Hard Candy Chemistry [SCIENCE!]

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Richard Hartel, Ph.D., professor of food engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison boils a mixture of sugar, water and corn syrup at temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit to produce hard candy. The video demonstrates how the molten liquid candy cools to form what from a technical standpoint actually is a glass. Unlike window glass made […]

Spectacular Science: The Lifecycle of a Mushroom [Video]

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Thomas Beg‘s super-informative and eerily familiar short animation, Spectacular Science: The Lifecycle of a Mushroom, is admittedly “inspired by 1920’s animation such as the Silly Symphonies series and other early Walt Disney shorts.” But it goes a bit further than Mickey’s steamboat trip downriver–this little animation is packed full of information about the lifecycle of Amanita muscaria, […]