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A feast of science : intriguing morsels from the science of everyday life
Schwarcz, Joe, author.
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Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
324 pages ; 21 cm
"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.
General Note:
Includes index.
Information and misinformation -- Infomercials provide slanted science -- Seinfeld heats up -- Laundry and TV sleuths -- The mysterious island -- Nutty scares about Nutella -- Dubious tidings of doom -- Blowing in the wind -- Fish genes and tomatoes -- Neonics and bees -- Natural fallacies -- Natural cures -- Leg cramp relief. Really? -- The power of the mind -- Conjuring up remedies -- Cancer and carny tricks -- No magic in quack cancer treatments -- A circulating nonsensical email -- Spoon-bending fiasco -- A Houdini low point -- Tornadoes, rainbows, and chemistry -- Hijacking chemistry -- A toxic cleanse -- The real Flintstones -- Tesla: a spark of genius -- Sulfur's colorful past -- Seeing through the smoke -- Bacteria are not always bad -- Don't take a deep breath -- Phosphides and bedbugs -- Methylene blue magic -- Arsenic archives -- Socks, wallpaper, and arsenic -- A rat poison that can cure -- The Nuremberg chronicle -- A rabbit out of a hat -- Taking pulse -- Ether frolics -- Dealing with the plague -- Lauding morphine -- The power of heat -- A bloody good yarn -- Memories of Linus Pauling -- The intoxicating science of wine -- Crystallography sheds light on molecular structure -- Brushing up on toothbrush history -- Sorting out starches -- Getting down to earth -- Barking up the right tree -- Forest bathing -- Hops, beer, and estrogen -- Condom technology -- Tampons on a mission -- Saving Apollo 13 -- Singing about science -- the skinny on skin science -- Slimey science -- Easter Island may provide clues to aging -- A tale of telomeres -- Science sniffs at body odor -- Perfume and TNT -- Goat stench -- Preserving preservatives -- Antibacterial concerns -- Snakes and snakeroot -- Sugar isn't so sweet -- Bitter about sugar -- Sugar consumption -- Some beefs with beef -- Plastic packaging pros and cons -- Plastic problems -- Blankets, balloons, and space suits -- Bagging plastic bags? -- BPA research--when is enough enough? -- Plastination controversy -- The rise of baking powder -- Ikarian longevity -- Boosting brainpower -- Cadmium dangers -- A matter of taste -- Spreading kindness -- Oats vs. Pop-Tarts -- Emulsifiers on trial -- Shake shake -- Boning up on collagen -- Tea time -- Lithiated water -- Eating bacon is not the same as smoking -- Nutritional guidelines--theirs and mine -- Jeans to purify air -- Amazing charcoal -- A fashionable address -- Final thoughts.
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