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Monthly Archives: October 2010
As part of my endeavor to figure out how to explain what I do to non-chemists without resorting to lies and vague generalities, I sat down and thought about atoms and molecules. Though it was a big conceptual jump when … Continue reading
Q: A bear from Yosemite and a bear from Alaska fall into a pool of water. Which one dissolves first?
A recent study published in Nature reveals that a person’s risk of developing diabetes could be strongly influenced by their father’s bad eating habits back before he became a dad.
The majority of people know acetone only as it relates to removing nailpolish. Organic chemists like myself, on the other hand, would have a lot of trouble imagining life without acetone.
Well, not see the future, but imagine it. Brain physiologists in the past have proposed that the hippocampus is part of the network of brain regions responsible for the ability to remember the past and imagine the future.
Although students tend to think that exams are merely an evaluation tool, a lot of research demonstrates that testing actually helps with the learning process. Researchers Pyc and Rawson published a short article in Science exploring why testing is beneficial … Continue reading
The cast of the strangely popular TV show Jersey Shore are known for their extreme obsession with tanning. Earlier this year, Snooki switched from tanning beds to using spray-on tans, citing Obama’s tanning tax and “friggin’ cancer”. Unlike UV light, … Continue reading
Many things bring momentary pleasure, but it’s hard to assess what factors yield long-term happiness without doing a long term study. Well, the results of a very long-term study are finally in (published in ), and these results have the … Continue reading
Last week a massive spill of red sludge from an aluminum production company in Hungary killed several people and destroyed a tremendous amount of property. Here’s a look at what this red sludge is and why it’s so bad.
New technology could allow for continuous blood glucose monitoring by checking if a patch of your skin is glowing or not. A paper published in this week describes a development that sounds like a crazy idea… so crazy that it … Continue reading
The chemistry Nobel Prize was announced this morning, and my colleagues and I are thrilled that it went to some real organometallic chemists! Even better, they were honored for their use of my favorite metal, palladium.
I first discovered the ethanol puppy when I was a sophomore in college. While exploring the cupboards of a dingy office that I shared with the other lab TAs, I found this dusty old box with yellowed papers dating from … Continue reading