43 episodes

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

Chemistry For Your Life Melissa and Jam

    • Chemistry

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

    Is there a helium shortage?

    Is there a helium shortage?

    Helium is all fun and games right? High voice, super funny, no worries right? Or is there a serious shortage of helium? This week, Melissa and Jam answer this question. But we can't stop there. This is part one of two episodes about helium.

    • 38 min
    Why does orange juice taste bad after you brush your teeth?

    Why does orange juice taste bad after you brush your teeth?

    It's the lesson we've all had to learn the hard way. The pain our mouths feel when we take a treacherous swig of the post-brush poison. This week, Melissa and Jam delve into all of our childhoods to figure out the chemistry of this infamous mixture. Why does it taste so bad? Who's fault is it, the toothpaste or the orange juice? Also while we're at it, why is it called toothpaste? Nevermind, I'm not sure we'll be able to get to the bottom of that part.

    • 27 min
    How does soap kill COVID-19?

    How does soap kill COVID-19?

    Ok so we've known for awhile how soap works in a general use sense, like how it cleans dishes (see episode 1). But these weird times call for a deeper look at soap. How can it kill a virus? Or more importantly, how can it kill a little, wretched, mischievous virus like COVID-19? Like really, how? How is it that we can use soap to both get spaghetti sauce off a plate, and kill a dangerous virus? We're always told to wash our hands well, and that it's important, but if you think about it for a second, it's crazy that we put something on our hands, and rub them together under water, and then we're good to go. Right? Let's get into it.

    • 34 min
    Why do apples turn brown when you cut them?

    Why do apples turn brown when you cut them?

    Do you like apples? Ever wonder why they turn brown when you cut them? This week, Melissa and Jam explore this very question. What's going on in these apples? Where does the brown come from? Is it a good or bad thing? Does it taste different? Is the brown actually apple tears from the pain of being cut?

    • 27 min
    Bonus: Methane doesn't have a smell (and other questions)?

    Bonus: Methane doesn't have a smell (and other questions)?

    In his month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about methane, bad smells, bleach, computers seeing colors, crystal formation, and more!.

    • 24 min
    Why is the sky blue but sunsets aren’t?

    Why is the sky blue but sunsets aren’t?

    This week, Melissa and Jam explore the oldest question in the book. But we're not going to answer it. Just kidding. Why the HECK is the sky blue? And also why are there times that it isn't? Sunrise? Sunset? Nightime? Sky, what are your mysteries? Tell us your secrets. Hide not your face from me.

    • 35 min

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