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What exactly is “Green Chemistry?”

30 Apr 2021

In 1942 nylon went to war. American paratroopers dropped from the sky with nylon parachutes and hunkered down in nylon tents. Soldiers on leave hoped to seduce European women with gifts of nylon...

Do Curfews Work?

23 Apr 2021

I often recommend people set their mental compass to search for the scientific consensus on an issue. This is great in theory but this consensus is often an intangible idea. Where do you find it...

When Numbers Get Politicized

21 Apr 2021

Do political beliefs affect our ability to crunch numbers?...

Let’s Hear It for the Voices of Reason

8 Apr 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a golden opportunity for schemers, contrarians and conspiracy theorists to use public distress and thirst for knowledge to widen their reach. It is easy to get lost...

It's Egg Time!

2 Apr 2021

No, Paul Newman did not really eat fifty eggs in an hour in the 1967 film classic, Cool Hand Luke. But that would hardly be a challenge for Joey Chestnut, the world’s best-known competitive eater....

Humans Sometimes Get in the Way of Science

2 Apr 2021

I never expected to read the word “glooped” in a BBC article. An investigation by the BBC programme Panorama recently revealed troubling behaviour on the part of some technicians at one of the...

Curious About Curare

25 Mar 2021

Olivia Fraser Barsby is a biology and anthropology student at McGill University, specializing in conservation, ecology, evolution and behaviour. ...

Cocaine - A Natural Scourge

25 Mar 2021

While walking around the exhibit hall at an agricultural conference a few years ago, when we could still travel, I perused the usual displays of farming equipment and industry booths promoting...

St. Anthony’s Fire, the Salem Witch Trials and the Beatles

12 Mar 2021

Gaston of Valloire’s son was afflicted with a violent burning pain in his swollen limbs. There were no doctors the nobleman could to turn to in 1095, but a nearby church had acquired relics of St....

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