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20 Mar 2017

I don’t think I would want to work in a rubber processing plant. Too many nitrosamines in the air, and it’s better not to inhale them. Nitrosamines after all are known carcinogens, first identified...

Why does lettuce sometimes turn brown?

20 Mar 2017

The chemistry that takes place when lettuce leaves become brown is the same chemistry we see when an apple is cut and turns brown, when green guacamole turns brown or when a green olive ripens and...

Fluoride and IQ

20 Mar 2017

One thing everyone agrees on when it comes to the addition of fluoride to drinking water is that the issue stirs up emotions, both pro and con. But the question should not be based on emotion, it...

Making Trans-Fat Free Margarine

20 Mar 2017

Margarine originally was a cheap butter substitute made by emulsifying beef fat with water or milk. Eventually animal fat was replaced by partially saturated vegetable fats, hardened by the process...

A Curious Landing: A first-hand account of the landing of Mars rover, Curiosity

20 Mar 2017

Dr. Lorne Trottier was in attendance of the recent landing of the Mars Rover, Curiosity. Here, he describes his account of the experience as well as the complexities and nuances of what went into...

Organic Food and Nutrition

20 Mar 2017

The battle has been raging back and forth ever since pesticides and synthetic fertilizers were introduced into agriculture. Is organic produce safer and more nutritious than the conventional...

The Liberation Procedure

20 Mar 2017

It’s a great name for a possible cure for multiple sclerosis: “The Liberation Procedure.” Indeed patients suffering from MS feel that their body is being held prisoner by some strange force. Their...

How Chemicals Affect Us

20 Mar 2017

A recent New York Times article featured the headline “How Chemicals Affect Us.” Even before reading a single word, I was pretty sure the columnist was not going to discuss how antibiotics cure...


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