November 2010 Entries

The Lowdown on Antioxidants

Chances are that if you haven’t heard chapter and verse about antioxidants in recent years, you’ve been spending too much time in the butcher shop. These highly publicized substances are found in fruits and vegetables and can neutralize free radicals, those rogue molecular fragments produced whenever we inhale oxygen. We can’t live without oxygen, of course, but there is a cost to be paid for living with it: illness and eventual death! [To read more click on Title.]

Polycarbonate is Polyfunctional

You really have to do something major to have a street named after you. You can thrill the world with music, you can make an impact in politics, you can become a star athlete, or like Daniel Fox, you can invent a plastic. Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield Massachusetts is a tribute to the man who gave the world polycarbonate, a plastic that was to profoundly alter our lives. [To read more click on Title.]

The Myth of Vampires and Porphyria

It is always interesting to speculate on the origin of a folkloric tale, especially one that is as widespread as that of the blood sucking creature of the night known as the vampire. Many societies have tales of the undead who come back from the great beyond to torment the living, but our image of the vampire is generally based on Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Bram Stoker’s sanguinary count. Dracula had a pale complexion, was sensitive to sunlight, feared garlic, [To read more click on Title.]