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The Masked Kids Are Alright

25 Feb 2022

It is easy to raise the spectre of science to scare people. Talk about a new vaccine technology messing with your DNA and you’ve conjured up instant anxiety. It is an especially potent technique...

Is there any point in drinking oxygenated water?

23 Dec 2021

Oxygen is critical for life and that also makes is susceptible to chicanery. If oxygen is so essential that the brain is permanently injured after just four minutes of deprivation, then surely more...

Can someone really suffocate from being covered with gold paint like Jill Masterson in Goldfinger?

28 May 2021

No. We do not breathe through our skin. James Bond seemingly was unaware of this fact given that after discovering the golden corpse he tells M: “She died of skin suffocation, it’s been known to...

Let's Puncture Some Myths About Masks

3 Jul 2020

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

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 Colour of Meat

3 Jan 2019

It’s a different world today, especially if you shop for your meat at a supermarket. You select your cut, pre-packaged meat from the refrigerated case, and the butcher who prepared it may not even...

The Right Chemistry: What is "Liquid Oxygen"?

2 Aug 2018

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz discusses 'Liquid Oxygen'

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