The 12 Days of Holiday Podcasts

The holiday podcasts are part of Science Elements, a weekly podcast of fast-breaking science news from ACS journals, national meetings, and other activities.

  • Holiday Podcast 12 – Champagne: Tiny bubbles really are better!
    Today, on the final day of our holiday podcasts, let’s ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne as we look into the qualities that bring out the best in this bubbly beverage.

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Recording of Jingle Bells by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and Auld Lang Syne by Les Deux Love Orchestra; Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes cork pop by heigh-hoo, champagne fizz by Paracelsus, glass clink by RHumphries and bubble sounds by suonho.

  • Holiday Podcast 11 – The bright side of chocolate is dark:
    According to a recent study, the darker the chocolate, the better it is for your health.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and March of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes apple crunch by Koops.

  • Holiday Podcast 10 – Hot cocoa: A toast to your health
    According to a recent ACS study, hot cocoa contains more heart-healthy antioxidants than either red wine or tea … both of which are noted for their high antioxidant content.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Simple Duet by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes drinking sounds by sagetyrtle and tea kettle sound by gurdonark.

  • Holiday Podcast 9 – Cranberries: A colorful, tasty natural antibiotic
    In today's episode, we find that there is more to love about cranberries than just their robust color and flavor.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes drinking sounds by sagetyrtle.

  • Holiday Podcast 8 – Stuffing rich in antioxidants
    Scientists have shown that bread crust may be the healthiest part of the slice.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Mister Exposition by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes geese sounds by acclivity.

  • Holiday Podcast 7 – Natural ACE inhibitors found in chocolate, wine and tea:
    Research has shown that chocolate, wine and tea can be healthy, as well as tasty.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes crowd audio by freesound, drinking sound by sagetyrtle and kettle sound by gurdonark.

  • Holiday Podcast 6 – Snowflakes: Delicate, different and dangerous?
    Surprising research points to the snowflakes' role in the depletion of our ozone layer.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Achaidh Cheide by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

  • Holiday Podcast 5 – Spice up your health with cinnamon
    Besides being noted for its distinctive aroma and taste, cinnamon has long been recognized for its health benefits, including helping fight Type 2 diabetes.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Canon in D Major by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes shaker sound by kkz and chip crunch by FreqMan.

  • Holiday Podcast 4 – Getting more pop out of popcorn
    Scientists report they have identified a key structure in those kernels that could lead to popcorn varieties with no leftover unpopped kernels.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Divertissement by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes Santa laugh by troutstrangler, slide whistle by UncleSigmund, chip crunch by Freqman and pop sound by traveler.

  • Holiday Podcast 3 – Scotch Pine
    A study in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that the bark of the Scotch pine, a popular tree for holiday decorating, has anti-inflammatory compounds in its bark.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and song entitled Sheep May Safely Graze by Kevin MacLeod (incomptech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes shouting children vocals by Totya.

  • Holiday Podcast 2 - Myrrh
    Myrrh is valued for its wonderful perfume-like aromas, though scientists suggest it also contains compounds that could one day lead to new ways for preventing and treating certain forms of cancer.

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Recording of Jingle Bells and Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 by Kevin MacLeod (incomptech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes cash register sound by kjackson and perfume spray sound by sample cat.

  • Holiday Podcast 1 – Chocolate Programming
    The bright side of dark chocolate; it’s good for your heart … in moderation, of course.

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Intro song entitled Bright Wish and recording of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Kevin MacLeod (incomptech.com); Creative Commons licensed audio from freesound.iua.upf.edu includes glass jar jingle by adcbicycle.