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Chemistry in Everyday Life

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Chemistry in Everyday Life is a podcast that aims to explain the fascinating world of chemistry to lay people with the help of common examples encountered all around us.

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The Nobel Series Part I: DNA

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for "for the development of a method for genome editing”. Their work has markedly added to the toolbox available to researchers in the life sciences and in my humble opinion, it is worth talking about. To understand why this work is so important, we will need to have some introductory episodes first and this here is part number I, where we will discuss the structure of DNA. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources · https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2020/summary/ · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_genome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organelle · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_nucleus · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleoid

16 min2 d ago
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The Nobel Series Part I: DNA

Hydrogel - interesting material, exciting uses

In this episode, I discuss a special group of materials called hydrogels. For something that is hardly ever mentioned publically, it has a surprising amount of uses in the world... I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrophile 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyacrylamide 4. https://waterbeads.net/msd-sheet/ 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LncMVXrA-iw (every day uses of these beads 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBkXDxcO-Pg (Good reference) 7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1xk1rlrGg (nice reference) 8. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel 9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloid 10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gel 11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superabsorbent_polymer 12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-healing_hydrogels 13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel_agriculture 14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin 15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collagen 16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitreous_body

13 min3 w ago
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Hydrogel - interesting material, exciting uses

Green Statues

We all know that statues in the cities are green, like for example the statue of liberty. But do you all know why they are green? This episode looks at this question. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://copperalliance.org.uk/knowledge-base/education/education-resources/copper-reactivity-patination/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oxidation_Event https://www.thoughtco.com/why-statue-of-liberty-is-green-4114936 https://www.thoughtco.com/oxidation-reduction-reactions-604037 https://sciencestruck.com/why-does-copper-oxidize-turn-green https://sciencing.com/effects-oxidation-copper-8613905.html General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper(I)_oxide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_copper_carbonate

11 minSEP 21
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Green Statues

Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions?

Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions? This listener question will be discussed in this episode. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tear_gas https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reizstoff https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwiebel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn-Propanethial-S-oxide https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propanthialoxid https://www.britannica.com/story/why-do-onions-make-you-cry https://www.thoughtco.com/why-do-onions-make-you-cry-604309 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170620122950.htm http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/pso/psoc.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliinase https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysteine#Biological_functions

7 minSEP 7
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Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions?

Water's special superpower - hydrogen bonds

Water is all around us and we kind of take it for granted. It is an accepted basis for life and makes our planet inhabitable. Have you guys ever wondered why that is? Well, water is also a very special liquid. This episode revolves around a specific feature that water has, namely hydrogen bonds, how they function and why they change the way water behaves in comparison to other compounds. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources · General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 · https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256 · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_bonding_of_water · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Density · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_selenide · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_telluride · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celsius · https://www.thoughtco.com/why-does-ice-float-604304 · https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasserstoffbr%C3%BCckenbindung

14 minAUG 26
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Water's special superpower - hydrogen bonds

Why better not to use heating fuel in your diesel engine?

This episode is based on a discussion I had with an acquaintance at a barbecue. He, being the smarty pants that he is, asked "Do you know the difference between diesel and heating fuel?"... I didn't... I, being the smarty pants that I am, was annoyed by that. With a wry smile he suggested: "Better look it up then." And I did! The result is a not too shabby podcast episode on the difference between the two. If you want to know why it is a bad idea to use heating fuel in your diesel engine, tune in! Sources https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiz%C3%B6l https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieselkraftstoff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heating_oil https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_fuel https://www.heizoel.total.de/rund-um-heizoel/aktuelles-tipps/sonstiges-aktuelles/statt-diesel-einfach-heizoel-tanken/ https://www.gutefrage.net/frage/was-ist-der-unterschied-zwischen-heizoel-und-diesel https://www.helpster.de/unterschied-von-diesel-und-heizoel-eine-nachvollziehbare-erklaerung_115301 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetanzahl https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feinstaub https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocarbon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalyst_poisoning https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klopfen_(Verbrennungsmotor) https://www.goodscience.com.au/year-9-chemistry/acid-metal-reactions/

8 minAUG 10
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Why better not to use heating fuel in your diesel engine?

Let's talk about soap and detergents...

