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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....

The Olives of the Body Are Only Skin Deep

11 Mar 2021

Does a mole on the nose testify to an insatiable lust in the bedroom? Strange as it may sound, some people in ancient Greece used to believe that. Moles were referred to in one early book as the...

The Tooth Fairy Science of Bite Mark Comparisons

4 Mar 2021

The idea of using teeth to identify someone has a long history. One of the earliest recorded cases (and perhaps the very first one) dates back to the first century. The wife of Roman Emperor...

The Wonders of Polyurethane

25 Feb 2021

Video of Dr Joe Schwarcz on the wonders of polyurethane What makes polyurethane so versatile?

A Tryst with Amethyst

23 Feb 2021

An attractive amethyst geode sits on my desk. Geodes are rocks with an internal cavity that is filled with crystals of a mineral. In the case of amethyst that mineral is quartz, tainted with iron...

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