We’ve been breeding the fly Drosophila melanogaster in the lab for decades. We’ve tinkered with their genes — giving them extra legs, curly wings, or odd colored eyes – in pursuit of understanding genetic inheritance and how tissues develop. But until now we didn’t know which chemical made them start to mate.
The hundreds of thousands of chemicals that are packed into our homes and lives are what make modern consumerism possible, keeping our food fresh and our walls from molding. They are also, in many cases, completely untested and backed by giant corporations with a financial stake in their successful adoption.
You know you need to filter, treat or boil water you find in the wilderness. But why? Well, there's a number of answers, starting with words like E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia and Cryptosporidiosis.
Fireball is a ragingly popular, sickly sweet elixir that's taken America by storm. Fireball is also made with propylene glycol, a common ingredient in some antifreezes. That's an unsettling fact, so unsettling that Norway, Sweden, and Finland just recalled the booze. But it's not necessarily as unsettling as it sounds.
This map shows the 9,000 chemical plants across the U.S. where, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a "catastrophic chemical release" could occur. It helps us answer an unsavory question—whether you live near a potentially dangerous chemical plant.
Chemical fires are usually bad, but when they're intentional, controlled and consuming weird Christmas/santa ring pops (is that what that is?) they're easily endorsable. mist8k apparently agrees, because you know what molten potassium chloride does really well? Chemical fires!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane.
You know what I hate about eating? The constant conversation on whether this food is good for you or bad for you. It seems to change everyday! New reports say this will cause cancer. Other reports say the same thing can prevent it. Even awful food that contains arsenic and other toxic chemicals can be somehow…
Caffeine. For most of us, that's the only chemical compound in coffee that's worth a damn. But that's far from the only thing that's hiding in that simmering cup of black (or light brownish) glory that you suck down every morning. Cockroach pheromones? Rotting meat-smell? Check and check. Drink up! [Wired via …
The trickiest part of avoiding exposure to toxic substances is that they're often invisible, odorless, and undetectable to our five senses. And as an alternative to expensive detectors and other electronic sensors, researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in…
Those without a strong stomach should look away now. When Gabriel Morais set to wondering what different foods do to his body, he naturally wondered how different items affect the color of his poop. Here are the results.
Valentine's Day is coming up (it's Thursday I hear), which probably means you'll be eating overpriced chocolate with your sweet loved one or eating fair priced chocolate alone. Either way, have no guilt because chocolate is "good" for you! These five scientific facts about the chemicals of chocolate prove it so. I…
Even with that twisty on/off knob at the end of the barrel, little tykes apparently still have no trouble using spray bottles filled with poisonous cleaning products. So to make them safer for households with inquisitive kids, researchers at the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University have created a…
If you want to scientifically impress your friends tomorrow (or look like a hoity toity smartypants), you can tell them what the color of fireworks really mean. See that explosion of electric white? That's white-hot metal flakes. Gorgeous red array? Strontium Carbonate. It's all about the chemicals, baby.
Why can't a school lunch burger just be a burger? Why does it have to include ingredients (ahem, chemicals) like thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride in it? In the video above, NPR explains why burgers served in school cafeterias have so much crap in them.
New research shows that if your grandmother or even your great-grandmother came in contact with some very common environmental chemicals, you could be suffering the consequences today in the form of male infertility, ovarian disease and the early or late onset of puberty.
For me, dry cleaning has always belonged in a category of miracles, along with color-safe bleach, dry shampoo, and acupuncture. They seem to work, but is it only because we'd like to believe they do? So we decided to take a look past the counter and '80s-style decals to figure out, what is dry cleaning, anyway?
Unless you're a master at 3D and compositing, digitally adding smoke to a photo is a lot harder than adding it practically while you're shooting. And with these instant smoke drops, you can easily create plumes without burning your studio down.
Hey, did you hear the one about the two women fighting in a Wal-Mart? It's a real gas! No, really, that's not a punchline. Two women threw ammonia and bleach at one another and created poisonous gas in a Wall-Mart: