Beer’s bitterness and your health

Yay, more beer-related science! This time, it’s around the chemistry involved in that lovely bitterness in beer. As it turns out, this bitterness is provided by a class of chemicals* called alpha acids, which are to be found in the resin of mature hops. For those living in New Zealand and enjoying the local craft […]

Overly honest scientists

Ahhhh, scientists.  As I’ve mentioned before, they can, indeed, actually be amusing. Shock, horror, etc… /waits for people to get back onto their chairs Right, so, just quickly, two amusing topics from the last few days, both on the subject of being, well, overly honest.   overly honest cover letter ‘Tis a busy time of […]

A very kitchenesque CT scanner

From awesomely-educational website Hack A Day comes a particularly wonderful,  if oddly gruesome, piece of science/tech hacking.   Mad chap Ben Krasnow has built a ‘build something mad on your kitchen table’-type version of a CT scanner. CT scanners, as you will remember, take X-rays of an object and then put them all together to […]