ROCK, PAPER, SCISSOR

piedra papel tijera
Rock, paper, scissor. If Santa Claus brings you these things next Xmas, I bet you will feel annoyed and frustated beating the bushes for real gifts. Santa is as mad as a hatter. Are you kidding me?
Rock with erosion holes in it

 

 

Focusing on geochemistry of rocks, it turns out that granite, limestone or esmerald are the same thing: silicate.

silicates

emerald

Nevertheless, there aren´t emeralds hereabouts. For this reason, it is a pricey gift.
After all, a rock doesn´t seem so bad.

 

 

 

Fiesta :)
Paper isn´t a tough task. In fact, I am sure it might be the common present every Xmas. By the way, I have just received a book and feel excited to read it.
tickets
Books, tickets for concerts, sports, theater, shows or family events are    becoming in a superb idea. You aren´t keen on receiving a piece of paper to write, however you will be over the moon because of a expensive ticket to your favorite concert.

All of them are made of cellulose in spite of different uses.

 

 

Scissor is a useful tool and is up for grabs. Children, adults, mum, dad manage scissor quite a lot. Regardless of need, it ain´t a nifty present.

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Scissors are composed of carbon, silicon, manganese and chromium. Changing amounts from metal and non-metal elements, you may create gorgeous things such as instruments, key-ring and jewels.

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Although that gift is as ugly as sin, don’t look a gift-horse in the mouth.

Chemistry has come full circle.

fibonacci xristmas

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Spain, twelve points

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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony finished last Thursday and the spaniards were protagonists.
NUTRITION PRIZE [SPAIN]: Raquel Rubio, Anna Jofré, Belén Martín, Teresa Aymerich, and Margarita Garriga, for their study titled “Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages.”
REFERENCE: “Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages,” Raquel Rubio, Anna Jofré, Belén Martín, Teresa Aymerich, Margarita Garriga, Food Microbiology, vol. 38, 2014, pp. 303-311.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740002013001548
They isolated 109 lactic acid from infant faeces as a potencial probiotic for fermented sausages (Out of my diet!!)

It not only this year. As a matter of fact, spanish were winners in three times.

The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

CHEMISTRY: Antonio Mulet, José Javier Benedito and José Bon of the University of Valencia, Spain, and Carmen Rosselló of the University of Illes Balears, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for their study “Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature.”
REFERENCE: “Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature,” Antonio Mulet, José Javier Benedito, José Bon, and Carmen Rosselló, Journal of Food Science, vol. 64, no. 6, 1999, pp. 1038-41.
. The most reliable temperature interval to carry out ultrasonic measurements in Cheddar cheese is identified as 0 to 17 °C. (My oven reaches higher temperature, tasty!)

The 2002 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

HYGIENE: Eduardo Segura, of Lavakan de Aste, in Tarragona, Spain, for inventing a washing machine for cats and dogs. What a funny fairground ride!

The 1993 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

LITERATURE: Eric Topol, R. Califf, F. Van de Werf, P. W. Armstrong, and their 972 co-authors, for publishing a medical research paper which has one hundred times as many authors as pages. [The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 329, no. 10, September 2, 1993, pp. 673-82. The authors are from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.]

 

To be winner you need to beat your brains out and try not to botch it up.

Long life to weird science ¡

Weird Science #18 (1953) Cover by Wally Wood

CUMPLEAÑOS FELIZ

Mi tarta de cumple
Pero quimidices, Un año ya!!! Parece mentira pero hoy se cumple un año del primero Post. Ahora toca daros las gracias y hacer balance para cumplir muchos años más.

