Coffee Chemistry

Like many others out there, I require at least one cup of coffee a day to function – in fact I am drinking a cappuccino as I type this. Interestingly, there is more chemistry involved in the brewing and consumption of coffee than just getting your caffeine fix. We also explore death by coffee, because that’s what the masses want. Right?

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On Having a Penis (Bone)

Technically speaking, a human penis can’t actually be ‘broken’. That’s because it’s made up not of bone, but of soft, spongy tissue. But what about animals? Do our close and not-so-close relatives possess boney penises? And if so, what is the function of a penis bone? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think.

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How To: Graphs

Virtually all scientific reports and articles deal with numbers of some sort, and what better way to represent large amounts of data than on a well made graph? Unfortunately not all graphs are created equal; this post will introduce the basics of graph building and common pitfalls to avoid.

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New Approaches to Peptide-Based Drugs

Pharmaceutical AbbVie’s Humira for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis recorded sales of USD 16 billion in 2016 alone. As the pharmaceutical industry as a whole looks beyond small molecules to biologicals as therapeutics, there has been increasing interest and investment in research in the biotech sector. In this post a new approach to synthesizing small peptides is outlined, featuring an abstract written by a chemist doing active research in this area. Exciting Stuff!

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Chemistry is A Piece of Cake

When you think about it, baking involves a lot a of precision: measuring, timing, a certain gracefulness which yields a delectable product. And yet, few pastry chefs deem it necessary to understand what happens at a molecular level throughout the baking process. And what in the world is gluten??? That ends here; welcome to the chemistry of baking.

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Methane – From Cows to Greenhouse Gas

A cow farts, and the earth warms. Atmospheric and environmental chemistry is becoming ever more relevant in this day and age; since the Montreal Protocol in 1989 began to phase out the use of CFCs, people have realized that climate change is something that we humans are able to influence.

But seriously, how much of an impact can cows have on climate change…?

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