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Stereo Chemistry is C&EN's podcast that delivers chemistry's frontiers to your ears. C&EN is the news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

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Stereo Chemistry is C&EN's podcast that delivers chemistry's frontiers to your ears. C&EN is the news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

    Ep. 30: The chemical culprit in 2019's mysterious vaping illnesses—what we still don't know

    Ep. 30: The chemical culprit in 2019's mysterious vaping illnesses—what we still don't know

    In the summer of 2019, clusters of patients began appearing in emergency rooms throughout the US with a mysterious lung disease. Investigators linked the illnesses to patients’ use of vaping products, and the cutting agent vitamin E acetate emerged as chief suspect. But many questions remain about how vitamin E acetate could have caused those injuries and whether it was acting alone. Stereo Chemistry sifts through the complicated chemistry of vaping and explores new evidence in the investigation.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 29: This virus is here now, it's going to stay with us

    Ep. 29: This virus is here now, it's going to stay with us

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, so does the effort to treat and vaccinate against the novel coronavirus that causes the disease. Around the world, scientists are working on different therapies that they hope will quell the loss of life during this pandemic while, at the same time, setting us up to prevent future outbreaks. What’s not clear is which, if any, of these treatments will work. Much about SARS-CoV-2 remains unknown. In this episode, we dig into the efforts to beat the novel coronavirus.

    • 35 min
    Bonus episode: That just isn’t how you land on the moon without crashing

    Bonus episode: That just isn’t how you land on the moon without crashing

    Fifty years ago this week, an explosion on the Apollo 13 moon mission stranded three astronauts hundreds of thousands of miles from home. You probably know that Fred Haise, Jim Lovell, and Jack Swigert made it home safely (water landing shown, with two of the astronauts in white). You may not know the chemist behind the rocket engine that saved them, which began its life as an apparatus for measuring chemical reaction rates. This bonus episode of Stereo Chemistry tells the story of the engine’s design with help from two of the people who created it. Listen now to a tale that starts with an explosion and ends with SpaceX’s pioneering reusable rockets, with one small step for a man along the way.

    CORRECTION: This episode was updated on April 15 to reflect that Fred Haise, not Ken Mattingly, flew aboard Apollo 13. 

    On April 22, this podcast description was also corrected to reflect Haise's role and clarify that the photo shows only two of the astronauts.

    To learn more about the chemistry of rocket fuel, check out Ep. 23 of Stereo Chemistry: https://cen.acs.org/physical-chemistry/astrochemistry/Podcast-rocket-chemistry-blasted-off/97/i42
    Image credit: NASA

    • 14 min
    Ep. 28: So that's why we threw a robot into the back of a truck

    Ep. 28: So that's why we threw a robot into the back of a truck

    Chemistry is going the way of computing: It’s getting smaller and faster. High-throughput experimentation, or HTE, is part of this push. Borrowing from biologists and biochemists, HTE has brought in microplates and multichannel pipettes to miniaturize reactions, as well as robots to run those reactions rapidly without sacrificing precision. But it’s also been around for decades. So why are so many in the field excited about HTE right now? Stereo Chemistry has your answers.

    • 35 min
    Bonus episode: We’re watching it very closely

    Bonus episode: We’re watching it very closely

    As the novel coronavirus responsible for causing COVID-19 continues to spread, questions about the virus, the disease, and its impacts on our daily lives mount. To help you stay current with the science, policy, and business implications of this outbreak, C&EN has made all of its coronavirus coverage freely available at cenm.ag/coronavirus. In our latest bonus episode, we discuss one of the largest questions on the business front: How is the coronavirus affecting the global drug supply?

    • 14 min
    Bonus episode: We saw a lot of that scientific sage savior syndrome

    Bonus episode: We saw a lot of that scientific sage savior syndrome

    Stereo Chemistry talked with six chemists who spent a year in Washington on a policy fellowship to find out what they learned and what advice they would give to other scientists who are interested in science policy. 

    • 14 min

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