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The science of macaroni salad: What's in a molecule? - Josh Kurz

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What do macaroni salad and gasoline have in common? They are made of exactly the same stuff -- specifically, the same atoms, just rearranged. So, while we put the former in our mouths and the latter in our cars, they are really just variations on the same atomic theme. Josh Kurz breaks macaroni salad down to its smallest chemical components.

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Hungry? Me too! Here's a recipe for macaroni salad.

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