Everyday exploration of chemical compounds
July 3, 2014 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Compound Interest makes infographics [index] covering chemistry basics and the chemistry behind every day phenomena, like the aroma of books, cilantro, and cell phones. In time for the 4th of July, the chemistry behind fireworks: gunpowder and color. Over on tumblr, Compound Interest answers questions about chemistry, dispels myths (glowsticks, MSG), promotes science (bad science, the dose makes the poison ) and other... things. Compound Interest has also teamed up with the American Chemical Society to make videos (why does bacon smell so good?).

Andy Brunning, the creator, was recently profiled on NPR.
You can follow Compound Interest on Twitter as well, if that's your thing.
posted by bobobox (8 comments total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
Excellent post! They also have a feed on the book of faces.
posted by Renoroc at 7:16 AM on July 3, 2014

This is great. I'm favouriting to read it (ALL) later.
posted by kjs4 at 8:11 AM on July 3, 2014

Very cool. Seems like everytime I mention to someone that the smell of rain is related to bacteria in the soil I BLOW THEIR MINDS. Try it. Good times.
posted by Big_B at 8:52 AM on July 3, 2014

I love this a lot.
posted by kagredon at 9:06 AM on July 3, 2014

posted by mixedmetaphors at 9:34 AM on July 3, 2014

Fantastic, and timely! Thank you!

Chemistry was one of those subjects that I was terrible at in school, but that I find incredibly interesting, so I love stuff that's written for interested non-chemists.
posted by rtha at 9:43 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Excellent. I've always wanted to be the person to "Well, actually..." firework colours. And I will add the smell of rain to the list too.
posted by hydrobatidae at 9:51 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Great post!
posted by Fig at 10:50 AM on July 3, 2014

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