January 2011 Entries

Lots of Clucking about Chicken McNuggets!

I felt I had to write a response to the numerous emails I received after writing a science-based column on Chicken McNuggets. There were some 200 emails, attributable to the column making it onto Yahoo.ca. Some accused me of being paid by McDonalds, some suggested that I must have been paid by the health food industry to attack the company. Here is my response: I’m shocked. And that doesn’t happen easily. [To read more click on Title.]

McNugget Chemistry

The following column has created quite a stir on the web. It ended up on Yahoo.ca and triggered lots commentary, mostly positive but some obscene. Next week I’ll have some comments on the comments. Melodi Dushane of Toledo, Ohio wasn’t concerned about dimethyl polysiloxane or tertiary butylhydroquinone in her Chicken McNuggets, or about the allegation that her tasty morsels were made of 56% corn. Even though it was 6:30 AM, she had to have them. [To read more click on Title.]

The International Year of Chemistry

It isn’t unusual for someone to come up to me after one of my public presentations and sheepishly whisper in my ear that they had failed chemistry in high school. Or that they couldn’t cope with organic chemistry in university. I’m not sure why they feel the need to unburden their soul to me in this fashion, but I hope it has to do with having just heard a lecture about some application of chemistry that, perhaps to their surprise, they found interesting. [To read more click on Title.]