Wine from a Radioactive Age

There's little doubt that a fair amount of good can come out of the synthesis of radioactive isotopes in the fields of medicine and pure research.¬†The most common radioisotope used in diagnosis is technetium-99, with about¬†40-45 million procedures performed annually. Without carbon-14 as a tracer, the pathway of photosynthesis' dark reactions would never have been... Continue Reading →

The Science And Tradition Of Winemaking

Since my last name means "grapes" in Italian, it is fitting that my father and brother are both amateur winemakers. While my dad stubbornly sticks to medieval techniques, my brother, a chemical engineer, makes use of science. But although our understanding of winemaking has deepened, and although additives serve an important purpose, the basic process... Continue Reading →

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