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Is that an inflatable shark in my glass of wine?

21 Jan 2021

Cat pee, a mouse nest, wet dog, sauerkraut, burnt match, moldy socks, rotten eggs, vanilla, menthol, and plastic bandage. An unusual list to be sure. But there is a connection. These are all terms...

Reservations About Resveratrol

14 Jan 2021

In 1940 Japanese researcher Michio Takaoka submitted his thesis for a graduate degree in which he described studies of plants with a folkloric history of having medicinal properties. Such studies...

Boost Your Knowledge about Boosting Your Immune System

6 Jan 2021

“Reinforce and Boost Your Immune System” promised the ad splashed across two pages of a local newspaper. There were products galore! Mushroom extracts, probiotics, collagen supplements, exotic oils...

The Right Chemistry: Dry Ice

25 Dec 2020

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz discusses dry ice Dr. Joe Schwarcz discusses dry ice and its role in The Phantom of the Opera musical.

Sunshine and Moonbeams

17 Dec 2020

When the imaginative little boy was asked in school to give an example of how heat makes things expand and cold causes them to contract, he authoritatively stated that in the summertime the days...

Let It (Fake) Snow!

16 Dec 2020

Have you ever wondered how ski hill operators make snow? Actually, they don't make snow, they make tiny beads of ice, each one about one ten-thousandth of an inch in diameter. It all starts with...

A Holiday Treat - Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate

11 Dec 2020

Believe it or not, the tasty marshmallows we know are inspired by a plant, a perennial that grows up to about four feet high. Its root has a soft and spongy texture and looks like lung tissue,...

Will Wearing A Hat Make Me Go Bald?

19 Nov 2020

This article was first published in The Skeptical Inquirer.

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