How do glow sticks work?

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With Halloween just around the corner, we’re talking all things glow sticks!

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It all stems from chemical reactions between substances in your glow stick tube. Join Ellen Phiddian on this episode of Huh? Science Explained to learn more about the process of chemiluminescence.

Huh? Science Explained is a LiSTNR production.

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