Stop the presses – sugar doesn't melt, it decomposes. This news would make Willy Wonka giddy with delight. Not only is this a revolutionary discovery, it also means caramels will be tastier and pharmaceutical companies can tout with confidence that a spoonful of sugar will help the medicine go down.
I'm sort of a germaphobe. I get grossed out if I have to touch the door handle of a public restroom, I am leery of Laundromats and can't stand when hand towels are damp – that just means I have re-wash my hands and let them air dry.
We are in the middle of the YouTube Generation. Anyone can create short films and disseminate them to the masses with relative ease. Want to learn how to change a tire? Need to fold a napkin so it looks like a swan? Interested in feedstocks derived from biomass to make...
I fully admit that I sometimes take for granted how things work. I know that without science and technology, much of what I do and enjoy everyday wouldn't be possible. But I don't give enough credit to the behind-the-scenes magic.
Each June brings memories of graduation. I remember the day I walked across the stage to accept my high school diploma – how full of promise the future seemed. I also remember listening to our valedictorian and salutatorian speeches and realizing that these folks really had a bright future.
There are myriad good things about the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), including the many creative ways businesses in the chemical industry choose to celebrate. The most recent tip of the hat to IYC is from Elsevier, publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.
Do you consider yourself a chemistry geek? What about a technology geek? It's OK – you're among friends here. After all, the site you're on is devoted to chemical processing practices, trends and applications – it's pretty safe to say you have a bit of geek in you.