Chemicals & Chemistry

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes another growing season. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake; reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes; and protect against certain cancers. With all these benefits, why do some consumers choose to avoid produce? Approximately three-quarters of people in the U.S. don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Drilling reveals record from a time when the Dead Sea was deader.
If you live in California, you're probably sick and tired of see idiotic warning labels every time you turn around. It's almost entirely due to Proposition 65, which has produced unending headaches without helping anyone. A couple more — for food colorings and soda – could be your future. Label these legislators stupid.   
While M&Ms melt in your mouth but not in your hands, the mysterious element, gallium, does both. It has some rather unique and interesting properties. If you find you're playing Final Jeopardy, and the topic is "Stuff About Gallium," this could come in awfully handy. Otherwise, not so much. But it's still cool.
"Lying" is considered one of those words civilized people should never say. That's why politicians never use it. Instead, their opponents are "misinformed" or "misspeaking" or "using alternative facts."  Well, the time for civility is over. Journalist -- if we can actually call him that -- Danny Hakim is lying to you. And it's not his first rodeo, either. He's built quite a track record for himself at the New York Times, publishing distorted information about GMOs and comparing agricultural pesticides to "Nazi-made sarin gas." 
Why are strawberries, spinach, and 10 other nutritious fruits and vegetables killing us? Because of pesticides, says the clueless Environmental Working Group, whose mission is scaring you about perfectly safe and healthy food. 
Here's a new study that answered a question for which no answer was needed. Do people pee in pools? How about bears? To find out, you'll have to waste three minutes of your time.
Are bees facing extinction as many environmental advocacy groups and some scientists claim. And are neonicotinoid pesticides the key reason behind their health problems, as many activists, and some news reports suggest?
No matter the evidence, some people always will refuse to accept it. Some of those people are university professors, like Joel Moskowitz, who is on a crusade to prove that California is secretly hiding data that shows cell phones are giving people cancer.
The Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council wants WiFi restricted in state schools because of cancer concerns. Just two problems with that: (1) Officials have no idea what they're talking about, and (2) officials have no idea what they're talking about.
The amount of plastic garbage floating our oceans is staggering. Once its there, it's just about impossible to remove. The key is to prevent it from getting to the ocean in the first place. Dell Computer has initiated a pilot program that identifies areas where plastic is most likely to be discharged, collects it, and uses the material for shipping its products. Good for them.
Do you want to know how to make VX gas? Ask a chemist. Or look online. Just don't try it because a variety of things will happen—all bad.