Latest Video

Agent Orange – The Synthesis of 2,4,5,-Trichlorophenate – #3

  The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so [...]
Random Blog Post

Some People Just Don’t Get the MSG

by Myles Power in Blog

If I were to ask you how many basic tastes there are, I would guess the vast majority of you would answer four. Bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and sweetness. And you would be wrong, as there is a fifth taste called umami. The name umami derives from the Japanese word for “delicious” and, despite us all tasting it daily, was not discovered until 1908. The man credited with its discovery was Kikunae Ikeda, a chemistry professor working at the Imperial University of Tokyo. Ikeda noted that a [...]

8 Comments

Pictures