Chemistry

The Science Behind Distillation

The process of distilling water, crude oil or ethyl alcohol are all based on similar science.   When two or more chemicals are thoroughly mixed in a liquid, being able to separate them can be quite a challenge.   ...

Article - Robert Hayes - Sep 27 2018 - 3:34pm

For Now We See Through A Brewing Class, Darkly

Next time you are in your local grocery store, step in to look a little more closely at the beer cooler. Amid the brightly colored, creative packaging lies the final battle for the ultimate goal – your purchases. But, what battles were fought to get the b ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 2 2015 - 8:26am

Cooking Up Altered States

Churning raw milk sufficiently creates butter. Squirting lemon juice coagulates it into curd. These two phenomena are not as straightforward as they sound on the molecular level. When milk is churned, the fat molecules in it come closer to form aggregates ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 7 2015 - 9:30am

Drains And Chemicals: Rethinking How We Clean Our Homes

Individually, we use thousands of chemicals in our households and very few of us think about whether they are harming the environment. We often think about buying a “green” detergent to wash our clothes, but the simple act of shampooing and conditioning o ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 15 2015 - 10:00am

How To Make A Meaningless Study Sound Scary, By The Staff At CNN

It was Monday’s “big” health story, or so we were told. According to CNN, there’s now an established link between the development of childhood cancers, primarily leukemia and lymphoma, and the use of pesticides. Sounds scary, maybe even real. But does the ...

Article - American Council ... - Sep 17 2015 - 8:00am

Great Barrier Reef: High-tech Fertilizers And Other Science To The Rescue

The latest report card on Great Barrier Reef water quality shows signs of improvement, but the health of the marine environment close to the shore remains poor, driven by pollution runoff from the land. Among the good news is that pollution levels in reef ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 23 2015 - 1:30pm

Cut Sodium Intake By Replacing Salt With Spices

A recent paper suggests cooking with spices and herbs could close the 1,000 mg gap between the amount of sodium Americans actually consume on a daily basis and the amount recommended by the government Dietary Guidelines for Americans committee.   In the s ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2015 - 7:35am

Lower Sperm Motility In Men Exposed To DEHP

Men with higher exposure to diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), one of the phthalates, which is an umbrella term for a group of substances based on phthalic acid, have lower sperm motility and may therefore experience more difficulties conceiving children, acco ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2015 - 7:31am

How 40 Percent Of People Function In The Morning Remains A Mystery

A new survey finds that how 40 percent of people function is a scientific mystery- because only 60 percent of people start their mornings with coffee. This is baffling in a country where $18 billion annually is spent just on specialty coffees. ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Sep 28 2015 - 7:32am

The Smell Of Death Could Become A Powerful Forensic Tool

Most people are able to recognize the smell of “death” when they encounter a dead animal on a farm or a roadkill. But despite its distinctive scent, few know why it actually smells the way it does. Even forensic scientists may not have identified all of t ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 28 2015 - 9:00am