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Summary: Perfect for science teachers, parents and kids with big curiosities, Bytesize Science is an educational, entertaining podcast for young listeners from the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. Available every Wednesday morning, it translates scientific discoveries from ACS’ 36 journals into intriguing stories for kids of all ages about science, medicine, energy, food and much more.


  Milk Vs. Dark Chocolate: The Ultimate Showdown | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Valentines Day's here, and for all you chocolate lovers out there, we put dark and milk chocolate together in an end all be all faceoff. Which of these deliciously and potentially healthful treats will come out as the greatest? Only the chemistry thunder dome will tell...

 What is Your Snot Saying? | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

It’s peak cold and flu season, and mucus is making many of our lives miserable. But despite being a little icky, phlegm gets a bad rap. This germ-fighting goo contains cells and chemical compounds that help us power through a cold. You can also think of mucus as a traffic light for your health — what turns up in our used tissues can be a useful clue about the inner workings of our immune systems.

 The Universe in a Cup of Coffee | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Reactions is joining PBS Digital Studios! Woohoo! To celebrate, we're doing a deep dive on the surprisingly complex and beautiful chemistry behind our favorite morning beverage: coffee. The chemistry of the universe is, in a way, in your morning cup of coffee — from the evolution of caffeine as a defensive chemical weapon in plants to the swirling eddies of milk and coffee fueled by diffusion, Brownian motion and other phenomena. After watching the video, you’ll never look at coffee the same way again.

  What Might Trump Mean for Chemistry? — Speaking of Chemistry | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

As Donald Trump becomes president, huge questions remain about his policies affecting the central science. So we’ve started looking for answers. While presidents tweet, money talks. In this episode, we look how Trump’s economic stances could affect the dollars and cents of chemistry. Huge thanks to Kevin Trenberth and Cal Dooley for their help with this video.

 The Legal Battle over CRISPR — Speaking of Chemistry | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

CRISPR/Cas9 is making gene-editing cheaper and easier than ever before, but the creators are embroiled in a fierce dispute over who holds the patents to CRISPR technology. We went to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get the lowdown on this dispute and in this episode, after hearing attorneys duke it out, Ryan Cross explains how the kerfuffle developed, and what the possible outcomes of the impending decision mean.

 How Does Alcohol Get You Drunk? | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

It’s almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year’s celebrations include alcohol, Reactions’ latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects – drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.

 The Cold Truth About Fat | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

With the feasts and festivities of the holidays in full swing, we'll be kissing the passing year goodbye, but not without the addition of a couple extra pounds as a souvenir. Lucky for you, the winter also brings something that might actually help you lose that 2015 souvenir of yours: freezing cold weather. Today we're talking fat, and whether or not the shivering cold can help you shed a couple extra pounds.

 Let's Settle This! How to Care for Cast-Iron | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Cast-Iron skillets are one of the kitchen's ultimate multitools with some big time advantages over your everyday, stock aluminum pan. Today we're taking a look at why these pans rule, and for you kitchen know-it-alls out there, pay close attention: we're using chemistry to prove the right way to season and treat a cast-iron skillet. Check out the Food Lab! -

 Are We Running Out of Vanilla? — Speaking of Chemistry | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Vanilla is so common, some people use it as a dis. But watch out. This beloved bean may become a rarity.

 How to Get Rid of Beer Foam Fast | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

So say you pour a beer but it’s all foam. Do you wait? Try to drink through it? Grab a straw. Just kidding. There is a better way. Find something oily like a french fry or a slice of pizza. Even your oily nose will work in a pinch. Get a dab of grease on your finger and swirl it through the foam and watch those bubbles disappear. Why? Well, you'll just have to watch the video, won't you!

  Can You Taste Garlic... With Your FEET!? (Weird Food Tricks #2) | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Chemistry can do some wild tricks with food, letting you taste in a new way. Literally, in some cases. If you stick your foot in a bag filled with garlic cloves and rub them on the bottom of your foot, you will actually be able to taste garlic! It’s not because you have secret garlic taste buds on your feet. It’s because the molecules responsible for garlic’s smell (allicin) can penetrate your skin, get into your blood and travel to your mouth and nose, where you suddenly start to sense the taste of garlic.

  Gum + Chocolate = ????? (Weird Food Tricks #1) | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Have you ever needed to get rid of some chewing gum quickly but spitting it out would cause a scene? Not sure you wanna swallow the whole wad? Chemistry’s got your back. Find out why chocolate makes gum... DISAPPEAR! Stay tuned for our next food tricks video -- we're posting another one on Monday, and then a third one on Tuesday!

  Can I Still Eat This? | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

An estimated 133 billion pounds of food gets thrown into the trash every year in the United States, so understanding when your food goes bad is important to help reduce waste. Unfortunately, consumers can’t just check the expiration date on the packaging, because the listed date rarely coincides with when the food actually spoils. So how can you tell if your food is still safe to eat? This week, Reactions talks food expiration-date misconceptions and gives you some guidelines to answer that age-old question: Can I still eat this?

  How to Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey (Without Burning Your House Down) instructions | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Thanksgiving's just around the corner and some of you out there are probably thinking about taking your Turkey game to the next level. But before you whip out that deep fryer, you're going to want to watch this video. Today we're bringing you the do's and don'ts of turkey frying, all the better to help you not burn your house down this year.

  What's the Deal with Acne? | File Type: audio/x-mov | Duration: 1:59

Breakouts are a pain and can happen well into your 40s. While there’s no cure to make acne instantly go away, there are a few science-backed tips you can use to help minimize the number of pimples that pop up.


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