Hot Chili Pepper Chemistry

The English word pepper is ambiguous. Botanically it could be refer to plants that produce black powdered pepper. The angiosperms (flowering plants) who serve as a source of that spice belong to the order Piperales and to the 3600-member family Piperaceae. (Kings play chess only for goodness' sake is a mnemonic for remembering the order of... Continue Reading →

Marcel Laurin Woodland Park

The Marcel Laurin Woodland Park is all too easy to under-appreciate. Drive or cycle by it too quickly, and it could easily go unnoticed because of its size--it's not one of Montreal's largest regional wooded areas. But once inside the woods, one realises that it is a special part of Montreal's parks and protected woodlands, which combine to hold... Continue Reading →

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