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There’s a sweet smell in the air after it rains, whether it’s a spring shower or a summer storm. This week on Reactions, we explain the chemistry of petrichor, the smell of rain.

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Credits
Writer/Narrator:
Alexa Billow

Executive Producer:
George Zaidan

Producer:
Sean Parsons

Fact Checker:
Kyle Nackers
Alison Le

Scientific Consultant:
Youngsoo Joung, Ph.D.
Cullen Buie, Ph.D.

Music:
"Wonders of Nature," By Olive Musique
"Movements of the Spheres," By Big Score Audio

Sources:
https://theconversation.com/the-smell-of-rain-how-csiro-invented-a-new-word-39231
http://www.publish.csiro.au/CH/pdf/CH9650915
http://www.thegoodscentscompany.com/data/rw1009101.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0016703766900251
https://www.nature.com/articles/2071415a0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-makes-rain-smell-so-good-13806085/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1058374/pdf/applmicro00362-0105.pdf
http://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:21097
https://academic.oup.com/chemse/article-abstract/17/1/23/268382?redirectedFrom=fulltext
http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/05/14/thesmellofrain/
http://news.mit.edu/2015/rainfall-can-release-aerosols-0114
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms7083?version=meter+at+null&module=meter-Links&pgtype=article&contentId=&mediaId=&referrer=&priority=true&action=click&contentCollection=meter-links-click

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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