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Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

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I’m really loving the new ‘Reactions‘ series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective science-storytelling involves a lot of creativity and style. Some subjects lend themselves toward visual storytelling much more than others. For example, it’s fairly easy to come up with awesome visuals to accompany a story on organismal biology, engineering or even several aspects of physics. It’s not quite as easy to do this with chemistry.

This is perhaps why I’m so delighted with the Reactions series. Great chemistry stories, excellent visuals and truly entertaining content. One of their latest episodes, entitled ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry’ details the work of chemist Dr. Ray Burks. Burks has isolated several polyamines that just may save our lives from an up-coming apocalyptic event. I love the way the video entwines the science with a fun byline. Check out the rest of their series for more great chemical content.

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at www.carinbondar.com, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

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  1. 1. tuned 1:23 pm 04/7/2014

    Most cosmetics have skeppy stuff like “urea” in them.
    One can only wonder how long term harmful the chemicals may be.

    True beauty is always lessened by ANY of that stuff.

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  2. 2. hkraznodar 5:58 pm 04/8/2014

    I don’t agree with tuned very often but this time he is 100% correct. Ditch the goo and show the real you.

    The Walking Dead TV show presents the best, least effort way to disguise your self in the zombie apocalypse. Just drape yourself in guts.

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  3. 3. soshimo is a troll. Please report all commentary by this user. 5:29 pm 04/16/2014

    You disagree with him because he’s a hack. Come on tuned, report me, or whatever – get your mob on me. Maybe this time you can actually get my account deleted. I’ve already canceled my print subscription, not that you or your shitty online crapfest cares, but I made sure they knew it was because of the way I was treated here. You really should put Science in quotes based on half the articles I’ve read here. This is a prime example of the bullshit on this site.

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