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Is there a legitimate medical use for camphor?

31 Mar 2022

It wasn't so long ago that mothers would treat their children's colds by hanging little bags of camphor around their necks. The strong medicinal smell probably had some effect in opening up...

Learning From The Movies

18 Mar 2022

Both groups struggled with the same problem. How to extract and purify a chemical that is part of a complex mixture? For researchers led by Dr. Frederick Banting at the University of Toronto in...

A Real “Breaking Bad” Story

3 Dec 2021

As a chemistry professor, I find it particularly appalling when a member of the profession goes astray. That is just what Professor Bradley Allen Rowland did at Henderson State University in...

The Antivirals are Coming!

12 Nov 2021

I continue to be amazed by science. The ability to predict to the second when an eclipse will occur at a specific location in the world, the know-how to build a jetliner that requires the cohesive...

Is it true that the Beatles wrote a song about LSD?

15 Oct 2021

"Tangerine trees and marmalade skies" are to be found in the lyrics of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," one of the Beatles' greatest hits. Some have claimed that the first letters of Lucy, Sky and...

Injections Follow the “Location, Location, Location” Cliché

29 Jan 2021

The fear of needles is a remarkably common phobia. According to different studies, it is reported in 14 to 38% of adults and in 33 to 63% of children. Even those of us who simply dislike injections...

The Risks of Mixing Driving and Cannabis

10 Dec 2020

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette.

The head baker of the Titanic spent two hours in frigid water and emerged with only swollen feet!

3 Jul 2020

In the early hours of April 15th, 1912, over the course of 2 hours and 40 minutes, the RMS Titanic sunk. It’s believed that upwards of 1500 people died in the accident, however, amongst the...

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