Cartoon Chemistry!

Are bananas actually that slippery? Could spinach give you superhuman strength? And what the heck is Toon Acid? This week, watch some cartoons alongside our writer and host, Sam Jones, and learn whether their chemistry checks out.


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Producer: Andrew Sobey
Writer: Samantha Jones, Ph.D.
Scientific Consultants: Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D. Michael Swain, Ph.D., Leila Duman, Ph.D. Brianne Raccor, Ph.D.

Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson

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Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others’ butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it’s OK to pee in the pool? We’ve got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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