Writer and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov is published in 9 of the 10 categories in the Dewey Decimal System en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Inventor Ray Kurzweil takes 150 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea every day and drinks several glasses of red wine a week in an effort to "reprogram" his biochemistry so that he might live longer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
The chemical Formamide has been proposed as an alternative to water that could support life with alternative biochemistries to that currently found on Earth. It can be formed with hydrogen cyanide and water, has a large dipole moment, and dissolves almost everything that dissolves in water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Pornstar Mika Tan has a degree in biochemistry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow double-majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale. The Wall Street Journal calls him the "the smartest man in baseball, if not the entire world." online.wsj.com/news/artic…
Craig Breslow, a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
At age 8, child prodigy Michael Kearney earned an Associate of Science degree in Geology; a bachelor's degree in anthropology at age 10; and his master's degree in biochemistry at age 14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The singer of the Descendents holds a PHD in biochemistry

Milo Aukerman went to the same school as Arnold Schwarzenegger and received a PHD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milo_Aukerman

Isaac Asimov had a PhD in biochemistry and he wrote a fake scientific paper regarding the properties of thiotimoline (invented compound) just to exercise in dry writing for his thesis io9.com/5887014/meet-thio…
"Dr Doak" in the Facility level of Goldeneye 64 was named after David Doak, who had a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford, and was one of the game's designers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A Canadian biochemistry study showed that a "shaken, not stirred" martini contains more antioxidants than a traditional stirred one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Spiderman was featured in an anti-drug comic book series in 1993. In the first issue, Spidey helps a kid's hockey team say "NO" to drugs comics.org/issue/86054/
There is speculation that there might be life on Venus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
Dexter Holland (Lead singer for the Offspring) is a candidate for a PhD in microbiology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dex…
Scientific papers are incredibly interesting until you actually start reading them.

Honestly, it's more that I'm relearning this every time I have to read a new paper for my biochemistry seminar at college. These things are MURDER on your attention span.

Cigar smoke is more alkaline than cigarette smoke, enabling easier absorption of alkaloids such as nicotine via the mucous membranes in the mouth, as compared to cigarette smoke.

If you're looking for another "popular science" article/publication, this isn't it. However, you just may learn a thing or two about the chemistry of drugs.

The alkalinity (high pH) of the cigar smoke enables the mucous membranes of the mouth to absorb nicotine in the same way that people "free-base" crack-cocaine and other substances. Anything with a nitrogen atom can exist in a free-base for or a salt form. Salts, however, do not pass through mucous membranes in the mouth very well (e.g. you can't absorb salt into your body by gargling table salt water in your mouth). My best guess is that the higher pH can be attributed to the greater density of nitrogenous heterocycles (like pyridines, which would yield a higher overall smoke pH) found within this unrefined tobacco. Processing of tobacco in normal American cigarettes probably protonates/destroys a chunk of these basic amines.

Also, another fun fact is that you can practically free base any drug that would have "_____ * HCl" in th

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How to turn a jaundiced corpse bright green

while reading my chemistry for embalming book today, smack dab in the middle of learning about factors affecting reaction rates, i learned that:

"...Even when special chemicals are used, photochemical reaction is possible. If an embalmed, jaundiced remains is exposed to ordinary fluorescent lights, the remains will turn bright green in a matter of a few hours. The reason for this change is the lack of one component of visible light in ordinary fluorescent lamps. This condition may be avoided by the use of "color-corrected" fluorescent lights that do not lack this component of light. In fct, the color-corrected lights will produce a photochemical reaction resulting in a pink tint of the skin." (thanatochemistry: a survey of general, organic and biochemistry for funeral service professionals, james m. dorn and barbara m. hopkins, 2010)

the more you know...

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