November 2011 Entries

The Crooked House

Agatha Christie's "The Crooked House" is a great story. The plot revolves around an elderly tycoon who requires daily insulin shots. He also suffers from glaucoma for which he has been prescribed eyedrops. Everything is fine until someone in the "Crooked House" switches the eyedrops with the insulin. Murder most foul! Does the chemistry make sense? Let's do a little detective work of our own. [To read more click on Title.]

Formaldehyde in Baby Shampoo-Crunch the Numbers, Crunch the Scare

It is a very small molehill. But to the folks at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) it seems more like Mount Everest. This organization’s recently released report features a cute baby smothered in lather, sitting in a bathtub under the headline “Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic.” What is this all about? Acrylic monomers leaching out of the tub? Lead in the water? Chemicals out gassing from the shower curtain? Reactions to mould on the grout? Nope. [To read more click on Title.]

Rat Scan

The dog has been called man’s best friend. But rats certainly have never been referred to in that endearing fashion. Yet, they can save lives as well as dogs; maybe even better. How? By using their remarkable sense of smell. Dogs of course have a great sense of smell. A lady’s dog saved her life a couple of years ago by constantly sniffing at a mole on her leg which turned out to be a malignant melanoma. [To read more click on Title.]