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Is it true that bilberries are good for the eyes?

12 Apr 2019

It seemed that the bilberries improved the pilots' night vision and made them more successful in dogfights. Or so the story goes... But - “Fake News!” because there is no documented evidence that...

What is the difference is between regular candles and dripless candles?

29 Mar 2019

Candles are one of the oldest forms of generating light. Any flame, of course, is a source of light so candles emerged from a search for materials that could burn for a long time. Nobody knows who...

Is It True That Perfumes Contain Aborted Fetal Tissue?

22 Mar 2019

This is not to say that fetal material, specifically fetal cells, do not play a role in the manufacturing of some products. They often do. But it’s not as simple as vaccines containing crushed-up...

Should I be adding collagen to my diet?

15 Mar 2019

I was slightly taken aback the other day when a friend looked over and casually remarked that perhaps I should start adding collagen to my morning smoothie. Immediately my antennae went up. I work...

What is the pink deposit that is sometimes seen in toilets and around sinks and bathtubs?

8 Mar 2019

Serratia marcescens love a moist environment but cannot survive in chlorinated water. However, when tap water sits around, like in a toilet bowl, or on grout, or on a shower curtain, the chlorine...

Why is the shelf life of white chocolate so short compared to that of dark chocolate?

15 Feb 2019

Dark chocolate contains plenty of naturally occurring antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are absent from white chocolate. Actually, “white chocolate” isn’t really chocolate because it does...

Can you be obese but still be healthy?

8 Feb 2019

In medical speak we talk, not about being fat, but about overweight or obese. We define being overweight as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25, and obesity as having a BMI over 30. Obesity is...

How do they make chocolates with a liquid centre?

25 Jan 2019

The secret lies in the chemical behaviour of beta-fructofuranosyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside. Don't worry, that's just the chemical name for sucrose, or ordinary table sugar. Sucrose is a ...

Is Dental Floss Toxic?

18 Jan 2019

A recently published paper in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology managed to create a great deal of public angst about using some types of dental floss. “This is the...

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