The Hangover Continues: the morning after the night before

The Hangover Continues: the morning after the night before

Even a few hours’ sleep are not enough to erase all the alcohol consumed the night before, and if you ever experienced anything like this before, you probably woke up with a massive headache and dry mouth, not to mention an inability to even consider eating anything. In addition, a confused and dazed brain has trouble … [Read more...]

What is an Element? [part 2]

What is an Element? [part 2]

Last week we looked at what chemists class as an element and how that classification has changed throughout history, from very basic understanding of indivisible matter to relying on atomic number. Now, let’s have a closer look at some properties, starting with the all-important atomic number. Atomic number vs. … [Read more...]

The Rough Chemistry of Hangovers!

The Rough Chemistry of Hangovers!

After a glass of Champagne, a whisky and a couple of cocktails, we’re probably starting to feel a little “happier”. Cheeks are rosy, inhibitions are coming down and euphoria levels are high! This is the start of what doctors call alcohol intoxication, and happens when alcohol consumption overwhelms the liver and this … [Read more...]

The chemistry of Cocktails: potatoes, absinthe and eggs!

The chemistry of Cocktails: potatoes, absinthe and eggs!

You may not see many references to Margaritas or Vodka Martinis in scientific papers, but the basis for most cocktails are strongly rooted in chemistry. Riding on the “culinary train” of molecular mixology (which does not apply only to food, but also to drink!) let’s find out a little more about the scientific principles … [Read more...]

What is a Chemical Element? [part 1]

What is a Chemical Element? [part 1]

The most modern version of chemical element defines these entities as pure substances made up of only a single type of atom distinguished from other elements by their individual atomic number. So, for example hydrogen (H) is an element, but water (H2O) isn't. Elements can be sub-divided into metals, nonmetals and … [Read more...]