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This ChemMatters episode explains the science behind calories and nutrition facts labels. Find out how scientists first determined the calorie content of food in the 1800s, and how fat, protein and carbohydrate levels on nutrition facts labels are found today. (6:11 min.)

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Peeing might seem like an ordinary act. But the way your body produces urine and what your urine says about your health are pretty extraordinary!

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You may already know that too much alcohol can eventually destroy your liver. But alcohol can also affect another important organ: the pancreas.

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Has your fresh juicy apple been replaced by an unsightly brown fruit? A special compound called polyphenol oxidase (PPO) is behind the transformation.

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Anthrax is one of the most common weapons used in biological attacks. Anthrax spores can be transported and spread under conditions that would kill other biological agents.

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When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out. (4:52 min.)

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There are all kinds of reasons why students like you might not get enough sleep. But did you know that getting a good night’s rest is important for memory, learning, and health.

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Too many carbohydrates can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. But what are carbs, exactly? And what do they do to our bodies? (5:10 min.)

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Many people suffer from chemophobia: the (irrational) fear of chemicals. They will try to avoid anything that contains chemicals and look for products labeled as “chemical free”.

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I have finished my undergraduate and masters in chemistry (MChem), finished my PhD in Biomedical Sciences and have done a Postdoc in the department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, now on a second postdoc in marine natural products, next step is lecturer.

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