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Aluminum

What Element was Once More Expensive Than Gold?

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and the atomic number 79, making it one of the naturally occurring elements with a higher atomic number. It is a bright, slightly orange-yellow, dense, soft, malleable, and ductile metal in its pure form. In chemistry, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. …

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Biologist Tyrone Hayes published an experiment that showed pesticide Atrazine was turning frogs from male to female. In response, manufacturer Syngenta spent years spying on him and conducting an extensive campaign to create a scandal that would end his career.

A Valuable Reputation In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a …

Biologist Tyrone Hayes published an experiment that showed pesticide Atrazine was turning frogs from male to female. In response, manufacturer Syngenta spent years spying on him and conducting an extensive campaign to create a scandal that would end his career. Read More »

Why Did Asbestos Become Popular?

The first case of asbestos-related disease in the lungs was detected in 1899. This was 20 years after the commercial production of asbestos insulation began. By 1935, the first case of asbestosis and lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure was diagnosed. With all the harmful effects of asbestos, you might wonder what the appeal was …

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WD-40 has never been patented as patenting would force them to disclose their recipe.

WD-40 This article is about the lubricant. For the company that manufacturers the product, see WD-40 Company. For the biomolecular structure, see WD40 repeat. WD-40 spray can from Germany WD-40 is the trademark name of a penetrating oil and water-displacing spray. The spray is manufactured by the WD-40 Company based in San Diego, California. History …

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Elmo Zumwalt

How Did Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt III Contract Cancer?

Elmo Zumwalt III is the eldest son of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. He served as a lieutenant on one of his father’s patrol boats during the Vietnam War. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1983 and Hodgkin’s disease in 1985. But how did he contract cancer? After being exposed to Agent Orange while stationed in Vietnam, …

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In 2008, the country of Rwanda banned plastic bags and, in early 2019, banned all single use plastics.

Rwanda adopts draft law to ban single-use plastics Rwanda’s Cabinet last week adopted a draft law seeking to prohibit the manufacture, use and sale of single-use plastics, a move that is expected to affect the operations of importers and local manufacturers. The passage of the draft came ahead of the February 1 EAC Summit, in …

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The tobacco industry managed to shift blame of people falling asleep with lit cigarettes away from their products onto beds and sofas being too flammable getting the government to force flame retardants into all sorts of home products that now are linked to cancer etc.

Tobacco industry linked to proliferation of flame retardants in American homes According to the Chicago Tribune, Big Tobacco is behind the proliferation of flame retardants packed into household products. Flame retardants are a family of synthetic chemicals designed to help petroleum-based materials resist catching fire. Today, flame retardants are so ubiquitous they can be found …

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Why Does Our Skin Get Slippery When We Accidentally Touch Bleach?

Bleach is commonly used in almost every household. It is specifically for removing stains and removing color from clothing or fabric. Some people even use it as a disinfectant for cleaning surfaces. But did you ever wonder why our skin gets slippery when we accidentally touch bleach? The slippery sensation when bleach accidentally gets in …

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