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The Universe in a Cup of Coffee

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Reactions is joining PBS Digital Studios! Woohoo! To celebrate, we’re doing a deep dive on the surprisingly complex and beautiful chemistry behind our favorite morning beverage: coffee. The chemistry of the universe is, in a way, in your morning cup of coffee — from the evolution of caffeine as a defensive chemical weapon in plants to the swirling eddies of milk and coffee fueled by diffusion, Brownian motion and other phenomena. After watching the video, you’ll never look at coffee the same way again.

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Writer:
Sam Lemonick

Host/Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Video Producer:
Sean Parsons

Scientific consultants:
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers
Andy Jorgensen, Ph.D.

With thanks to Richard Feynman

Music:
Broke for Free – Wash Out (via Creative Commons)
https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free/broke-for-free-wash-out

References:
https://www.chemistryworld.com/feature/chemistry-in-every-cup/1012386.article
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s145/sh/6f013c76-92ae-4219-921b-bff5e349f595/e03071a2a162bf26
http://www.compoundchem.com/2015/02/17/coffee-aroma/
http://www.ift.org/~/media/Knowledge%20Center/Publications/Books/Samples/IFTPressBook_Coffee_PreviewChapter.pdf
http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/search2.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/19/science/the-caffeinated-lives-of-bees.html
https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/06/the-universe-in-a-glass-of-wine-feynman/

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