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National Chemistry Week 2010: Behind the Scenes
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National Chemistry Week 2010 - Episode 4: Explosions

When it comes to explosions, flames, or other similar effects—also called
pyrotechnic special effects—the problem is to create an illusion of towering
fires and shattering explosions by the safest possible means. Special effects
expert Joe Viskocil, who has spent nearly 40 years blowing up miniatures.
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National Chemistry Week 2010 - Episode 3: Artificial Skin

Making artificial skin is a big challenge, especially since we as humans are
very familiar with how real skin wrinkles and moves, as well as how it looks
with its slight translucency and flaws. Anything that is not quite right about
artificial skin—such as a visible blend line at its edge—immediately tips us
off and destroys the illusion.
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National Chemistry Week 2010 -Episode 2: Fake Snow

Take fake snow for an example. One of the paradoxes of fake snow is that it is better than the real thing. According to Richard Rickitt, author of Special Effects: The History and Technique, once snow is trampled, it can’t be restored, so snow shots can be repeated just once or twice, after which a movie crew needs to move to a new location.
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National Chemistry Week 2010 - Episode 1: Chemistry and Special FX

It’s National Chemistry Week, and we at Bytesize Science are celebrating it by rolling out the red carpet and going Hollywood; All week, we’ll be exploring how chemistry helps create some of the amazing special effects found in blockbuster films.
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2010 Earth Day Podcasts: Plants, the Green Machines

Earth Day 2010- Episode 6: Plants — The Hardcore Cleaning Machines!
It's not a pleasant thought, but you’ve got billions of tiny critters living in your mouth. An entire ecosystem of bacteria live in there, and many of them have important roles in chewing and digestion. Now, scientists have found that bacteria in the mouth play a role in creating the distinctive flavors of certain foods.
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Earth Day 2010 - Episode 5: Plants – the Green Machines

Learn all about the plant “machinery” behind photosynthesis, the process of how plants make their own food.
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Earth Day 2010 - Episode 4: Phytoremediation
Plants are amazing cleaning machines, and scientists are using them to pull pollutants right out of the ground using a technique called phytoremediation.
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Earth Day 2010 - Episode 3: Defensive Plants Make Medicine part 2

Plants have excellent ways of defending themselves. In this podcast, we learn how plants have developed lots of chemical compounds to stay alive and defend themselves against small and large animals.
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Earth Day 2010- Episode 2: Defensive Plants Make Medicines part 1

Plants have excellent ways of defending themselves. In this podcast, we learn how plants have developed lots of chemical compounds to stay alive and defend themselves against small and large animals.
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Earth Day 2010 - Episode 1: Plants—The Energy-Capturing Machines

A huge amount of plant material is produced every year when plants die or are harvested. In this podcast, we find out how scientists are using all of this plant matter to make useful biofuel.
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