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The Right Chemistry: The history of decaffeinated coffee

14 Sep 2018

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz discusses the history of decaffeinated coffee

The Origins of Soda Water

15 May 2018

In 1874, thirty five men solemnly gathered at a grave sight in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. They had come to lay the foundations for the American Chemical Society, which would eventually become...

Getting Stoned

16 Jan 2018

Ever wonder about how that stone washed effect is achieved on blue jeans?  By washing with stones, that's how.  The fabric is placed into large industrial washing machines together with volcanic...

Sweetened Condensed Milk Was Popularized By Soldiers

22 Nov 2017

Gail Borden Jr first condensed milk in 1853 in an attempt to create a milk product that was shelf stable. He opened 2 factories to produce his product, but both ultimately failed, and it wasn’t...

Happy National Magic Day

31 Oct 2017

Halloween is a time when witches fly, black cats prowl and zombies rise from the grave.  But it is also a time for magic.  No, not supernatural charms, spells or incantations but the time honoured...

Book Review: Pandora's Lab

4 Oct 2017

An idiot is dumber than an imbecile, who is dumber than a moron. The word “moron” was first derived from the Greek in 1910 to identify individuals with an IQ score between 51 and 70. It may sound...

Ideas to Reanimate the Dead Are Dead Wrong

20 Jun 2017

Reviving the dead using stem cells and electrical impulses sounds more like a plot for a Hollywood sci-fi movie than a process grounded in reality. And yet, that is exactly what a Philadelphia bio...

Why is it called upper and lower case?

7 Jun 2017

When you spend hours proofreading and retyping essays, you get to wondering- why do we refer to large letters as upper case, and small as lower case? It’s actually a remnant of a past where...

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