Most people know about the strange smell that asparagus gives off after it has been, ahem, processed by some humans. Yet other humans aren’t able to smell the odor at all. That makes asparagus an unusual marker for the intricacies of genetic variation.
For starters, pennies aren’t made with as much copper as they used to… Copper is a commodity similar to lumber and oil. It’s price has exploded in the last 10 years. It’s this reason why many new construction homes forgo copper plumbing.
Science for solving problems that science created 😉
Mercury in water can damage food and water supplies and in the worst cases even kill. Now, a team of Australian researchers has stumbled across a material made from industrial waste and orange peel that can suck the metal right out of H20.
Looks like Tropicana and other juice companies can start selling off their peels if they haven’t turned them into marmalade. But there’s rumor that orange peels and pulp are being fed to cattle and chickens to reduce salmonella infections…
Water hyacinth, a weed in just about every water way, also removes mercury and other heavy metals from the water passing through it. The question then is how do you dispose of the metal laden water hyacinth?
So how do you dispose of these freaky red diaphragms once they are contaminated? Guess we need to make more thermometers?
Tellurium is usually found stuck to various metals in the ground. It forms ores with gold, silver, copper, and lead. When refining these metals, some unfortunate people have come into contact with purified tellurium—and exposure means you reek of garlic for weeks.
People who cook garlic have sometimes been alarmed to see their garlic turn green, blue, or turquoise as it cooked. What the hell happened? Bacterial infestation? Poison added by assassins? Actually, it was just chemistry.
If you love cooking with garlic, you know it does a lot of good in recipes by helping build flavor — but its strong odor can linger for hours, especially on our hands. We’ve all been in the situation where after preparing a wonderful meal, we’re left with the stench of garlic on our fingers — yuck! There are a few tricks people often recommend to eliminate the smell: lemon juice or vinegar, rubbing your hands with salt, or even using toothpaste! But those don’t work — all they do is mask the garlic smell. So what does really work? Stainless steel.
Stainless steel, of all things, has been shown to remove the odor of garlic. Kitchen gadget companies have even created stainless steel bars shaped like soap for removing kitchen smells from your hands. But using any stainless steel surface works, too. Try your stainless steel kitchen sink or faucet — just hold your hands under cold running water while rubbing the stainless steel for 10 seconds. Voila, the smell will be gone.
It works, but not for the reason the article supplies. Sulfur does not react with water, even at elevated temperatures. And sulfuric acid is odorless (provided you don’t consider the burning an odor), and sulfur is also inert with regards to steel. Whoever wrote that doesn’t science very well.
If you have a stainless steel sink, just rub your hands on that.
For fish, wash your hands with spearmint tooth paste.