How Does Toothpaste Make Orange Juice Taste Bad?


In our latest episode, we take on a common breakfast disturbance - the foul taste of orange juice after you brush your teeth. Toothpaste is loaded with a cornucopia of chemicals that add flavors, body, texture, and most importantly, the ability to clean your teeth. One compound in particular, a detergent known as sodium lauryl sulfate is responsible for the suds that you produce when brushing. As it turns out, this compound has an interesting effect on your mouths taste receptors. Watch the video to find out exactly how SLS affects your sense of taste, and be prepared to amaze your friends at breakfast when you drop chemical facts on why this bitter combo leads to such a puckered up, gross experience.
Produced by the American Chemical Society
Directed and animated by Kirk Zamieroski

Super-Small "Microsubmarines" Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Imagine a submarine. Now shrink that down to one-tenth the size of a human hair. It's not science fiction. Scientists recently made these tiny "microsubmarines" a reality. According to the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, scientists have created the first ever self-propelled "microsubmarines" able to pick up and transport droplets of oil from contaminated waters. These tiny machines could play an important role in cleaning up oil spills, like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.


Our First Ever Bytesize Demo: The Briggs-Rauscher Reaction

To kick off our new series of Bytesize demo videos, we went to the guy who literally wrote the book on chemistry demos: University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor and 2012 ACS President Bassam Shakhashiri, author of the popular “Chemical Demonstrations” textbooks. Check out the first Bytesize Demo to see a stunning “chemical oscillating reaction” that changes from a beautiful amber color to a very dark blue and back again (and again and again).

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The Scoop on Solar Power

 Did you know that if humans were  able to harness all of the energy that the sun delivers to Earth, this would
provide enough electricity to power nearly 10,000 Earths? To learn more about how the sun might help power
tomorrow’s homes, check out our latest audio podcasts to get the full scoop on  solar power.
How Students are Building Tomorrow’s Solar Homes - Part One:
How Students are Building Tomorrow’s Solar Homes - Part Two:
How Solar Power Works - Part One:
How Solar Power Works - Part Two:


ChemMatters Video - Episode 6

Is that "priceless" painting the real deal or a cheap fake? How chemists use CSI tools to find out

ChemMatters - Episode 6: Is that “priceless” painting the real deal or a cheap fake? from ACS Pressroom on Vimeo.

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When it comes to detecting art forgery, the stakes are high. Paintings and sculptures carry price tags of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. A chemical analysis can validate the price, or trash it. In this episode of ChemMatters, find out about the scientific techniques, many based on chemistry, used to examine paintings at the molecular level and determine whether they are fakes or the “real deal.” 

National Chemistry Week: Behind the Scenes with Chemistry




Episode 3 – Artificial Skin

Episode 4 – Explosions


The Chemistry of Sourdough

Our team visited the renowned Boudin Bakery in San Francisco to get the low-down on the chemistry behind Sourdough Bread.

The Chemistry of Sourdough from ACS Pressroom on Vimeo.


ChemMatters: NUTRITION 2nd DRAFT - Old Template (Non-multiple Choice)

Please Note that the Upgraded Quiz will include the Multiple Choice answer features, which will allow users to select more than one answer per question, in order to get to the "right answer" / "wrong answer" screen.



ChemMatters Quiz....

test type alpha B;


Tic - Tac - Toe Molecule game...

This game illustrates the exact copy of the code used to create the ChemMatters game.
test type alpha D;


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