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Dangers of Diethylene Glycol: The Poison that Keeps on Killing

January 7, 2023|

Throughout history, diethylene glycol poisoning has been a regular occurrence, with fatalities from consuming the chemical arising once every few years. Despite our knowledge of the dangers of diethylene glycol (DEG), why does this chemical [...]

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11 Laboratory Chemicals Also Useful for Home Cleaning

January 1, 2023|

Chemists know the best chemicals for keeping their lab clean, but many of these reagents are also useful for removing dirt and stains at home. We look at 11 of the best lab chemicals that [...]

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Hereditary Vs. Congenital? How Genetic Disorders Differ

December 12, 2022|

We often confuse hereditary, congenital and genetic disorders with each other, using these terms interchangeably to describe diseases. How can we correctly classify these disorders? We break down the differences between these medical jargon and [...]

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How Does a Pressure Gauge Work?

November 20, 2022|

Found in a range of different machines—from fire extinguishers to engine oil—pressure gauges are simple yet valuable contraptions. They measure the pressure of a liquid or gas within pipelines and containers, ensuring systems around the [...]

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Why Household Insecticides Don’t Kill Spiders

November 8, 2022|

If you’ve ever sprayed insecticide on a spider, you might have witnessed it simply shrugging it off and continuing its merry way. Household pesticides commonly contain pyrethroids, compounds that disrupt nerve cells in animals. So [...]

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Living Longer with FOXO3, The Gene of Youth

November 4, 2022|

Improving human longevity and quality-of-life has always been an important field of scientific research. Access to medicine, healthier lifestyles and proper nutrition have drastically improved life expectancies in the last century, but what if the [...]