When talking about chemistry, one of the first topics to breach is the chemistry of soap. In the time of a global pandemic, washing our hands has become second nature and at some point at the beginning the stockpiling of soap even led to shortages in some areas. So let's talk about soap and how it does its job. Sources https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seife https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detergent https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinigungsmittel https://www.quirkyscience.com/difference-soap-detergent/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/3/11/21173187/coronavirus-covid-19-hand-washing-sanitizer-compared-soap-is-dope https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_polarity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solubility

13 minJUL 26
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Let's talk about soap and detergents...

Fireworks - Chemistry of Colour

I love fireworks, folks. I don't see the spectacle often, but when I do , it is an absolute beauty to behold, especially when it is an entire choreography. I sometimes cannot believe that there are people whose job it is to "make" fireworks. Especially, the development of new ones must be a blast!... in more ways than one :-P. This episode looks at how fireworks create colour at the sky. I hope you enjoy it. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom#Bohr_model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohr_model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_orbital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks#Pyrotechnic_compounds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrotechnic_composition General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6; Chapter 7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_sp...

12 minJUL 12
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Fireworks - Chemistry of Colour

Carbonated Drinks - Fizzy Fun

Virtually every time before I record an episode of my podcast, I open a can of coke. That little 'fizz' sound heralds the beginning of my late evening, I take a brief sip and then I start recording. I do this with such regularity that I dedided to make the fizz the topic of today's conversation. How do we make carbonated drinks? If you want to find out, this is episode to listen to. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com Sources General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonated_water https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry%27s_law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink#Carbonated_drinks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soda_siphon https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-a-shaken-soda-fi/

10 minJUN 28
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Carbonated Drinks - Fizzy Fun

Nature's Catalyst - Enzymes

After we discussed the concept of catalysis in our last episode, it is only fitting to look at a specific example. If you are interested in knowing how nature uses catalysis to run the show in our bodies, then tune in to learn about Enzymes, nature's catalysts. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com Sources: · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_dehydrogenase · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_enzymes · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digestive_enzyme · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_enzymes · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle#Digestive_system · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsin

10 minJUN 15
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Nature's Catalyst - Enzymes

Latest Episodes

The Nobel Series Part I: DNA

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for "for the development of a method for genome editing”. Their work has markedly added to the toolbox available to researchers in the life sciences and in my humble opinion, it is worth talking about. To understand why this work is so important, we will need to have some introductory episodes first and this here is part number I, where we will discuss the structure of DNA. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources · https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2020/summary/ · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_genome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosome · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organelle · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrion · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_nucleus · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleoid

16 min2 d ago
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The Nobel Series Part I: DNA

Hydrogel - interesting material, exciting uses

In this episode, I discuss a special group of materials called hydrogels. For something that is hardly ever mentioned publically, it has a surprising amount of uses in the world... I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrophile 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyacrylamide 4. https://waterbeads.net/msd-sheet/ 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LncMVXrA-iw (every day uses of these beads 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBkXDxcO-Pg (Good reference) 7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1xk1rlrGg (nice reference) 8. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel 9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloid 10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gel 11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superabsorbent_polymer 12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-healing_hydrogels 13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogel_agriculture 14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin 15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collagen 16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitreous_body

13 min3 w ago
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Hydrogel - interesting material, exciting uses

Green Statues

We all know that statues in the cities are green, like for example the statue of liberty. But do you all know why they are green? This episode looks at this question. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://copperalliance.org.uk/knowledge-base/education/education-resources/copper-reactivity-patination/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oxidation_Event https://www.thoughtco.com/why-statue-of-liberty-is-green-4114936 https://www.thoughtco.com/oxidation-reduction-reactions-604037 https://sciencestruck.com/why-does-copper-oxidize-turn-green https://sciencing.com/effects-oxidation-copper-8613905.html General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper(I)_oxide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_copper_carbonate

11 minSEP 21
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Green Statues

Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions?

Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions? This listener question will be discussed in this episode. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tear_gas https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reizstoff https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwiebel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syn-Propanethial-S-oxide https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propanthialoxid https://www.britannica.com/story/why-do-onions-make-you-cry https://www.thoughtco.com/why-do-onions-make-you-cry-604309 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170620122950.htm http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/pso/psoc.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliinase https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysteine#Biological_functions

7 minSEP 7
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Why do our eyes burn and tear when we cut onions?

