How often do you touch your face? In this installment of 'Healthy Habits', we ask whether or not reducing how often you touch your face can actually help prevent your next cold.Read More
What better way to start off the year than with a Molecules of the Month theme of poison/venom. In this article, I break down [literally] the distinction between poison and venom, down to the chemical components.
What does it take for an organism to be poisonous/venomous? Why are some organisms more deadly than others?
It is often said that a loaf of bread only needs four ingredients. One of those ingredients is actually a living organism with a fascinating history and a close relationship with humans. What is it and why is it necessary to make good bread? Find out in today's post!Read More
Most everyone understands the joy of instant gratification, especially in the form of cake. Our latest guest poster, Michael Akroush, explains how hyperbolic discounting and society's view on the evils of high-fructose corn syrup helps us give in to instant gratification.Read More
Kenny introduces Microbial Highlights, a new FTDM series exploring microbial diversity featuring unique artwork by Steffen Poltak. Notorious for ruining alcoholic beverages made from apples since Roman times, Zymomonas mobilis is now gaining momentum in the Biotch industry as an alternative to yeast for biofuel production. Read on to learn more about "cider sickness" and how may just be the solution biofuel needs.Read More
An international team led by researchers at Berkeley published the first detailed photos of ultra-small bacteria that push the boundaries of membrane-bound life and change our view of the microbial world. How did the researchers accomplish such a feat and just how small is ultra-small? Read on to learn more!Read More
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it. Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype?
This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.
We brush it, scratch it, and cut it every day. We use it for warm clothing and protection, but how much do we know about it? What is "it"? It's a protein known as keratin. Take a peek at this helpful infographic to learn more!Read More
Those of us living in temperate climates are all too familiar with the change of the seasons, but how much do we know about the biochemical changes that result in this vivid change in scenery? This FTDM post describes one of many molecules involved in leaf color composition: anthocyanins.
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