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Why Black Hair Dye Became Popular in 1930s Detroit

20 Mar 2017

Well, because Henry Ford decided that younger men could work more productively on his automobile assembly line and so began to fire older workers and higher younger ones. This prompted some of the...

Chemistry at the Vatican

20 Mar 2017

The new Pope, Francis, we now learn, has a degree in Chemistry. He received a Master’s from the University of Buenos Aires.  It is interesting then to note that his selection was signaled through...

Cathodic Protection

20 Mar 2017

You use cathodic protection to prevent iron from rusting. The rusting of iron is an expensive process. It is estimated that the deterioration of iron due to corrosion costs billions of dollars a...

The Case of "Saltair Sally"

20 Mar 2017

In October 2000, while walking along the shores of the "Great Salt Lake" near Salt Lake City, two hunters made a gruesome discovery. In a plastic bag, they found a white sock, a shirt, a few bones...

Do men's and women's armpits smell differently?

20 Mar 2017

If you’re into cheese scents, you’ll find them in a male armpit, but if onion or grapefruit aromas are more your thing, then you’re more likely to find it armpit of a perspiring woman.Yes, men and...

Green Synthesis of Succinic Acid

20 Mar 2017

Go to any chemistry conference these days and you’ll find multiple sessions on green chemistry. They won’t be talking about making green paints or growing plants. Actually that isn’t true. They may...

Why is milk white and not green like grass?

20 Mar 2017

Questions about milk are always interesting because, after all, it is our first food. Milk is meant to be the only sustaining food during early life and therefore it must contain all the required...

Testing of Chemicals

20 Mar 2017

You’ve seen the headlines. Of the 80,000 or so synthetic chemicals in the market place only a few thousand have been adequately tested. Activist groups constantly scream about inadequate testing...

Drug Testing

20 Mar 2017

There are a lot of people who make money by doing drugs. Not the way you think though. They take on the role of human guinea pigs to test prospective medicinal drugs. Their role is mired in...


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