Fuegos artificiales

agricultura ecológica para el químico: donde se compara la agricultura ecológica y convencional y se habla de la tendencia a profesionalizar la agricultura ecológica y hacerla más sostenible.
Bienvenido Ununpentio: le damos la bienvenida a este nuevo elemento que todavía no tiene nombre y aún está “de alquiler” en la tabla periódica
Siria con S de Sarín: protagonista desgraciadamente el gas sarín y demás agentes tipo G.
The Ig Nobel Prizes: Son los anti-Nobel de la investigación organizados por la revista de humor científico AIR.
La Grieta Negra: se trata un tema que tenemos ya en casa: Fracking y la contaminación del suelo
Ig Nobel Prize winners: continuando con la noticia de Ig Nobel, abrimos un listado de ganadores incluyendo , por supuesto, al anti- Nobel de química.
New Chemical Risk Assessment Network: WHO organiza un fórum de expertos en materia de Riesgos químicos, como contaminantes en Aire o protección ante radiación en medicina.
The City in the Middle of the Crystal Sea: es un video precioso sobre cristales de tiosulfato de sodio pentahidratado. Tenéis que verlo.
NUEVAS NOMATIVAS AL CANTO: las nuevas normativas a implantar son la normativa ISO 14046 (huella hídrica) e ISO 9001:2015, ambas integrables con la familia 14001 (gestión ambiental).
ENTRE BOSONES Y QUARKS: un verdadero listado de fantasmas antimateria.
Green Dreaming: Transition Towns: abrimos la ventana y observamos las “ciudades en transición”, sostenibles, ecológicas y creciendo cada vez más.
ALERTA, EDCs A LA VISTA: el bisfenol A y demás aditivos en plásticos preocupan tanto a la comunidad científica como al ciudadano de a pie.
EL LÁSER, QUÉ JOYA! : una explicación básica del inicio del láser y los interesantes usos que se le pueden dar. Nueva Guía de Alérgenos : AESAN publica una guía de alérgenos en industria alimentaria.
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious bees: varios pesticidas complican la vida a nuestras amadas abejas y Marla Spivak nos toca la fibra.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Los contaminantes en el aire y sus métodos de detección.
COMER SIN MIEDO I : A todos nos preocupa lo que comemos y si existe algún riesgo biológico.
LED O NO LED : bombillas, luces, TV poseen esta tecnología basada en los semiconductores.

COMER SIN MIEDO II: segunda parte de los riesgos en alimentación, en este caso, los riesgos químicos,
PCBs, LO QUE NO VES: por qué es importante no tirar electrodomésticos en desuso.
VEREDICTO: QUÍMICA CULPABLE : los peores lugares en el Mundo debido a la contaminación.

RACHEL CARSON: THE POWER OF THE NATURE: aniversario de la muerte de la defensora del Medio Ambiente QUÍMICOS QUE VIENEN Y VAN : el tratado TTIP permitirá la circulación de contaminantes y productos químicos entre EEUU y Europa.

ABRACADABRA: SALMON EN EL PLATO : el primero animal genéticamente modificado

PERDIENDO EL NORTE EN EL SUR : la brújula gira hacia el Sur para señalar una nueva contaminación en potencia.
Fumada o comida : qué pasa cuando se fuma o cocina los cannabinoides

CONMIGO SÍ, CONMIGO NO : un alegato en defensa de los niños, que piden investigación farmacéutica para ellos, un en defensa de animales, para que no experimenten con ellos.

ARSÉNICO BUENO, HOMBRE MALO : no todo lo químico es malo: el Arsénico tiene su parte buena y su parte mala.
JUNK UP TO THERE: un poema que habla de la cantidad de desechos que lanzamos fuera de órbita terrestre.

MAR, PONNOS LAS PILAS!!! : cantidad de pilas acumuladas en el fondo del mar.
CUERPO HUMANO 3.0 : consiguen un implante craneal con una impresora 3 D.
MERCURIO FUERA: El por qué se retiran los termómetros y otros dispositivos médicos con mercurio.

GLP: Dándole gas al coche: nuevos combustibles que dejan de ser ciencia ficción y llegan a nuestras calles
Día del libro: un homenaje al libro a través de un pequeño memorial técnico lleno de colección de tablas, fórmulas y reglas prácticas para ingenieros, arquitectos o militares.
CrOMO Ponerse en tus zapatos: ACOESAN impide la importación zapatos con cromo y os explicamos cómo llega este metal a nuestros pies.
MAMÁ, QUIERO SER ANTIGUA EGIPCIA: como excusa: el descubrimiento del uso de agua para construir las pirámide. Enlazamos con la donación de colección bibliográfica personal de Hans Goedicke y el proyecto Djehuty.
OMÉGATE, AMIGO: Hablando de los ácidos grasos y el análisis sensorial.

JEANS LEJOS DEL AGUA: Hay que evitar lavar los vaqueros por lo contaminantes que van al agua

Medusa: plan B: y ¿por qué no comer medusas?

