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Blocking the Sun's Rays with Metal Oxides

20 Mar 2017

Ultraviolet light from the sun encompasses a range of wavelengths, all the way from 280 nm to 400 nm. The shorter and more energetic wavelengths from 280 to 320 nm are referred to as UV-B, while...

Why Do Nails Have Ridges?

20 Mar 2017

There is a wealth of information at our fingertips – in our nails. Anyone who has ever wished for some kind of health-o-meter to signal the body’s state of wellness need look no further than the...

The Mystery of Maya Blue Finally Solved

20 Mar 2017

Maya Blue, a vibrant light blue colour, characterizes the civilisation that flourished across Mesoamerica between the 3rd and 10th century. The pigment was used to decorate pottery, murals and...

GMOs and Omega-3 Fats

20 Mar 2017

Mention genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and watch the brows wrinkle. People just don’t want the genes in their meals modified, even if they are not quite sure what genes are. Better just...

Noisy Chip Bags

20 Mar 2017

In 2010 Frito-Lay introduced a 100% compostable bag for its SunChips with great fanfare only to yank it off the market a scant eighteen months later.  Why?  Believe it or not, the bags were too...

Alloxan: bleaching agent?

20 Mar 2017

Listen to the following remarkable commentary I came across on the web. Here goes: “I was just utterly shocked to have recently discovered another FDA first degree murder! When I studied chemistry...

Penis Enhancement and "Smiling Bob"

20 Mar 2017

Here is a formula for separating fools from their money. Find a condition that doesn’t pose a serious threat to health, but causes enough concern for people to want to invest in a solution. Propose...

What is "meat glue"?

20 Mar 2017

So what exactly is this “meat glue?” Rest assured that no horses were condemned to the glue factory to produce it. What we’re talking about is an enzyme called transglutaminase that allows a...

Self-Cleaning Toilets and Self-Cleaning Clothes

20 Mar 2017

Nobody looks forward to cleaning toilets. And maybe in the future you won’t have to. That may be one of the benefits of nanotechnology, a burgeoning field of science that everyone is talking about....

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