Why Potassium is Essential to Life

In life forms, in between cells, no other positive ion is more prevalent than potassium (K+) . The easiest way to collect it is from ashes. If you let water pass through a cloth holding ashes, the water will dissolve some of their compounds, especially potassium carbonate and create a yellowish solution. Evaporating the water will... Continue Reading →

Defying Stereotypes: Sir Humphry Davy

If a biographer of Humphry Davy wanted to reinforce the scientist-stereotype, he would emphasize how a young Davy was turned on to chemistry by reading Lavoisier's book and how he was discharged from an apothecary for causing explosive reactions. He would mention his bad habit of inhaling gases, which probably helped shorten his life to... Continue Reading →

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