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Fall Mini 03 - How chemistry revolutionized baking (For Melissa)

Thu, 21 Oct 2021

#118

Are you an avid baker? Melissa's baking discovery may be as revolutionary for you as it was for her.

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Fall Mini 02 - The biochemistry of sugar?

Thu, 14 Oct 2021

#116

Let's hear more about sugar from the perspective of biochemist, Caibe Alves.

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Fall Mini 01 - Vanilla and beaver butts?

Thu, 07 Oct 2021

#116

Does vanilla come from beaver butts?

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What is vanilla? (and imitation vanilla?)

Thu, 30 Sep 2021

#115

Well we've all had vanilla. And if you have a tongue then you probably like it. But the question we've all wondered each time we're baking something is probably something like, "what is imitation vanilla?" and "how do they make it?" and "how is it so much cheaper?" and "do you think anyone would notice if I use it instead?" Let's look into it.

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References from this episode


  1. https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i36/problem-vanilla.html

  2. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/v/vanillin.html

  3. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja02025a019

  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ja02025a019

  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01344

  6. https://youtu.be/9Cw6FEaQz4o



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How do Tums make us feel better? (And why do they make us burp?)

Thu, 23 Sep 2021

#114

Tums, alka seltzer, and other antacids: they're simple, they've been around for a long time, but they're a tried and true method for helping our stomachs. But how do they work? What's the chemistry behind these unsung heroes?

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References from this episode


  1. Chemistry Julia Burdge 

  2. Biochemistry 4th edition by Garret & Grisham

  3. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-carbonation-time/

  4. http://websites.umich.edu/~chemstu/content_weeks/F_06_Week10/p848.pdf

  5. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/celebrating-chemistry-editions/2021-ncw/fizz-race.html

  6. https://youtu.be/7VJ4cRWCpDw?t=1s



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