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A feast of science : intriguing morsels from the science of everyday life / Dr. Joe Schwarcz.
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9781770411920
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, [2018]

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324 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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"An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of 16 bestselling popular science books. Crave answers? A Feast of Science demystifies the chemistry of everyday life, serving up practical knowledge to both inform and entertain. Guaranteed to satiate your hunger for palatable and relevant scientific information, Dr. Joe Schwarcz proves that "chemical" is not necessarily synonymous with "toxic." Are there fish genes in tomatoes? Can snail-slime cream and bone broth really make your wrinkles disappear? What's the problem with sugar, resistant starch, hops in beer, microbeads, and "secret" cancer cures? Are "natural" products the key to good health? And what is "fake news" all about? Dr. Joe answers these questions and more. Cutting through the fat of story, suggestion, and social-media speculation, A Feast of Science gets to the meat of the chemical reactions that make up our daily lives"--Provided by publisher.
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An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of 16 bestselling popular science books

Crave answers? A Feast of Science demystifies the chemistry of everyday life, serving up practical knowledge to both inform and entertain. Guaranteed to satiate your hunger for palatable and relevant scientific information, Dr. Joe Schwarcz proves that "chemical" is not necessarily synonymous with "toxic." Are there fish genes in tomatoes? Can snail-slime cream and bone broth really make your wrinkles disappear? What's the problem with sugar, resistant starch, hops in beer, microbeads, and "secret" cancer cures? Are "natural" products the key to good health? And what is "fake news" all about? Dr. Joe answers these questions and more. Cutting through the fat of story, suggestion, and social-media speculation, A Feast of Science gets to the meat of the chemical reactions that make up our daily lives.


Author Notes

Joe Schwarcz is a professor of chemistry and director of the Office for Chemistry and Society at McGill University. He lives in Montreal.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Information and Misinformationp. 9
Infomercials Provide Slanted Sciencep. 17
Seinfeld Heats Upp. 19
Laundry and TV Sleuthsp. 22
The Mysterious Islandp. 26
Nutty Scares about Nutellap. 29
Dubious Tidings of Doomp. 32
Blowing in the Windp. 35
Fish Genes and Tomatoesp. 39
Neonics and Beesp. 41
Natural Fallaciesp. 44
Natural Curesp. 47
Leg Cramp Relief. Really?p. 50
The Power of the Mindp. 53
Conjuring Up Remediesp. 55
Cancer and Carny Tricksp. 58
No Magic in Quack Cancer Treatmentsp. 62
A Circulating Nonsensical Emailp. 65
Spoon-Bending Fiascop. 68
A Houdini Low Pointp. 71
Tornadoes, Rainbows, and Chemistryp. 74
Hijacking Chemistryp. 77
A Toxic Cleansep. 80
The Real Flintstonesp. 83
Tesla: A Spark of Geniusp. 86
Sulfur's Colorful Pastp. 89
Seeing Through the Smokep. 93
Bacteria Are Not Always Badp. 96
Don't Take a Deep Breathp. 99
Phosphides and Bedbugsp. 103
Methylene Blue Magicp. 105
Arsenic Archivesp. 109
Socks, Wallpaper, and Arsenicp. 112
A Rat Poison That Can Curep. 115
The Nuremberg Chroniclep. 118
A Rabbit Out of a Hatp. 121
Taking Pulsep. 124
Ether Frolicsp. 127
Dealing with the Plaguep. 131
Lauding Morphinep. 134
The Power of Heatp. 137
A Bloody Good Yarnp. 140
Memories of Linus Paulingp. 144
The Intoxicating Science of Winep. 147
Crystallography Sheds Light on Molecular Structurep. 150
Brushing Up on Toothbrush Historyp. 154
Sorting Out Starchesp. 157
Getting Down to Earthp. 160
Barking Up the Right Treep. 163
Forest Bathingp. 166
Hops, Beer, and Estrogenp. 169
Condom Technologyp. 173
Tampons on a Missionp. 176
Saving Apollo 13p. 179
Singing about Sciencep. 182
The Skinny on Skin Sciencep. 186
Slimy Sciencep. 189
Easter Island May Provide Clues to Agingp. 192
A Tale of Telomeresp. 196
Science Sniffs at Body Odorp. 199
Perfume and TNTp. 203
Goat Stenchp. 205
Preserving Preservativesp. 208
Antibacterial Concernsp. 211
Snakes and Snakerootp. 215
Sugar Isn't So Sweetp. 218
Bitter about Sugarp. 221
Sugar Consumptionp. 224
Some Beefs with Beefp. 227
Plastic Packaging Pros and Consp. 230
Plastic Problemsp. 234
Blankets, Balloons, and Space Suitsp. 237
Bagging Plastic bags?p. 240
BPA Research - When Is Enough Enough?p. 243
Plastination Controversyp. 246
The Rise of Baking Powderp. 249
Ikarian Longevityp. 253
Boosting Brainpowerp. 256
Cadmium Dangersp. 259
A Matter of Tastep. 262
Spreading Kindnessp. 266
Oats vs. Pop-Tartsp. 269
Emulsifiers on Trialp. 272
Shake Shakep. 275
Boning Up on Collagenp. 278
Tea Timep. 282
Lithiated Waterp. 285
Eating Bacon Is Not the Same as Smokingp. 288
Nutritional Guidelines - Theirs and Minep. 290
Jeans to Purify Airp. 293
Amazing Charcoalp. 296
A Fashionable Addressp. 298
Final Thoughtsp. 303
Indexp. 308

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