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Cream of Tartar

6 Nov 2017

Cream of tartar is close to the heart of any organic chemist because the study of this compound by Louis Pasteur in 1848 was pivotal in leading to the understanding of the three dimensional...

Can baking soda really absorb odors in the fridge?

30 Oct 2017

Smells of course are caused by volatile compounds which stimulate receptors in our nose. There is a large variety of such compounds with a great diversity of molecular structures. But many of the...

That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles

30 Oct 2017

"That's the way the cookie crumbles!"  How often have you heard that expression?  It is usually a statement of disappointment which may be paraphrased as "tough luck."  But why does a cookie...

Firing a Gun at Seeds

26 Oct 2017

Scary pictures circulating online would have you believe that scientists use a syringe to inject DNA into food. Don’t be silly. They use a gun....

The Science Behind the World's Most Popular Drug

18 Sep 2017

Last year I worked at a coffee shop on McGill campus. If you ever want to feel appreciated at work, try putting on the first pot of coffee for a bunch of sleep deprived college students and...

What is In Vitro Meat?

26 Jul 2017

A dinner-time conversation with an outspoken vegan or an evening browsing through Netflix documentaries will tell you that we have a huge meat problem. Livestock production imposes a serious burden...

The Science of Taste: why are people picky eaters?

25 Jul 2017

Everyone has come into contact with a picky eater. And almost everyone has tried to coax these picky eaters into getting them to try something new. “How do you know you won’t like it if you’ve...

Japanese Delicacy

2 Jun 2017

Odori-don, also known as dancing squid rice bowl, is a Japanese delicacy. This dish features a whole intact and dead squid served fresh on rice, and uses soy sauce to create a disturbing illusion...

Adding Salt to Pasta Water

13 May 2017

Every good chef knows to add salt to your water when making pasta, but the reason for this addition might surprise you. Adding salt to water actually raises the boiling point of the water, due to a...

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