Category: Everyday Science

Everyday Science articles explain the science behind common phenomena, such as what makes methanol toxic? Or why the color blue is so rare in nature?

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Soaking Up the Sun: The Chemistry Behind Sunscreen

It’s that time of the year again when longer days and warm sunshine beckon us outdoors. Promising progress of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts has led to the palpable hope that this summer will not be like the last, spent physically isolated...

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Why We Love Sweet Foods but Hate Vegetables

Throughout our evolutionary history, our ancestors faced numerous challenges that impeded their survival, such as hostile climates and potential predators. In terms of food, they also faced two distinct types of dangers. On one hand, food is essential to sustain...

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The Chemistry of Cats and Catnip

If you didn’t already know, cats love catnip (also known as catmint)! The mere smell of the plant drives many felines into a state of euphoria, strangely eliciting the same sequence of playful behavior. The catnip response highlights a unique...