Tagged: chemicals

The deregulated interregnum - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 16, 2018

E-cigarettes in New Zealand are in a really interesting spot right now. Last year, the then National-government signalled that a new legal regime for vaping was on its way. At the time, importation of nicotine-containing vaping liquids for personal consumption was allowed, but retail sale within New Zealand was not. That wasn’t to say it didn’t happen, but you kinda … Read More

Nerve agents: what are they and how do they work? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 12, 2018

Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are in a critical condition in a hospital in Salisbury, UK, following exposure to an unknown nerve agent. Several locations in the city have been cordoned off and decontaminated … Read More

Nomenclature nonsense, chemical fail - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Apr 11, 2017

On the stuff page today, Dr Libby was asked how someone could reduce their exposure to chemicals. While she distinguished between ‘natural’ & ‘synthetic’ chemicals, sadly, ‘natural’ doesn’t always equate to ‘safe’ or ‘good for you’ (as the list of plants growing in the Poison Garden in the UK makes clear). Similarly, there may be no difference … Read More

Those "Scary" Chemicals Again - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 26, 2013

Below is an excellent article by Professor Joe Schwarcz of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society addressing the paranoia about “chemicals” in our food and environment. I don’t think Einstein had chemical anxiety or the number of chemicals in our urine in mind when he famously stated that “not everything that counts can be measured and not everything that … Read More