ACS Reactions Video: Chemistry of Pizza!

The Chemistry of Pizza – Reactions

Oops alert! Casein is spelled incorrectly at 2:26. Thanks to an eagle-eyed viewer!

Whether it’s a plain cheese, a deep-dish stacked with meats or a thin-crust veggie delight, there’s just something about pizza that makes it delicious. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes into everything from dough to sauce to toppings to, of course, cheese. There’s also a very specific chemical reaction at work on every single slice, no matter what toppings you choose.

It’s called the Maillard Reaction, and it’s what causes the browning of the dough and toppings, as well as the release of some delicious compounds.

ACS Reactions video about how acetaminophen (Tylenol) works! #sciencematters

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol™, is one of the most popular pain relievers in the world, selling more than 27 billion doses in 2009 alone. It can reduce fevers, eliminate aches and pains and relieve cough and cold symptoms. But how does it work? The truth is, no one knows exactly. This week, Reactions examines the theories about the popular pill.

Don’t pee in the pool… pee in the ocean

Urinating in a chlorinated pool can lead to small amounts of chemicals that might irritate your lungs, according to this new video from Breakthrough Science and the American Chemical Society.
Scientific American article.
(http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/06/10/dont-go-in-the-water-what-happens-when-you-pee-in-a-pool/).