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What Is Washing Soda?

Washing soda is often used to remove stains from clothes. However, it is not the same as washing detergent. It is also nothing like baking soda, which is also used to remove stains. (Are you confused yet?) Washing soda is an alkaline with the chemical formula of Na2CO3. It is sometimes called...

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What Is Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan gum sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it actually has quite mundane origins. The term actually comes from a kind of bacteria called Xanthomonas campestris. This bacteria is the culprit behind the icky, black rot that can form around leafy vegetables and cauliflower...

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What Are Amino Acids?

Amino acids are the building blocks of life. These “protein blocks” combine to create chains that make up 75 percent of the human body. Without amino acids we would not exist—nor could we survive. Amino acids are crucial for practically every bodily function. In fact, almost all of the chemical...

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What Are Beets?

Beets (“beta vulgaris” or common beet in Latin) are a kind of plant that were endemic to the Mediterranean but now flourish in several parts of the globe. They are quite easy to cultivate since they adapt well to different environments, except those that have extreme hot or cold temperatures....

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What Are Enzymes?

According to the science of biology, living things are differentiated from non-living things by their capacity to perform chemical reactions that help them survive. This can be found in even one-celled organisms, which—despite their very simple structures—can actually have hundreds of these reactions...

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What Are Gizzards?

Gizzards are actually stomachs – or actually, the second stomach of birds. Since birds don’t have sharp teeth, they need to break down their food with small stones that they ingest and then store in their gizzard. Gizzards are used in cooking, and is grouped along with beef tripe and pork intestines...

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Brain Scan Leads Experts to Ethical Debate

Brain scan issue leads experts to ethical debate in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday, June 7, 2010.  Researchers have determined that brain scans, already utilized in U.S. death row trials, could potentially be used to exploit people's thoughts and preferences.  Delegates, neuroscientists,...

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Genetically Modified Salmon Nearly Ready for Supermarkets

Genetically modified salmon is nearly ready for supermarkets.  AquaBounty Technologies, a Waltham, Massachusetts based business, has completed five of the seven steps required by the Food and Drug Administration to be able to sell genetically modified salmon in supermarkets across the United...

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Researchers Blame Cell Phones for Decline in Bee Populations

Researchers blame cell phones for decline in bee populations.  A group of scientists from the British Bee Association have noticed a sharp decline in bee populations in the United Kingdom.  As of 2009, bee populations dropped by 17 percent in the United Kingdom and nearly 30 percent within...

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Chupacabras Killed in Texas, With Sightings Elsewhere

Chupacabras have been killed in Texas with sightings elsewhere.  Frank Hackett, a Hood County Animal Control Officer found one chupacabra in a barn the week of July 5th, 2010.  Hackett found the animal in a barn and shot it to death when it growled at him.  10 miles away, rancher...