comments. Want even more Speaking

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The Chemistry of Truffles, the Most Expensive Food in the World

Although you probably haven’t dropped a cool $60 grand for a truffle, you may have wondered why some people are willing to do so. In this episode, Sarah Everts shows how chemistry fuels the fuss over the fungus…and reveals the

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Do You Really Need A Flu Shot Every Year?

Check out the article that inspired this episode: http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i34/To… Flu season is approaching, which means flu shot season is already here. But why do we need to get a flu shot every year, and why don’t they always work? In

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Giving Thanks For Chemistry — A Speaking of Chemistry Thanksgiving Special

Celebrate Thanksgiving with ACS Chemoji for FREE, now availbable for your iPhone or Android device: http://swyftmedia.com/apps/app.php?app=chemoji Every Thanksgiving, we stop to reflect on the things in our lives that we are grateful for. This year, we’re giving it up for

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The Surprising Chemistry of Mummies, Ghosts, and Vampires – Spooking of Chemistry

Happy Halloween! It’s time to collect some serious sweets and impress your friends with an awesome costume. In this week’s spooky Speaking of Chemistry, Judy fills you in on the surprising science behind ghosts, vampires, and mummies. That’s a wrap!

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What is the Gut Microbiome?

Right now, your microbiome–the trillions of bacteria and other tiny organisms living in and on your body–is hard at work making molecules that may be influencing your health and behavior. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, Harvard biochemist Emily

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How to Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, and half a million people in the U.S. end up in the emergency room because of them. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, guest host Linda Wang explores how kidney stones form and

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Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

People who want that fresh feeling after wiping their behinds have increasingly been relying on flushable wipes. But sewer managers and homeowners have been crying foul—literally–as more and more pipes get clogged. Are flushable wipes to blame? If this episode

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Stop and Smell the Volatile Organic Compounds

Is there anything better than a bouquet of fresh flowers? Well, as it turns out, you’re not the only one who likes the smell of posies — some flowers use their aroma to attract pollinators. Find out how airborne volatile

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Are Strawberries Going Away?

Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and delightful. Unfortunately, they’re also attractive bait for a litany of pests and diseases. In 2016, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean the end of strawberries as we know them. In this Speaking of Chemistry

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Are Wine Baths a Waste of Money?

Red wine is full of antioxidants and some people have spent serious cash trying to harness the health benefits of these compounds by soaking in tubs full of vino. In Episode 23 of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport dips into

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Why You Itch (and Why You Shouldn’t Scratch)

If you’ve ever had a bug bite, or brushed against some poison ivy, you know the agony of an itch and the overwhelming desire to scratch. But why might you want to think twice about scratching? In this week’s Speaking

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Keeping Cool Without Killing The Planet

Refrigeration is a staple of modern living—we use refrigerants in air conditioners, aerosol spray cans, and, well, refrigerators. But it turns out that the most popular refrigerants of the 20th century depleted the ozone and had high global warming potentials.

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