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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...

The Risks of Mixing Driving and Cannabis

10 Dec 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

Gin Mania

15 Jan 2020

Between 1715 and 1750 there were more deaths than births in London, with the greatest mortality among children. Many of these deaths were due to fetal alcohol syndrome as unhappy mothers-to-be...

Can You Be Drunk Without Drinking?

17 Dec 2019

It all started with a stomach exploding in Uganda. It’s the case that’s often cited as launching the saga of a fringe diagnosis: a five-year-old boy in 1946 was being treated for a chronic...

Shaking a Champagne Bottle

17 Dec 2019

People readily understand that solids can dissolve in a liquid. Salt or sugar dissolve in water and the warmer the water, the faster the rate of dissolution. We learn this in elementary school. But...

The Chemistry of a Hangover

12 Dec 2019

First off, let’s examine why you may feel so gross the morning after a night of drinks. The culprits are acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.

The Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

10 Jul 2019

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette....

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