Molecule of the Month: The Most Dangerous Game.

Molecule of the Month: The Most Dangerous Game.

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?

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Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

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.

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Molecule of the Month: Something Sweet.

Molecule of the Month: Something Sweet.

How can salt and sugar look identical, but taste entirely different?  What makes sugar taste sweet and why is that a taste we crave?  Check out this month's post on molecules, going into the nitty gritty of these questions, to find out!

Photo credit: simplenutritiontips.com

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Molecule of the Month: Dads.

Molecule of the Month: Dads.

Okay, dads aren't exactly molecules, but with Father's Day just passing I couldn't resist.  This post strays away from the typical list of all the great dads in the animal kingdom.  Instead, we explore some of the lesser-known information when it comes to human dads.  An alternative Father's Day FTDM post, if you will.

Take a gander.

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Molecule of the Month: Something Salty.

Molecule of the Month: Something Salty.

Some of you may have heard of our Mutualism of the Month theme. Congratulations on coming across our first post for Molecule of the Month!    

What is a molecule, you ask?  It can be defined simply as a neutral group resulting from two (or more) atoms binding.

This month, I'll be discussing a molecule we know all too well...perhaps?  Na-Cl (sodium chloride), also known as salt.  Why do we need salt?  How is it formed?  Where does it come from?  All this, and more!

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Water's the matter?

Water's the matter?

Water plays a (very obvious) role in our everyday lives, but how often do we consider its source?  This post is a quick and informative overview in deciphering where your water is coming from, where it's going, and how much of it we can continue to "drink up" at the rate we're currently at - with a little Biochemistry mixed in too, of course!

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