That one time somebody used an awkward party metaphor to show chemical interactions. Successfully.

When some elements combine or attempt to interact with each other, things ... ahem, happen.

That one time somebody used an awkward party metaphor to show chemical interactions. Successfully.

Imagine if science were illustrated via a dance party and bar fight. That's pretty much how this goes. And it's amazing.

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I'll break this down for those of you on mobile devices, but you really, really should watch this clip when you get a chance. Combining catchy music with the video is priceless.

There are some chemical reactions that are just sad. Like when hydrogen and chloride are dancing and generally enjoying life.

And then zinc comes along and replaces hydrogen.

Which makes hydrogen very sad.

There are several others as well, but the one that really stuck with me is that you never, ever combine potassium and water. The reaction? Explosive.

Here's what it looks like when you drop a bit of actual potassium directly into actual water:

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So you're sitting there, wondering why the heck I asked you to look at this, right?

Because science, and education in science, is important to the survival of our species. If we could make science education as exciting as this, it's good for all humanity. And the planet. And everything on said planet.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.