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1 Dec 2023

Our brain controls the production of certain hormones and neurotransmitters such as melatonin, serotonin and dopamine. Simplistically, one can say that “rest and repair” hormones are activated by a...

Anesthetic Gases Can Do More Than Put You to Sleep

30 Nov 2023

Can you imagine a tooth being extracted without an anesthetic? Or, worse, a limb being amputated? A horrific thought! Yet that was what patients had to contend with until the mid 19th century when...

Athletes, Vaccines and Cardiac Deaths

24 Nov 2023

This article was originally posted in the Montreal Gazette....

A Breath of Fresh Air? Hardly.

17 Nov 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, is often in the news because of its mandate to protect the health of the public. These days it is almost impossible...

A Call To Teach Chemistry

10 Nov 2023

Is there something in your past to put you on a path to become an educator? When I was a teenager I did one of those guidance counsellor tests which suggested I should become one. I laughed. But a...

Body Parts and Body Farms: Where Science and Spookiness Meet

3 Nov 2023

Seeing Halloween decorations has been a highlight of an otherwise hectic month. While spider webs and ghosts send shivers down my spine, skeletons and the occasional amputated limb don’t rank high...

We Used to Look Older

20 Oct 2023

It apparently started with a tweet.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry - No Small Matter

6 Oct 2023

The word “quantum” derives from the Latin word for “amount,” so that if something is “quantifiable,” it means that it can be measured. Although I think I have a reasonably good grasp of chemistry,...

The Nobel Prize Committee Sends a Message! Messenger RNA Research Merits Science’s Highest Honour!

4 Oct 2023

The wall above that photocopier located at the University of Pennsylvania may eventually feature a plaque that reads something like “it was here that Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman met in 1998...


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