‘And The Rockets Red Glare’: What Puts Color In Fireworks

It is that time of year when my poor dog cowers under the bed as the rocket’s red glare of fireworks is seen and heard across the country. Perhaps I am stealing from my fellow writer and chemist, Dr. Bloom, but I just wanted to share what I had learned about the...

Chillin’ and Grillin’:  Are Charred Meats Safe?

It’s summertime when we fire up our grills and move the cooking outdoors. Whether you use charcoal, propane, or wood as your fuel, scientists have linked the high-temperature cooking of meats to the formation of potential human carcinogens. This may cause some to...

What I’m Reading (June 30)

Scientific writing could use an English major Which is worse, stupidity or malignant intent? Hype and alarmism hype’s evil twin in today’s scientific enterprise. A bright, refreshing wine with a bit of a smoky aftertaste – from the nearby...

SCOTUS Weighs In On Paying for Dialysis

As the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade took all of the oxygen out of the media greenroom, another SCOTUS decision on our healthcare, in this case, over insurance costs, was pretty much overlooked. That’s too bad because, in 2019, it involved slightly more than...

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