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BrainStuff

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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us.

Why do Wint-O-Green Life Savers spark in the dark?

May 19th, 2010

Episode 626 of 1070 episodes

If you've ever bitten into a Wint-O-Green Life Saver candy in the dark, you've probably noticed an accompanying spark of light. Marshall Brain explains the chemistry behind this phenomenon, called triboluminescence, in this episode.

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