Using Booze Around the House For a Colorimetry Experiment

For years, my wife and I have had lots of alcohol around the house that we haven't drunk. A few months ago, I realized that very small amounts make an excellent solvent to wash off the writing from our calendar. But yesterday I came up with an even better idea. On Friday she brought home... Continue Reading →

Comet Lovejoy Spewed Alcohol and Sugar: an Interview

I created a transcript of a  Quirks and Quarks' Bob McDonald- interview with NASA's Stefanie Milam. It's been slightly edited, and in brackets are my own detailed additions for those interested in learning a little more chemistry. Milam is a chemist by profession with a specialty in rotational spectroscopy. In the recorded interview, her enthusiasm for her research is apparent and contagious.... Continue Reading →

Drugs: Simple Solutions Won’t Cut It

The legality of a substance of misuse is not correlated with its perceived harm. This was the conclusion of a 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal. The data was based on consultations with 292 addiction specialists and psychiatrists working with substance misuse across Scotland.  The "combined harm" includes damage to both the individual drug user and society at... Continue Reading →

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