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 →

Plant Chemistry Quiz

Unless they're food on the table or part of captivating scenery, plants are under-appreciated. Even fewer people care for the intricacy of their biochemistry or realize how in tune they are with their environment. Here's a short quiz written for nonspecialists who nevertheless have a curiosity for what goes on below the surface of leaves and... Continue Reading →

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