199 episodes

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.

Chemistry For Your Life Melissa and Jam

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 182 Ratings

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.

    Bonus: How much does a polar bear weigh? (and other questions)

    Bonus: How much does a polar bear weigh? (and other questions)

    In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam do something a little different. Because they're needing to record quite a bit ahead of time, this Q&R couldn't be about episodes that haven't come out yet, so they recorded a long-awaited sequel to their ice-breaker questions episode from last year.

    • 37 min
    Why does ice float on water?

    Why does ice float on water?

    Ice is water right? It's just that it's solid. So why does it float in liquid water? And also why does water expand when it freezes, when typically things contract when they freeze? These are things we are used to observing daily, but they actually are a little strange, and we bet the answer will surprise you.

    • 44 min
    What is sea level rise? (with Dr. Renee Collini)

    What is sea level rise? (with Dr. Renee Collini)

    This week, Melissa, Jam, and very special guest Renee Collini (Melissa's sister and climate scientist) delve into the important topic of sea-level rise. What causes it to rise? What affect will it have on the world? How should we feel about it? Is there anything us regular folk can do?

    • 37 min
    What is the chemistry of volcanoes?

    What is the chemistry of volcanoes?

    The crazy, insane, scary, fascinating world of volcanoes is fully of chemistry! What is lava/magma? Why do some volcanoes ooze and others erupt? What causes the magma to start rising to the surface? Let's get into this hot topic?

    • 48 min
    Why are sand and water different temperatures at the beach?

    Why are sand and water different temperatures at the beach?

    Many of us have been in a situation where we are near a body of water (lake, ocean, pool etc), and you may have noticed that no matter what the temperature is outside, the water and the land can feel like super different temperatures, like the sand being hot and the ocean being cold. Why is that? Well it's because of something called specific heat, and we're going to talk about it right now.

    • 17 min
    What is wind?

    What is wind?

    Wind is everywhere, we've all experienced it: soft breezes, strong gusts, cold fronts, warm fronts. But what is wind? What starts it? Where does it come from, and where does it go? And who am I to blow against the wind?

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

A Illig ,

This is how science should always be taught!

I absolutely love this podcast. Melissa & Jam make chemistry fun - as it should be! I binge-listen to this podcast while working from home and genuinely feel like I have learned more about the world around me as a result. You can tell that Melissa puts careful preparation into her content, and she has a way of communicating difficult concepts in a way that is easy to comprehend - which is hard to do without visual aids (especially with chemistry). And the dynamic with Jam is so fun. He makes the show so light and fun and is such a relatable layperson for Melissa to bounce ideas off of. I don’t know these hosts personally, but at this point I feel like I do and I have so much respect for them. This show is perfect for those who love science AND those who don’t!

BluedragonOne ,

Master?

Lost a listener. Sorry. A master bedroom is just that. The biggest bedroom. Sorry society forced you to spilt hairs.

endrne ,

love this!

I love the well delivered, conversation but informative style of this podcast! A must-listen for anyone interested in chemistry (like me) or anyone curious about the world (also me). Keep up the good work!

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