If molecules were people… – TED Ed

When molecules collide, chemical reactions can occur — causing major structural changes akin to getting a new arm on your face! George Zaidan and Charles Morton playfully imagine chemical systems as busy city streets, and the colliding molecules within them as your average, limb-swapping joes.

Lesson by George Zaidan and Charles Morton, animation by Neighbor.

Why does your hair turn gray? – Speaking of Chemistry

It’s an inevitable side effect of longevity: your hair will turn gray. In this episode, Sophia Cai chats about the chemistry of your natural hair color, why it eventually turns white, and how scientists may be able to slow that graying down.

If this episode leaves you wanting more, check out these great resources.

First hair-graying gene identified
http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i10/Fi…

A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160…

 

ChemMatters – Digestion: The Disassembly Line

You could call digestion a disassembly line. Your body takes whatever morsel of food you give it, breaks it down, wrings out all the nutrients it can, and discards the waste. It’s an amazing example of chemistry in action, and it happens 24/7. Our body relies on three major types of food: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. In this latest episode of ChemMatters, find out how the body breaks down these big three food groups and puts their nutrients to use.

Honey is Really Bee Puke

Honey is great. It’s perfect for drizzling over your toast or stirring into your tea, it’s also the special ingredient in your favorite lip balm. What most people don’t know is that during the trip from the flower in the field to the jar on your table, honey spends an awful lot of time in a bee’s gut.

Sodium in Water Demo – A Safer Alternative

The reaction of sodium and water can be quite vigorous and potentially dangerous if appropriate safety precautions are not followed.  The reaction is also so fast that students often have difficulty observing it.  Here’ a slower and more controlled version of the demo that will captivate your students.  It’s key ingredient is mineral oil.

 

 

Oozing Pumpkins – Sick Science!

By Steve Spangler

Sick Science - Steve Spangler

Sick Science – Steve Spangler

It’s an awesome new Halloween twist on our Kid-Friendly Elephant’s Toothpaste experiment! With this demonstration, you’ll have an awesome foaming ooze seeping from the face of your jack-o-lantern and squeals of excitement coming from the face of your audience. Continue reading

Chemiluminescence

Courtesy of By David Muelheims

By David Muelheims

««« Contributed by James Palcik

Chemiluminescence is an unusual chemical property in that it allows certain compounds to spontaneously give off light.  In this demo, hydrogen peroxide is added to a luminol solution in a darkened room. The resulting chemical reaction produces a blue light that lasts for several minutes.

Curriculum Connection: Grade 10 Chemistry, Academic and Applied; Grade 11 and 12U Chemistry. This activity examines the concept of Energy of Reactions. Continue reading