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From antibiotic resistance to Roaring Twenties poisonings to decomposing corpses, you can find chemistry—and a good story—anywhere. Each month, American Chemical Society writer and host, Samantha Jones, PhD, takes on a chemistry tale you didn't know you needed to know about.

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The American Chamber of Horrors | Orbitals 306

Imagine buying mascara that makes you go blind, or picking up hair removal cream that causes your teeth to fall out. Before 1938 products like these were all over the place. Legally. The American Chamber of Horrors was a traveling exhibit, created by the FDA, that exposed these atrocities, and it helped push forward a law that changed consumer protection in the United States forever. Want to know more?: https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/histories-product-regulation/american-chamber-horrors

16 min3 w ago
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The American Chamber of Horrors | Orbitals 306

Coronavirus Drugs: Where Are We and What's Next? | BONUS episode

Antiviral drugs could help us fight the new coronavirus, but we don’t currently have a highly potent and effective antiviral that cures COVID-19. Why not? We called a few virologists to find out.

7 minJUL 23
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Coronavirus Drugs: Where Are We and What's Next? | BONUS episode

Could a Polio Vaccine End This Pandemic? | BONUS episode

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists considering a few less-conventional options while vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are being developed. One option might be the oral polio vaccine. We chatted with one of the researchers proposing the idea—Dr. Robert Gallo—to understand why a vaccine that hasn’t been used in the US for two decades might provide short-term protection against this coronavirus.

5 minJUL 9
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Could a Polio Vaccine End This Pandemic? | BONUS episode

What's In the Stuff We Put In Us and On Us?: Ingredients with George Zaidan | Orbitals 305

We’re each a big mush of chemicals surrounded by chemicals, and figuring out which of these chemicals are helpful, versus harmful, is complicated. Our executive producer, George Zaidan, takes on that challenge in his new book Ingredients: The strange chemistry of what we put in us and on us. I chat with him about some of what he found, and how he found it. Ingredients is on bookstore shelves now: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599202/ingredients-by-george-zaidan/

17 minJUN 27
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What's In the Stuff We Put In Us and On Us?: Ingredients with George Zaidan | Orbitals 305

Cause of Death: Poisons Pt. 2 | Orbitals 304

Forensic toxicologists are frequently portrayed in shows like CSI and Bones, but what do they actually do? In this episode our writer and host, Samantha Jones, PhD, chats with seasoned forensic toxicologist Robert Middleberg, PhD, as he recounts a case that has stayed with him for decades.

15 minMAY 29
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Cause of Death: Poisons Pt. 2 | Orbitals 304

Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next? | BONUS episode

A potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 went into Phase I clinical trials in Seattle mid-March. So what exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine? To answer those questions I chatted with Dr. Benjamin Neuman, one of the world’s experts on coronaviruses, and Daniel Wrapp, one of the scientists who mapped the structure of the protein this virus uses to infect your cells.

6 minAPR 9
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Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next? | BONUS episode

Brief Hiatus and...Wash Your Hands | Orbitals 303

Right now our team’s focus has shifted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ACS and PBS Digital Studios series, Reactions, has become the priority and will be our way of getting coronavirus and COVID-19-related content out to the public. You can find our latest videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2pMVimI2bw&t= And follow us on social media: Twitter https://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/?hl=en Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ACSReactions/

6 minMAR 24
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Brief Hiatus and...Wash Your Hands | Orbitals 303

The Rise of Forensic Toxicology: Poisons Pt. 1 | Orbitals 302

Early-1900s New York City was a place of utter chaos—a place where poisoners reigned supreme. That is, until a unique duo stepped in and started to win the long-fought battle between scientists and poisoners, creating the field of forensic toxicology in the process. This episode, we'll dive into the history of poisoning, and stories that defined the Roaring Twenties.

21 minFEB 24
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The Rise of Forensic Toxicology: Poisons Pt. 1 | Orbitals 302

Sabotaging the Nazi Atomic Bomb: Chat with Author Sam Kean | Orbitals 301

This week we chat with DC-based author Sam Kean about his most recent work: The Bastard Brigade, a book about a group of scientists and military commanders during World War II who were trying to stop the Nazis from creating an atomic bomb. In this episode, get ready to hear about some eccentric characters, sabotage, and--of course--chemistry.

18 minJAN 18
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Sabotaging the Nazi Atomic Bomb: Chat with Author Sam Kean | Orbitals 301

Parasite Seeking Host: The Nose Knows | Orbitals 206

The parasitic roundworm Strongyloides stercoralis crawls through contaminated soil in search of one thing – human flesh. Often no more than a millimeter in size, it’s currently estimated to be hanging out in the intestines of over 300 million people worldwide. How it finds us has a lot to do with the chemicals we’re giving off.

