Public Release:  The Disappearing Spoon author Sam Kean takes on the megalodon myth

American Chemical Society


IMAGE: Best-selling author Sam Kean stops by Reactions this week to debunk the myth of the megalodon, the 50-foot super shark that, despite what 'Shark Week' may lead you to believe,... view more

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WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 -- Best-selling author Sam Kean stops by Reactions this week to debunk the myth of the Megalodon, the 50-foot super shark that, despite what "Shark Week" may lead you to believe, is long extinct. Learn all about it at

Kean's book, "The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements," is getting the Reactions treatment in a 10-episode video series produced for the newly launched American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). In this episode, Kean unravels the myth of a living Megalodon, explaining how the element manganese holds the key.


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