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4 Levels of Spaghetti & Meatballs: Amateur to Food Scientist

We challenged chefs of three different levels - an amateur, a home cook and a professional chef - to make their versions of spaghetti & meatballs. And then we brought in a food scientist to review their work. What...

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames captures some extraordinary-looking flames, "the visible, gaseous part of a fire," in this video from Yan Liang's Envisioning Chemistry science and art series. The flames were created by Professor...

Airglow & the secrets behind Earth’s colorful ionosphere

What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with the beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot -- Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, within the ne...

What is fire? Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas?

Sitting around a campfire, you can feel its heat, smell the woody smoke, and hear it crackle. If you get too close, it burns your eyes and stings your nostrils. You could stare at the bright flames forever as they twi...

Melting a metal alloy spoon in some tea

Imagine stirring your tea and having your spoon disappear into your tea... melting quickly away. When one of Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff's Periodic Videos viewers sent a metal alloy, Field's Metal, to their office,...

How to make a rocket

"What's the best scientific formula for a powerful rocket with oxidizer and fuel?" In this video clip from Bang Goes The Theory Series 5, via BBC Earth Lab, we get a quick peek at the mix of chemistry and physics that...

Four levels of chocolate chip cookies: From amateur to food scientist

Learn a few professional tips of what to do (and maybe what not to do) when baking this classic: Chocolate chip cookies. Amateur baker Alina, home cook Lorenzo, and Penny, a professional chef, demonstrate how they mak...

What happens to balloon animals in liquid nitrogen?

How can you fit a bunch of balloon animals into a small container? Add some liquid nitrogen into the mix, as demonstrated in this video by Real Physics Live, the YouTube channel for Texas A&M University's Department o...

Use a 9-volt battery to break water into its elemental components

In the 1987 miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know, Philip Morrison proves that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen (H) atoms & one oxygen (O) atom with a simple demonstration....

Creating wood ash cement from scratch, an experiment

How do you make a cement-like building material that won't dissolve in water? From scratch? In this Primitive Technology video, an experimental cement is made from crushed terracotta and refired wood ash that was burn...

Pyrotechnics pro Jim Souza explains the art of a massive fireworks show

How do pyrotechnics experts stage professional fireworks shows for holidays and events like the Macy's July 4th Spectacular and both the 100th and 125th anniversaries of the Statue of Liberty? In this Wired video, fou...

The Science Of Firework Color

Sodium in yellow bursts, strontium in red, calcium gives us orange, barium for green, and copper for blue hues... and there are more where those came from. The science of firework color, as explained above by SkunkBea...

How bubble engineer Melody Yang makes mind-blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles might seem pretty simple, but when you've spent a lifetime studying the science and behavior of bubbles, setting world records and creating them for audiences around the world, bubble engineering can b...

Making ice cream with Liquid Nitrogen and Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a lecturer and the Director of Demonstrations and Outreach at The University of Texas in Austin, and an internet famous chemist who creates impressive explosions for students all across Texas. In...

Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

Learning from leaves: Going green with artificial photosynthesis

Releasing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels, isn't a good thing. But what if leaves can provide some ideas for how we can turn this 'nuisance gas' into useful chemicals...

How To Capture A Scent, an easy science experiment

If you've ever wanted to capture your favorite smell—a rose, cinnamon, a pine tree, a campfire—this easy experiment might be able to help. From Science Friday: Aha! Here's how to capture a scent. With the help of some...

Making lime with Primitive Technology

Making use of the unoccupied shells of native rainforest snails around his original land, Primitive Technology makes lime mortar by firing them in his pottery kiln, slaking the calcined shells with water so that they ...

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