• Reactions -- Can Plastic Be Composted?
    Can Plastic Be Composted?
    Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable ...
    Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere. Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway lifestyle? Well -- it’s ...
    Air Date 1/22/2019
    0:04:33
  • Reactions -- How Does Low-Dose Aspirin Work?
    How Does Low-Dose Aspirin Work?
    You ever see those commercials suggesting people take a tiny dose of aspirin ...
    You ever see those commercials suggesting people take a tiny dose of aspirin every day? It’s an amount so small it doesn’t really work for pain relief, yet taking low-dose aspirin is fairly ...
    Air Date 1/7/2019
    0:04:27
  • Reactions -- What Makes Kimchi So Delicious?
    What Makes Kimchi So Delicious?
    It’s the fermented food most requested by you, the viewers! What makes kimchi ...
    It’s the fermented food most requested by you, the viewers! What makes kimchi sour and spicy, yet also surprisingly rich and buttery?
    Air Date 12/27/2018
    0:04:39
  • Reactions -- Should Santa Wear a Flame Retardant Suit?
    Should Santa Wear a Flame Retardant Suit?
    Flame-retardant chemicals can slow the spread of fire in homes and garments. But ...
    Flame-retardant chemicals can slow the spread of fire in homes and garments. But are these compounds naughty or nice? This week on Reactions, we ask whether old Saint Nick might want a flame-retardant ...
    Air Date 12/12/2018
    0:03:53
  • Reactions -- Why Don’t Antarctic Fish Freeze to Death?
    Why Don’t Antarctic Fish Freeze to Death?
    Fish living in the oceans around Antarctica seem like they should freeze to ...
    Fish living in the oceans around Antarctica seem like they should freeze to death. But notothenioids have it all figured out, thanks to the antifreeze proteins in their blood!
    Air Date 12/10/2018
    0:04:11
  • Reactions -- Why Does Humidity Feel Gross?
    Why Does Humidity Feel Gross?
    Relative humidity, dew point, heat index... trying to figure out what to wear ...
    Relative humidity, dew point, heat index... trying to figure out what to wear from all these buzzy weather words is enough to make you sweat! But fear not, today we're giving you a break down on how ...
    Air Date 11/29/2018
    0:04:55
  • Reactions -- How to Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning Your House
    How to Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning Your House
    This week Reactions is looking into the chemistry behind deep fried turkey for ...
    This week Reactions is looking into the chemistry behind deep fried turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner. There's a lot of science that goes into cooking that bird. But before you whip out that deep ...
    Air Date 11/19/2018
    0:02:57
  • Reactions -- How is Leather Made?
    How is Leather Made?
    How does animal hide become leather? We still don’t fully understand the ...
    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 ...
    Air Date 11/13/2018
    0:04:03
  • Reactions -- Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds
    Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice is Bad for Birds
    You may have heard that throwing rice at weddings will hurt wild birds. But ...
    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.
    Air Date 11/6/2018
    0:04:30
  • Reactions -- Do Astronauts Need Sunscreen?
    Do Astronauts Need Sunscreen?
    How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? NASA is still ...
    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.
    Air Date 10/24/2018
    0:05:03
  • Reactions -- How Do You Catch Fruit Flies?
    How Do You Catch Fruit Flies?
    You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar--or do you? This week on ...
    You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar--or do you? This week on Reactions, we explain the chemistry behind why fruit flies love vinegar so much, some entomologists call them “vinegar ...
    Air Date 10/24/2018
    0:03:16
  • Reactions -- Tardigrades are the Planets Most Hardcore Critters
    Tardigrades are the Planets Most Hardcore Critters
    It can survive drying out, extreme heat and cold, and even exposure to vacuum. ...
    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 ...
    Air Date 10/24/2018
    0:03:12
  • Reactions -- Turning the Boston Harbor into Actual Tea
    Turning the Boston Harbor into Actual Tea
    We wanted to know if enough tea was dumped in Boston harbor during the Boston ...
    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.
    Air Date 10/23/2018
    0:04:10
  • Reactions -- What is Natto?
    What is Natto?
    It’s a much-loved, protein-packed Japanese food standby. It’s also made of ...
    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.
    Air Date 10/3/2018
    0:04:46
  • Reactions -- Can Silver Nanoparticles Combat Your Stink?
    Can Silver Nanoparticles Combat Your Stink?
    Some clothing makers try to harness the antibacterial power of silver to combat ...
    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?
    Air Date 10/3/2018
    0:02:52
  • Reactions -- What are Eye Boogers?
    What are Eye Boogers?
    Eye crusties, sleep, sand, eye boogers. What’s that stuff in the corner of ...
    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.
    Air Date 10/3/2018
    0:01:47
  • Reactions -- Hydrangeas and the Science of Do-Overs
    Hydrangeas and the Science of Do-Overs
    We tried to use chemistry to change hydrangea flowers from red to blue. It ...
    We tried to use chemistry to change hydrangea flowers from red to blue. It didn’t work the first time, so we tried again. Science: It’s all about the do-over. Because experiments aren’t just for ...
    Air Date 9/10/2018
    0:04:10
  • Reactions -- Chameleons Are Masters of Nanotechnology
    Chameleons Are Masters of Nanotechnology
    What do chameleons have to do with nanotechnology? These color-changing lizards ...
    What do chameleons have to do with nanotechnology? These color-changing lizards are some of nature’s wackiest animals, all because they’re masters of pigment and light. This week on Reactions, ...
    Air Date 9/10/2018
    0:03:48
  • Reactions -- How Milk Becomes Cheese
    How Milk Becomes Cheese
    Ever wonder how milk becomes cheese? We asked about the science and the microbes ...
    Ever wonder how milk becomes cheese? We asked about the science and the microbes that go into this tasty food. This week on Reactions, we visit St. James Cheese Company in New Orleans to learn all ...
    Air Date 9/10/2018
    0:06:44
  • Reactions -- Why Can’t You Buy Fresh Olives?
    Why Can’t You Buy Fresh Olives?
    Olives are a strange food: a fruit that you can’t buy fresh, just swimming in ...
    Olives are a strange food: a fruit that you can’t buy fresh, just swimming in salty brine. Why? They contain a bitter chemical called oleuropein. This week on Reactions, we’re talking about the ...
    Air Date 9/10/2018
    0:03:15
  • Reactions -- What's That After-Rain Smell Made Of?
    What's That After-Rain Smell Made Of?
    There’s a sweet smell in the air after it rains, whether it’s a spring ...
    There’s a sweet smell in the air after it rains, whether it’s a spring shower or a summer storm. This week on Reactions, we explain the chemistry of petrichor, the smell of rain.
    Air Date 9/10/2018
    0:03:58