A Montreal Gazette article
about toxins in food by Joe Schwarcz, McGill 's Director of the Office for Science and Society, reminds me of a line in the movie Hitch
Since today is a celebration of St. Patrick, the religious figure who 'drove the snakes out of Ireland' (meaning Paganism), a whole lot of people got drunk last night.
Yeah, Protestants getting drunk the night before before a Catholic religious festival makes as much sense as anything else about St. Patrick's Day. In addition, kids in California get something magical in their shoes, which puzzles me too. I never heard of that when I was a kid but the rural area I grew up in was a delightful mix of people descended from residents of Scotland and Eastern Europe so there weren't a lot of magical pots of gold lying around - if an Irishman came along asking about our shoes the reply was going to be sent at muzzle velocity.
Fluoride is good but too much of anything can be bad. However, a filter system developed in India using a medicinal herb is very, very good.
The technology uses parts of the plant Tridax procumbens as a biocarbon filter for the ion.
Researchers analyzed strains of mold fermented in sourdough bread and were able to isolate natural compounds that can help keep bread fresh without changing its flavor, resulting in a tastier loaf.
Michael Ganzle, professor and Canada Research Chair in the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and fellow researchers say the natural compounds can replace preservatives added to store-bought bread which are safe to eat and extend shelf life, but alter the taste.
If I was an ultraviolet absorption researcher at the University of Virginia, I could be the proud author of the title, "UVA on UVA at UVA." For more of vanity's sake,---I hope not---I assembled a list of my articles a few weeks ago when I thought the well was running dry. Then suddenly I got a few more fun ideas. For writers out there who may be experiencing similar blogger's block, and who have not already organized their output, give it a try to see if a similar coincidence unfolds for you.
When I'm in the kitchen, it's hard to keep my mind off pure substances, even if I'm just getting items from the pantry. I picked up some MAGIC baking powder, looked at the label and wondered why sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) is the last ingredient, meaning there's less of it than anything else in the container. The pantry door once again became like the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis' novel, but instead of carrying me into a fantasy world of lions and witches, it brought me into the more interesting realm of chemistry.
Researchers employing a century-old observational technique have determined the precise configuration of humulones, substances derived from hops that give beer its distinctive flavor.
That might not sound like a big deal but the findings overturn results reported in scientific literature for the last 40 years and could lead to new pharmaceuticals to treat diabetes, some types of cancer and other maladies.
"Now that we have the right results, what happens to the bitter hops in the beer-brewing process makes a lot more sense," said Werner Kaminsky, a University of Washington research associate professor of chemistry.
Since all matter including people consist of elements, it's nice to see proper names entirely composed of elemental symbols, like
, or if you recall the actress who played the part of a sultry James Bond villain,
, or if we stick to chemistry
. In the English language alone, there are also thousands of improper nouns with such properties (27192, to be exact), and of course someone wrote a program to generate an exhaustive list
Northwestern University graduate student Jonathan Barnes and colleagues are the first to permanently interlock two identical tetracationic rings that normally are repelled by each other.
Some experts had said it couldn't be done.
On the surface, the rings hate each other because each carries four positive charges (making them tetracationic). But they discovered that by introducing radicals (unpaired electrons) onto the scene, the researchers could create a love-hate relationship in which love triumphs.
Unpaired electrons want to pair up and be stable, and it turns out the attraction of one ring's single electrons to the other ring's single electrons is stronger than the repelling forces.
He stood by the door of a subway car, looking from side to side to see if anyone was looking. Maybe my clothing camouflaged me against the background of my seat. More likely, I did not pose a threat, and certainly he didn't realize I was a teacher at his school. He opened his long coat, and for a moment I thought he was going to flash the ghosts of the subway tunnels when suddenly he pulled out a marker from his inner pocket and tagged an advertisement on the wall.