Chemistry

California, Get Rid Of Paper Receipts But Don't Use Anti-Science Scaremongering As The Reason

A California lawmaker wants to ban paper receipts- those annoying long things that immediately get lost in a grocery bag- but instead of promoting the legitimate reason to get rid of them, they are useless, he invoked chemical scaremongering. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 17 2019 - 12:42pm

Hexenyl Butyrate: Volatile Compound Found In Tomato Plants Protects Against Bacteria

Tomato plants emit a volatile compound named hexenyl butyrate  which can be used for closing the stomata, key in protecting plants from bacterial attacks. But Center for Science in the Public Interest and Environmental Working Group don't need to mobi ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 14 2019 - 10:51am

Rembrandt's Plumbonacrite: A Very Rare Lead Mineral Has Been Found In His Unique Paint Recipe

Rembrandt van Rijn was a master of light and shadow and a characteristic plasticity generated by a technique called impasto. A new study shows he was also something of a chemist. An analysis of impasto layers in some of Rembrandt's paintings show they ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 30 2019 - 1:49pm

Salt Makes Winter Streets Safe- But Not By Melting Ice

Brrr … it’s cold out there! Children are flocking to the television in hopes of hearing there will be a snow day; the bread and milk aisles at grocery stores are empty because of an impending snow storm; and utility trucks are out spraying salt or salt wa ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 1 2019 - 6:18pm

Dear Bud Light: Your Sugar Is Not Superior To Their Sugar- Yeast Can't Tell And Neither Can Humans

During the Super Bowl, you can predict there will be a lot of beer commercials. As a non-drinker, this always puzzles me- haven't fans already bought their beer?- but advertising is a trillion dollar industry and I instead run a small non-profit so I ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 4 2019 - 8:59pm

Coors Light Could Do A Commercial Noting Their Beer Is Not Brewed With Arsenic, Unlike Bud Light

"Bud Light", a lower carbohydrate beer produced by  Anheuser–Busch InBev of Belgium, made waves at the Super Bowl, among beer experts and competitors at least, by assuring their customers they did not use corn syrup. So corn syrup is bad? Well, n ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 6 2019 - 12:33pm

Poorly Managed Pain May Lead To Opioid Abuse- And Antidepressants Lead To Less Pain Relief From Vicodin

Patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the most common form of antidepressant, who are given the most widely prescribed opioid, hydrocodone (Vicodin) experience less pain relief, a finding whch could help combat the opioid epidemic, as po ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 7 2019 - 3:45pm

Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement

A product like Zicam, which claims it can make colds shorter, shields itself from truth in advertising claims by admitting on the label its product is not actual medicine, it is homeopathy, a pretend drug for people who want to believe. If they were requir ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 9 2019 - 12:17pm

Beer Before Wine And You Won't Feel Fine

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers. It isn’t uncommon for us to mix our drinks, maybe a b ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 8 2019 - 7:38pm

Kids Running Lemonade Stands Understand The U-Shaped Curve Isn't Real, Why Don't Environmentalists?

Friends of the Earth, the kooky offshoot of Sierra Club that hates science even more, is dumping its advertising budget into a claim it commissioned from a Maharishi Institute scholar who runs what is apparently an uncredentialed lab claiming they were abl ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 14 2019 - 4:50pm