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This free monthly podcast is offered by Clinical Chemistry. Clinical Chemistry is the leading forum for peer-reviewed, original research on innovative practices in today's clinical laboratory. In addition to being the most cited journal in the field, Clinical Chemistry has the highest Impact Factor (7.292 in 2019) among journals of clinical chemistry, clinical (or anatomic) pathology, analytical chemistry, and the subspecialties, such as transfusion medicine and clinical microbiology.
 
Helping you understand chemistry topics from A-Level and Advanced Higher. If you want to demystify chemistry, yearn for a simpler explanation and want to hear all the tips that will help you at exam time you're at the right place. I'm a chemistry tutor who is used to explaining chemistry in simpler terms, and I love to use an analogy to help with the understanding. Each episode tackles a topic, explaining it as simply as possible - well it is chemistry! The end of episode summary will make s ...
 
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This bonus episode gives you five things to look for to help you identify whether an acid is a weak acid. Your exam question is unlikely to spell that out for you. Very unlikely indeed. Here are the simple things to look for that will put you one step ahead of the examiner! Suggested listening: Episode 9 which introduces the difference between a st…
 
#094 - Chocolate Part 3 of 3 Now it's time to dive into one of chocolate's biggest mysteries. Which, depending on where you live, has been something you've wondered for a long time, or you've never even known it was a mystery. Why is chocolate different in the United States? Is it on purpose? If so why? Is there a benefit? Is it because companies i…
 
Nick talks to biological anthropologist and cognitive scientist, Terrence Deacon. The conversation focuses on ideas from Terrence's book, "The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain." They spend nearly three hours talking about the origins of language. Topics include: what is language and how does it differ from animal communi…
 
We might like to think that science is purely objective, driven only by scientific principles and free of social disturbances — but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this episode, we read Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s debut The Disordered Cosmos, a book exposing how racism and sexism persist across all scientific disciplines. Part introducti…
 
Toxic elements like lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium in food are not a new problem. But when they show up in pureed vegetables and other foods intended for babies, alarm bells go off. That’s what happened in recent months following a bombshell congressional report that found neurotoxic metals in baby food from multiple manufacturers. In this epi…
 
Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 12 Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine chocolate and gum. Yep, you read that right. And yes, it's a little gross. Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help keep our show going AND free. How to start a podc…
 
Read the full show notes In this episode we simplify: What is the acid dissociation constant, Ka Calculating pH from the H+ concentration Calculating the H+ concentration from pH Calculate acid concentration [HA] for a weak acid Calculate the acid dissociation constant, Ka It's really not as difficult as it seems. Listen in and get chemistry confid…
 
Nick talks to Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist studying medical cannabis, CBD, and opioid addiction. Dr. Hurd is investigating the ability of CBD to help treat withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse in opioid-addicted individuals. Learn more about our podcast sponsor, Dosist: https://dosist.com/ Join the Good Chemistry community & connect with Ni…
 
#093 - Chocolate Part 2 of 3 You know how when you were a kid, you'd sometimes find some old, forgotten halloween chocolate? But the chocolate would look a little white, and if you risked eating it, it would taste weird? Well we're not ashamed to say we've experienced this even as adults, but this time we're taking a close look at this strange myst…
 
Bonus Episode: Question and Response 19 In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about leaves, labs you can do at home, electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions, pancakes, easter candy, and more! Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help keep our show going AND free. Want to start your own podcast? Use Tran…
 
Nick talks to genetic engineer Alina Chan, PhD. She is working on engineering new forms of gene therapy using viral vectors to target diverse patient populations. In addition to her core scientific focus, Alina has recently investigated genomic data related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID19 pandemic. They discuss the basics of vi…
 
#091 - Chocolate Part 1 of 3 Well you've probably never heard of chocolate, and you've almost certainly never eaten it. But if you had you might wonder, what the heck is this? How do they make it? And why does it taste so gosh darn good? Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help keep our show going AND free. How to start a podcast.
 
Nick talks to Dr. Michael Eisen, a biologist at UC-Berkeley and editor-in-chief for eLife, a non-profit open access science journal. Throughout his career, Dr. Eisen has been an advocate of open science, the free release of the results of scientific research, and has been critical of traditional forms of scientific publishing, which often place sci…
 
#090 It's of the most puzzling (and heartbreaking) mysteries. Why does cilantro taste so good to some of us, but taste so bad to others of us? Is it in our heads? Or is there a chemical explanation for it? If so, what is it? And can it be fixed? Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help keep our show going AND free. How to start a podcast.
 
Nick talks to Dr. Bob Stickgold, a cognitive neuroscientist and sleep expert. Dr. Stickgold is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has been studying sleep, dreams, and memory for over 25 years. They discuss a variety of sleep topics, included sleep architecture and why there are different stages of sleep; the relationship betwee…
 
This bonus episode is a lecture given by mushroom expert Dr. Michael Beug (probably from the 1980s). Professor Beug describes the results of his work analyzing the chemical contents of various psilocybin-containing ("magic") mushrooms native to the Pascific Northwest. You'll learn some interesting observations about different Psilocybe mushrooms, i…
 
In this episode we consider how to quantify the position of equilibrium using the equilibrium constant Kc. We also talk through which changes of conditions cause a change in Kc value, and which don't. This will be something that will come up in your exams! You can read the article that accompanies the episode here.…
 
Bonus Episode: Chemistry at Home 11 Here's another bonus episode dedicated to teaching a specific chemistry experiment you can do at home. This month, we see what happens when we combine crayons, paper, and water. Do you like and want more of these? Is there a way we could make them better? Let us know! Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help keep o…
 
Dr. Ziva Cooper, Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, discusses the latest medical cannabis research. She goes into everything from the potential interactive of effects of cannabinoids and terpenes, to the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD), to sex- and age-dependent differences in how cannabinoids affect the body. Download Good Chemistry …
 
#088 Remember those markers that would *magically* change colors when you marked over them with the right marker? Well while it seems very magical, it's actually chemistry! What a surprise. So how does it work? What's going on at the molecular level? Is it still as cool as it seemed when we were kids? Yes. Like the show? Buy us a coffee to help kee…
 
Living longer has been a human obsession for centuries, but while medical science has helped extend average life span, not all those extra years can be healthy. It turns out that aging is a major risk factor for disease. Follow along as host Kerri Jansen and reporter Laura Howes ask if instead of extending life span, we could extend health span and…
 
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