Cancer victims are far more likely to survive today than just thirty years ago, and new treatments are showing great promise. That is little consolation to those facing cancer today, especially for those unfortunate terminal patients like my friend or those we have already lost.
It might seem like an odd concept to dry something out by adding a water solution like brine, but brine is an extremely high salt concentration. Because this concentration is so much higher than the cells in the pork (or pickles) that it literally draws water out of the cells causing them to dehydrate. No, they won’t dry completely; we’re not talking about making jerky, but they will dry to the point where the cells are no longer able to live. This doesn’t happen just to the cells of the food, though, but also to the cells of any bacteria in the food that can cause food poisoning. When you cook food, you heat it up to kill the bacteria by causing the proteins to denature and disrupt the chemical processes of metabolism. In salt curing, you deprive it of the water it needs to live.
So these CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENTS had ice cream in a cooler with ice. Just ice. And I said to them, “this won’t keep the ice cream frozen; we need to add salt.” These graduate students listened to me as well as people have listened to me my entire life, meaning, they didn’t. “It’ll be fine,” these CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENTS said.
consider the situation in which I am transported to the Renaissance with all of my knowledge from today. How could I convince the local king that I am a valuable wizard to get his protection?
Alcohol is a fabulous solvent. Less polar than water, it will dissolve some substances that would not be soluble in water, but because alcohol dissolves in water, it’s also easily washed away when done.
Professionals should always be held at a higher standard. Attorneys don’t just represent their clients, they’re also agents of the judicial system, and if they have no interest in using their training for anything other than to make money then they should, indeed, be suspended or disbarred.
Organic chemistry has its roots in the Vitalism theory that says that any organic compound can only be made from inorganic elements through the action of some kind of living organism, such as bacteria. This theory was disproved by Adolph von Bayer
As it turns out, a couple of years back a biologist reported the results of a study that suggested that cute is, indeed, a defense mechanism. The results seemed to indicate that predatory animals are less likely to hunt animals that can be categorized as “cute”.
The funny thing is that I really didn’t intend to make this a blog about the theory of relativity, but, apparently, that’s what it has become.
How do we explain self-awareness in the first place? Or is it just an illusion? We learn more and more about the chemical reactions that keep us alive, but somehow, we are more than the collective set of chemical reactions, biochemical structures and firing neurons.