Water's special superpower - hydrogen bonds

Water is all around us and we kind of take it for granted. It is an accepted basis for life and makes our planet inhabitable. Have you guys ever wondered why that is? Well, water is also a very special liquid. This episode revolves around a specific feature that water has, namely hydrogen bonds, how they function and why they change the way water behaves in comparison to other compounds. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources · General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 · https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256 · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_bonding_of_water · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Density · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_selenide · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_telluride · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celsius · https://www.thoughtco.com/why-does-ice-float-604304 · https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasserstoffbr%C3%BCckenbindung

14 minAUG 26
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Water's special superpower - hydrogen bonds

Why better not to use heating fuel in your diesel engine?

This episode is based on a discussion I had with an acquaintance at a barbecue. He, being the smarty pants that he is, asked "Do you know the difference between diesel and heating fuel?"... I didn't... I, being the smarty pants that I am, was annoyed by that. With a wry smile he suggested: "Better look it up then." And I did! The result is a not too shabby podcast episode on the difference between the two. If you want to know why it is a bad idea to use heating fuel in your diesel engine, tune in! Sources https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiz%C3%B6l https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieselkraftstoff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heating_oil https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_fuel https://www.heizoel.total.de/rund-um-heizoel/aktuelles-tipps/sonstiges-aktuelles/statt-diesel-einfach-heizoel-tanken/ https://www.gutefrage.net/frage/was-ist-der-unterschied-zwischen-heizoel-und-diesel https://www.helpster.de/unterschied-von-diesel-und-heizoel-eine-nachvollziehbare-erklaerung_115301 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetanzahl https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feinstaub https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocarbon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalyst_poisoning https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klopfen_(Verbrennungsmotor) https://www.goodscience.com.au/year-9-chemistry/acid-metal-reactions/

8 minAUG 10
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Why better not to use heating fuel in your diesel engine?

Let's talk about soap and detergents...

When talking about chemistry, one of the first topics to breach is the chemistry of soap. In the time of a global pandemic, washing our hands has become second nature and at some point at the beginning the stockpiling of soap even led to shortages in some areas. So let's talk about soap and how it does its job. Sources https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seife https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detergent https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinigungsmittel https://www.quirkyscience.com/difference-soap-detergent/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/3/11/21173187/coronavirus-covid-19-hand-washing-sanitizer-compared-soap-is-dope https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_polarity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solubility

13 minJUL 26
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Let's talk about soap and detergents...

Fireworks - Chemistry of Colour

I love fireworks, folks. I don't see the spectacle often, but when I do , it is an absolute beauty to behold, especially when it is an entire choreography. I sometimes cannot believe that there are people whose job it is to "make" fireworks. Especially, the development of new ones must be a blast!... in more ways than one :-P. This episode looks at how fireworks create colour at the sky. I hope you enjoy it. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com . Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom#Bohr_model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohr_model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_orbital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks#Pyrotechnic_compounds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrotechnic_composition General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6; Chapter 7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_sp...

12 minJUL 12
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Fireworks - Chemistry of Colour

Carbonated Drinks - Fizzy Fun

Virtually every time before I record an episode of my podcast, I open a can of coke. That little 'fizz' sound heralds the beginning of my late evening, I take a brief sip and then I start recording. I do this with such regularity that I dedided to make the fizz the topic of today's conversation. How do we make carbonated drinks? If you want to find out, this is episode to listen to. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com Sources General Chemistry by D. D. Ebbing 5th Ed. 1996 ISBN 0-395-74415-6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonated_water https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry%27s_law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink#Carbonated_drinks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soda_siphon https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-a-shaken-soda-fi/

10 minJUN 28
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Carbonated Drinks - Fizzy Fun

Nature's Catalyst - Enzymes

After we discussed the concept of catalysis in our last episode, it is only fitting to look at a specific example. If you are interested in knowing how nature uses catalysis to run the show in our bodies, then tune in to learn about Enzymes, nature's catalysts. I can now be reached on twitter under @ChemistryinEve1 , if you have feedback that you would like to share. Alternatively, you can send an email to chem.podcast@gmail.com Sources: · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_dehydrogenase · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_enzymes · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digestive_enzyme · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_enzymes · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle#Digestive_system · https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsin

10 minJUN 15
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Nature's Catalyst - Enzymes
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