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2013 Ig Nobels: Modified Onions Mean No More Tears; Unpredictable Cows

Earlier this month the world celebrated the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The Ig Nobel Prizes are organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association.

Tattoos – Not Just For Bikers Anymore

Tattoos have become commonplace – especially for the under-40 crowd. Artwork that was once reserved for military folk, tough-as-nails bikers and jailbirds has found its way to the skin of bankers, lawyers, doctors, journalists and chemists.

Visual Periodic Table Features Fun Elements

As the senior digital editor for Chemical Processing, it is my duty to stay on top of new trends. One of the new trends is Bing Visual Search. (Bing is Microsoft's entry into the search universe and is attempting to steal some of Google's market share.)

Catalog Features Humorous Gifts For Chemical Engineers

I receive a lot of mail-order catalogs. I'm certain the avalanche is due to the one item I actually purchased several years ago. Now every catalog known to the civilized world is delivered to my mailbox.

Understanding The Chemistry Of Cooking

One of my guilty pleasures during the workday is to visit ScienceDaily. The Web site has so many interesting stories all relating to science. I guess I shouldn't feel too guilty, I work for Chemical Processing, which is a science-based publication. And ScienceDaily has an area dedicated to chemistry.

Cartoon Caption Winner: The Cartoonist Becomes The Cartoon

Congratulations to Kevin A. Wilke for submitting the winning caption to the latest cartoon from award-winning cartoonist Jerry King.

Researchers Develop Magnetic Mixing Technique

File this under the Totally Cool category: Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new way to mix tiny volumes. Researchers use microfluidic devices for testing in bio labs and as micro-reactions cells for chemical sensing and fluid analysis.

And The Winning Cartoon Caption Is. . .

It's time once again to announce the Comical Processing cartoon caption winner. This cartoon was the catalyst for myriad funny responses. Everything from the H1N1 virus to world domination and poking fun at Speedo underwear.

Revealing The Science Behind A Better Education

I recently read an article that talked about President Obama's potential plan to lengthen the school day and/or eliminate summer breaks for American kids.  Based on the fact that many U.S. kids are falling behind their peers in other countries when it comes to test scores, it may be...

Cartoon Caption Winner: Pop Culture Provides Laughs

I find it interesting how social media has taken a firm hold on society. Even my 72-year-old mother knows about Twitter and Tweets – which is saying a lot because she doesn't usually care much about technology. And popular culture confuses her.