How Pee Brought You The Modern World

This week, Reactions looks at the reasons why pee was once the “number one” material in chemistry. You might not believe it, but there was a time when urine, yes urine, was prized by chemists. Pee played a part in some of the most significant discoveries in science, and it helped shape the modern world.

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Music by
mdeman – Cadillac Candy
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Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kirk Zamieroski

Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Silver Mirror On Glass –

On Pee and Alchemy –

Elemental Discovery Timeline –

The 13th Element –

Read “Quicksilver” by Neal Stephenson for a fictional account of alchemists mucking about with phosphorus and other elements:

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