Category Archives: Molecule Monday

Molecule Monday features various chemicals in the news & typically includes a video of the molecule as a stereo pair.

NSAIDS-Inflammation
Relief To The Rescue

Inflammation, we’ve all had it at one time or another. It can be something as simple as swelling to something more painful like a headache, arthritis or gout. Surprisingly,  many can be treated by NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs).

Many are familiar over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen but there many more available now and with so many choices which to use?
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Pumpkin Beta Carotene
The Eyes Have It

Today is Halloween & what is more iconic than a pumpkin carved into a Jack o’ Lantern? The orange colour is due in part to beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. It turns out that pumpkins do more than help ward off blindness or evil spirits, they may also protect us from other undesirables.  For more, read on…

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Ammonia-A Versatile Chemical

Ammonia is about as simple as molecules get. Ammonia, like methane, water and carbon dioxide, consists of only 2 different elements. Yet, this otherwise unassuming molecule helped give rise to life on Earth and has many important industrial uses. For a brief overview, read more below. Continue reading

Aspartame Sweetener
Made from Amino Acids

Aspartame has been in the news again. Pepsico, which dropped aspartame from its diet Pepsi formulation over a year ago has reintroduced it. The motivation to remove it was driven by the bad press aspartame had received over the years which was thought to have impacted sales. It turns out that the aspartame version has a loyal following which persuaded Pepsico to backtrack. For more on what the controversy is all about…
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