How to Speak Chemistrian: Crash Course Chemistry #11

Imagine you wake up one morning, and you’re under a tree, and you don’t recognize anything. You’re surrounded by low, grassy hills. It’s raining a bit and smells like waffles and potatoes. As you rub the sleep from your eyes, you notice a woman, and she’s like “Qu’est-ce que tu fais dans la pluie?” and […]

Why is Carbon the Key to Life? (On Earth, Anyway)

No matter how green, how furry, how small, how big, or how weird, all known life forms are based on the chemistry of one element: carbon. But why carbon? And if we look out to the stars,, could there be a fundamentally different kind of life out there? Questions like these are really hard to […]

Smart Alex – Amino Acids and Valency of Elements

Two carbon atoms, two oxygen atoms, one nitrogen atom and four hydrogen atoms. Vinegar All the bonds are used up That’s what amino acid is made of The number of bonds that an atom can make is called it’s valency Hydrogen has a valency of one Oxygen two Nitrogen three and carbon four bonds with […]

Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles

Captions are on! Turn off by clicking CC button at bottom right. Follow us on Twitter (@AmoebaSisters) and Facebook! So last weekend, my family bought something pretty cool. Something we’re sure you’ve always wanted. No, it’s not a pony. It’s a rotating compost bin! Yeah! It’s for compost and it rotates. Which is going to […]