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January 2, 2014

New Strain of C. botulinum Produces the World’s Deadliest Poison

Poisons have long fascinated us both for their power and intrigue. For example, the story of the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra is told in a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History called “The Power...

December 24, 2013

Video of the Week: Marvelous Snowflakes

This week, those who live in the northern hemisphere will cross their fingers in hopes of a dusting of snow for the holidays. Everyone loves snow for making snowballs and snow forts, plus a blanket of...

December 18, 2013

Solving practical problems with basic physical chemistry: Ruth Benerito

This fall, science lost one of its great inventors, Ruth Benerito (January 12, 1916 – October 5, 2013), chemist at USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. Benerito held more than 50 patents, but she...

December 2, 2013

On this Day in 1942: Initiating the World’s First Nuclear Chain Reaction

On this day 71 years ago, physicists Enrico Fermi and Léo Szilárd, along with Martin Whittaker, Walter Zinn, George Weil, and Arthur Compton, gathered together in a squash court under the west stands of the University...

An African Globe Lily Cell During Mitosis

November 27, 2013

From Tiny Cells, Mighty Organisms Grow

It’s hard to imagine that each of us–the millions of cells that make up our our bones, muscles, blood vessels, organs, and the rest of of our complex, living bodies–had such tiny, humble beginnings. But all...

October 1, 2013

Survival of the most cooperative?

In discussions of evolution, the phrase “survival of the fittest” is uttered so often that it would be easy to assume competition among organisms is the only driver of evolutionary change.  But in fact, cooperation among...

Boy with hoirseshoe crab

September 10, 2013

Video of the Week: How Horseshoe Crabs Help Prevent the Flu

In case you missed the drum beat of news reports, warnings from pediatricians, and signs at your local pharmacy: flu season is coming!  While getting a flu shot (or enduring the flu itself) is a far...

March 14, 2013

The Chemistry of Snack Food: Why Are Those Chips So Tasty?

You sit down to your favorite TV show with a large bag of cheese puffs. Losing yourself in the exciting plot, you start snacking away. You are not quite sure whether it is the salty, slightly...

Grand Canyon with Snow

January 1, 2013

Big Moments in Science 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again: time to look back and reflect on everything that transpired during our latest trip around the sun.  In 2012, there were plenty of moments (or in some cases extended...

Blue and white pills

November 29, 2012

Controversy in Science: Can We Trust the Data from Clinical Trials?

“Clinical trials are powerful tools; like all powerful tools, they must be used with care.” — From Sponsorship, Authorship, and Accountability, an editorial endorsed by The International Committee for Medical Journal Editors Clinical trials to test...