CACHITOS DE BROMO SIN HIERRO El laboratorio también puede ser ecológico y verde gracias a los líquidos iónicos.

La canción del verano: cuidado con la comida: Hablando de la seguridad alimentaria en esta época estival, pero las pautas sirven para todo el año.

VERANO AZUL: ¿Sabías que, además de banderas azules, existen banderas negras? Y contaminantes emergentes
NO HAY HUEVOS EN EL CONGRESO al león del congreso le falta un huevo, asi que nos toca hablar de soldadura
Droga caníbal: el rum rum de la calle se termina aquí: La molécula de MPDV y como detectarla.

MI AGÜITA AMARILLA: ¿sabes lo que hacen con tu muestra de orina? Muchas cosas

DRUGS AT THE PEARLY GATES: como entran fármacos y drogas en nuestro organismo

¿Qué visión tienes de la Química?: una encuesta sobre la visión de la Química con resultados interesantes

H2O2: LICENCIA PARA MATAR: son las herramientas para desinfectar y esterilizar.
RADÓN ES LA RAZÓN: abandonamos las cuevas con mucho pesar y la culpa es del radón.

DRUGS AT THE PEARLY GATES

Drugs

If Drugs were humans, their Heaven would be located in the brain.

Drug is a substance intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. It is able to affect the structure or function of the body, for example acting on neurotransmitter transporters or blocking ion channels.

Today is the birthday of Edda Adler Graschinsky, Argentine Chemist and senior researcher from CONICET. She was awarded Konex Foundation 2003 and her scientific research focus on releasing and uptaking of the neurotransmitter because of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids have also been associated with beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Edda_Adler-Graschinsky

st. peter's pearly gates
When you see the Golden Arches, you’re probably on the road to the Pearly Gates.

drugs

Drugs as nicotine, morphine (alkaloids) or lidocaine (synthetic organic compound) have moieties in common (alkyl substituents, amide). On account of this, drugs are given advantage to cross the border (cell membranes) or receptor binding.

drugs redux

Drugs entry into the nervous system to the brain at tthe same way as a soul in front of Saint Peter. The frequency of nerve impulses is the important parameter in brain to test drugs effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Drugs are Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Let´s learn the effects on the body.

 

JUNK UP TO THERE

space

Titanium, boron, Iridium are debris
flying in freedom around the Earth,
beside floating wreck asteroid,
creeping together in singular wreath.

space

China, Rusia and America
fight over owner of spacecraft.
None of them will clean up,
it is a sacrifice too tough.

space

We keep waiting for solution,
meanwhile threat increases
space trash doesn´t appease
breaking apart optical illusion.

RACHEL CARSON: THE POWER OF THE NATURE

Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964)
2014 is the anniversary of Rachel Carson´ s death. She was biologist, zoologist and writer of scientific divulgation books such as “The Edge of the Sea” or “Silent Spring”. She fought on behalf of Environment and achieved the important goal: get rid of DDT.

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
― Rachel Carson

Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.
Although it was a milestone in the history, we have learned nothing. DDT continues being threat for nature in the world.

DDT

DDT
DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a pesticide once widely used to control insects and eradicate diseases such as malaria.

DDT was created by Paul Müller, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1948, and was banned in 1972 because of damage to wildlife. But it is still used in some countries especially in areas with endemic malaria. We are unable to figure out what is happening yet.

Large amounts of DDT were released into the air and on soil or water when it was sprayed on crops and forests to control insects. DDT and other forms, DDE and DDD, may also enter the air when they evaporate from contaminated water and soil.
It persists in the soil for hundreds of years. DDT disappears faster when the soil is flooded or wet than when it is dry.
In surface water, DDT will bind to particles in the water, settle, and be deposited in the sediment. DDT is taken up by small organisms and fish in the water. It accumulates to high levels in fish and marine mammals (such as seals and whales), reaching levels many thousands of times higher than in water.

You are exposed to DDT, DDE, and DDD mainly by eating foods containing small amounts of these compounds. Unusually, exposure to DDT could also occur through inhalation during the handling or application of DDT.

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Robert W. Every, 1948
DDT is included in the Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution protocol on POPs (CLRTAP-POP).

http://www.rachelcarson.org/
http://www.environmentandsociety.org/exhibitions/silent-spring/overview