Norway
Media

Podcasts

In these entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter answers questions on Chemistry in our everyday life.

citric.png

Why do you wince when you bite into a lemon?

fungicide.png

What are fungicides?

glass-mirror.png

Why does a mirror grow dark?

engine-coolant.png

How do engine coolants work?

artificial-rain.png

How is artificial rain produced?

sparkler.png

How does a sparkler work?

non-alcoholic-beer.png

How do you brew non-alcoholic beer?

water-hardness.png

What does it mean when people talk about "hard water"?

artificial-sweetener.png

What's the difference between sugar and artificial sweetener?

non-stick-surface.png

How does the non-stick surface in a pan work?

perm.png

What is the chemistry behind a permanent wave hairstyle?

fluoride.png

Why does fluoride make your teeth hard?

potatoes-eggs.png

Why do potatoes get softer when you cook them, while eggs get harder?

alcohol.png

What’s the significance of that percentage number on the label of a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage?

carbon-dioxide.png

What is carbon dioxide?

radiocarbon-dating-method.png

What is the radiocarbon dating method?

oligodynamic.png

Why does silver inhibit bacterial growth?

sponge.png

What are sponges made of?

cream.png

Why does cream turn to whipped cream when you whip it?

asparagus.png

Why does your urine smell so different after you`ve eaten asparagus?

cherries.png

Why do cherries burst when it rains?

caffeine.png

Why does caffeine have a stimulating effect?

indigoblue.png

What makes blue-jeans blue?

ketchup.png

Why is it sometimes so hard to get ketchup out of the bottle?

milk-skin.png

Why does milk form a skin on top when you cook it?

carbon.png

What´s the difference in carbon between a pencil lead and a diamond?

rubber-band.png

What gives a rubber band its elasticity?

roast.png

What happens to meat when you roast it?

spider-silk.png

What is spider silk made of?

dry-cleaning.png

What is dry-cleaning?

ice-salt.png

Why does ice melt when you sprinkle salt on it?

plasma-monitor.png

How does a plasma monitor work?

shoe-polish.png

What is shoe polish made of?

glow-stick.png

How does a glow stick work?

liquid-crystals.png

What are liquid crystals?

cling-film.png

What is cling film made of?

emulsifiers.png

What are emulsifiers?

mother-of-pearl.png

What is mother-of-pearl?

conditioner.png

How does conditioner make your hair soft?

bioplastics.png

What are bioplastics?

drain_cleaner.png

How does a drain cleaner work?

grey_hair.png

Why does hair turn grey?

sugar.png

Why is sugar sticky?

oil-water.png

Why can´t you mix oil and water?

softener.png

How does fabric softener make your laundry soft?

fertilizer.png

What does fertilizer have to do with plant growth?

bullet-proof-vest.png

What´s a bullet-proof vest made of?

garlic.png

Why do you get garlic breath?

sae-classification.png

What does the SAE classification on motor oil cans mean?

leather.png

How is leather produced?

developing-films.png

What happens to film when it is developed?

chewing-gum.png

What is chewing gum made of?

dry-ice.png

What is dry ice?

fluorescent-lamps.png

How does a fluorescent lamp work?

air-fresheners.png

How do air fresheners work?

coffee-aroma.png

Why does coffee smell so good?

tanning-cream.png

How do tanning creams make our skin turn brown?

pocket-warmer.png

How does a pocket warmer work?

match.png

What makes a match ignite?

laundry-detergent.png

What does laundry detergent consist of?

steel.png

What makes steel stainless?

toothpaste.png

How does toothpaste clean our teeth?

fireworks.png

How does fireworks function?

mirror.png

How is a mirror assembled?

highlighter-pen.png

Why is a highlighter pen fluorescent?

bananas.png

Why do bananas turn brown through cold?

baking-powder.png

Why does baking powder put out a fire?

kettle.png

Why does a kettle calcify?

deodorant.png

How does a deodorant work?

chili-pepper.png

What makes a chili pepper have a hot fiery flavor?

silver.png

Why does silver tarnish?

fall-foliage.png

Why is fall foliage so colourful?

car_ paint.png

What makes a car’s paint scratch-resistant?

hair-styling-gel.png

How does hair styling gel work?

chopping-onions.png

Why does chopping onions make us cry?

soap.png

How does soap clean our hands?

refrigerator.png

What makes a refrigerator cold?

colors.png

Why do colors fade?

octane_rating.png

What does the gasoline octane rating represent?

concrete.png

What is concrete made of?

mineral-water.png

How is mineral water carbonated?

catalytic_converter.png

How does an automotive catalytic converter work?

leather-shoes.png

How are leather shoes made rainproof?

paper.png

How is paper made tear-proof?

hair-color.png

What does actually take place when we color our hair?

battery.png

How does a battery work?

seawater.png

Why can’t we drink seawater?

laughin-gas.png

Why is laughing gas actually called laughing gas?

sunscreen-lotion.png

How does sunscreen lotion protect our skin?

formic_acid.png

Is formic acid derived from ants?

baby-diapers.png

What makes baby diapers so absorbent?

ink_eraser.png

How does an ink eraser erase ink?

lipstick.png

What makes lipstick kiss-proof?

foam_lather.png

Why does foam lather?

natural-gas.png

Why does natural gas have an odor?

fireflies.png

Why do fireflies glow?

glass.png

Why is glass transparent?

solar_panel.png

How do solar panels work?

glue stick.png

Why does glue stick?

non_iron_shirt.png

What makes a non-iron shirt wrinkle free?