Synthetic marijuana interview by Dirk Hanson, The Chemical Carousel
Sep23

Synthetic marijuana interview by Dirk Hanson, The Chemical Carousel

A hearty welcome to readers arriving via referrals from Dr. Vaughan Bell at Mind Hacks and Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast. We’ve been writing about synthetic marijuana science and regulation for almost two years and have been impressed by the widespread interest. For more information, click here for a handy compilation of our writing on the subject.   I’m always tickled to death to be asked to talk about natural...

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Kitchen Chemistry: Rose Jelly. Sweet!
Sep16

Kitchen Chemistry: Rose Jelly. Sweet!

Today, we bring you a fun, educational guest post from our friend and colleague, DrRubidium, a chemist researching and teaching on the Pacific Northwest. You can follow her on Twitter at @DrRubidium – DJK. This summer, I began experimenting with jams and jellies, whipping up sweet and savory spreads in my kitchen laboratory. Blackberry, strawberry, grape, pineapple, tomato herb… rose? After tasting rose jelly at a local...

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Norman R. Farnsworth, grandaddy of medicinal plant research, passes at 81
Sep13

Norman R. Farnsworth, grandaddy of medicinal plant research, passes at 81

Professor Norman Farnsworth, a true giant of pharmacognosy research, left us on Saturday night in Chicago. Farnsworth was Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the institution where he made his mark over the last 41 years studying the medicinal properties of agents from natural origins. In 1982, he established the UIC Program for...

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