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Why does lettuce turn brown?

11 Oct 2018

That’s an interesting question. How lettuce turns brown is well known. But why this happens is a different story. Lets deal with the how first. The chemistry that takes place when lettuce leaves...

Do fish drink?

4 Oct 2018

Our bodies and fishes’ (yes, fishes is a grammatically correct plural form of fish) bodies as well need water. Without it, the chemical reactions that take place constantly in our bodies would have...

Why is there shellac in my chocolate mints?

27 Sep 2018

Indeed, it is the same substance. The revelation that furniture varnish can appear in food would probably send scientifically primitive bloggers into a tizzy. This varnish, or shellac, is the...

Why can I taste saline and medications when they're inserted into my IV?

18 Sep 2018

Someone recently asked me if I had ever heard a patient complain that they could taste saline and medications when injected into their IV. Truth is, I had never heard of this before, but apparently...

Is ghee healthier than normal butter?

13 Sep 2018

Ghee can be found in the international section of most grocery stores, and clarified butter on the pages of many culinary magazines, but what are these fats, and how do they differ from normal...

Why are there so many different body types?

23 Aug 2018

While this question seems simple, it turns out there are a lot of complex processes behind your development of a particular body size or shape.

How do we modify dairy to be lactose free?

26 Jul 2018

What does it mean when a dairy product claims that its lactose content has been modified for easier digestion?...

Why is there a bull on the "Red Bull" logo?

19 Jul 2018

While it is true that taurine was originally isolated from bull semen, it is now produced synthetically. This compound is an “aminosulfonic acid” that is widely distributed in the human body and...

Is water from a dehumidifier drinkable?

5 Jul 2018

Possibly.  But why would you want to?  Whether the water is drinkable depends how clean you keep your tank and how long the water has been sitting around.  The water the dehumidifier collects is...