12 min2019 DEC 16
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Parasite Seeking Host: The Nose Knows | Orbitals 206

Latest Episodes

The American Chamber of Horrors | Orbitals 306

Imagine buying mascara that makes you go blind, or picking up hair removal cream that causes your teeth to fall out. Before 1938 products like these were all over the place. Legally. The American Chamber of Horrors was a traveling exhibit, created by the FDA, that exposed these atrocities, and it helped push forward a law that changed consumer protection in the United States forever. Want to know more?: https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/histories-product-regulation/american-chamber-horrors

16 min3 w ago
Comments
The American Chamber of Horrors | Orbitals 306

Coronavirus Drugs: Where Are We and What's Next? | BONUS episode

Antiviral drugs could help us fight the new coronavirus, but we don’t currently have a highly potent and effective antiviral that cures COVID-19. Why not? We called a few virologists to find out.

7 minJUL 23
Comments
Coronavirus Drugs: Where Are We and What's Next? | BONUS episode

Could a Polio Vaccine End This Pandemic? | BONUS episode

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists considering a few less-conventional options while vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are being developed. One option might be the oral polio vaccine. We chatted with one of the researchers proposing the idea—Dr. Robert Gallo—to understand why a vaccine that hasn’t been used in the US for two decades might provide short-term protection against this coronavirus.

5 minJUL 9
Comments
Could a Polio Vaccine End This Pandemic? | BONUS episode

What's In the Stuff We Put In Us and On Us?: Ingredients with George Zaidan | Orbitals 305

We’re each a big mush of chemicals surrounded by chemicals, and figuring out which of these chemicals are helpful, versus harmful, is complicated. Our executive producer, George Zaidan, takes on that challenge in his new book Ingredients: The strange chemistry of what we put in us and on us. I chat with him about some of what he found, and how he found it. Ingredients is on bookstore shelves now: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599202/ingredients-by-george-zaidan/

17 minJUN 27
Comments
What's In the Stuff We Put In Us and On Us?: Ingredients with George Zaidan | Orbitals 305

Cause of Death: Poisons Pt. 2 | Orbitals 304

Forensic toxicologists are frequently portrayed in shows like CSI and Bones, but what do they actually do? In this episode our writer and host, Samantha Jones, PhD, chats with seasoned forensic toxicologist Robert Middleberg, PhD, as he recounts a case that has stayed with him for decades.

15 minMAY 29
Comments
Cause of Death: Poisons Pt. 2 | Orbitals 304

Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next? | BONUS episode

A potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 went into Phase I clinical trials in Seattle mid-March. So what exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine? To answer those questions I chatted with Dr. Benjamin Neuman, one of the world’s experts on coronaviruses, and Daniel Wrapp, one of the scientists who mapped the structure of the protein this virus uses to infect your cells.

6 minAPR 9
Comments
Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next? | BONUS episode

Brief Hiatus and...Wash Your Hands | Orbitals 303

Right now our team’s focus has shifted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ACS and PBS Digital Studios series, Reactions, has become the priority and will be our way of getting coronavirus and COVID-19-related content out to the public. You can find our latest videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2pMVimI2bw&t= And follow us on social media: Twitter https://twitter.com/ACSReactions Instagram https://www.instagram.com/acsreactions/?hl=en Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ACSReactions/

6 minMAR 24
Comments
Brief Hiatus and...Wash Your Hands | Orbitals 303

The Rise of Forensic Toxicology: Poisons Pt. 1 | Orbitals 302

Early-1900s New York City was a place of utter chaos—a place where poisoners reigned supreme. That is, until a unique duo stepped in and started to win the long-fought battle between scientists and poisoners, creating the field of forensic toxicology in the process. This episode, we'll dive into the history of poisoning, and stories that defined the Roaring Twenties.

21 minFEB 24
Comments
The Rise of Forensic Toxicology: Poisons Pt. 1 | Orbitals 302

Sabotaging the Nazi Atomic Bomb: Chat with Author Sam Kean | Orbitals 301

This week we chat with DC-based author Sam Kean about his most recent work: The Bastard Brigade, a book about a group of scientists and military commanders during World War II who were trying to stop the Nazis from creating an atomic bomb. In this episode, get ready to hear about some eccentric characters, sabotage, and--of course--chemistry.

18 minJAN 18
Comments
Sabotaging the Nazi Atomic Bomb: Chat with Author Sam Kean | Orbitals 301

Parasite Seeking Host: The Nose Knows | Orbitals 206

The parasitic roundworm Strongyloides stercoralis crawls through contaminated soil in search of one thing – human flesh. Often no more than a millimeter in size, it’s currently estimated to be hanging out in the intestines of over 300 million people worldwide. How it finds us has a lot to do with the chemicals we’re giving off.

12 min2019 DEC 16
Comments
Parasite Seeking Host: The Nose Knows | Orbitals 206
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