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All events took place over two days at McGill's Faculty Club and the Centre Mont Royal. Please visit the symposium homepage for more details on the symposium.
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Hazard and Risk
If you watched the news, read newspapers or surfed the web recently you will have been inundated with pictures of bacon and headlines describing it as carcinogenic. That’s because the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meats as being carcinogenic, placing them in the same category as tobacco smoke, asbestos, oral contraceptives, alcohol, sunshine, X-rays, polluted air, and inhaled sand. Read More.
Chemistry Lesson for Food Babe #5
Just about everyone now knows something about DNA ( with some obvious notable exceptions). The term “template of life” has been repeatedly used in the press to describe this molecule. That is quite accurate because DNA is like a library of information which tells our cells which proteins to synthesize. Read More.
Food Babe lesson #4
Rottine applease release ethylene gas, which is a natural hormone produced by fruits to stimulate ripening. A rotten apple is just an overly ripe apple, producing enough ethylene to "ripen" the rest of the apples in the barrel. Read More.
Cleaning the air with jeans
You may want them in your jeans, but you probably want to keep them away from your genes. They’re “nano” particles of titanium dioxide, about ten billionths of a meter in diameter that can exhibit beneficial properties not possessed by their larger cousins, but they may also have a darker side. Read More.
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Did You Know?
Polar bears can run as fast as 40 kilometers per hour—but only for short distances. Younger, leaner bears are the best runners and are able to cover two kilometers without stopping. Older and larger bears, on the other hand, quickly overheat. This overheating phenomenon is very commin in polar bears, as they expend more than twice the energy of most other mammals when walking or running—showing higher than average increases in temperature and oxygen consumption
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