We use the Vatican's own recipe to re-create the black and white smoke used during the Papal Conclave. The cardinals elected a former chemist as Pope - Pope Francis!
Black Smoke = No Pope
White Smoke = Pope
This video features Dr Darren Walsh. Thanks also to Neil Barnes and Samantha Tang.
Correction: at 4:05 it should be "when LACTOSE combines"
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