The spectrum of vegetarianism

I've realised that I've only mentioned being a vegetarian once in eleven years of blogging. Don't go saying we drill about it all the time. Anyway, vegeterianism is a very wide concept and the TERMCAT (centre for terminology of Catalonia) have just created an infographic to make things clear. As reducing meat and fish consumption … Continue reading The spectrum of vegetarianism

Sabbatical: basic chemical compounds

After 8 years and over 350 posts, it’s a pity that my posts collect virtual dust at WordPress’s server. So this year I’m bringing back some of the best stuff, which doesn’t disagree with publishing new material. You may have noticed that I care about science and languages. I mean, it's in the title of … Continue reading Sabbatical: basic chemical compounds

Chemists conspiracy: all drinks are the same alcohol

For many, alcohol is just what you drink instead of water—you should reconsider your habits. But have you ever wondered what an alcohol molecule looks like? You might have heard of etanol or ethyl alcohol; both names for the alcohol in drinks. But what is alcohol chemically speaking? Alcohols are organic compounds with an –OH … Continue reading Chemists conspiracy: all drinks are the same alcohol

All that glitters is not butane. Linear alkenes and alkynes

In fact, if it glitters it is surely not butane. Anyway, I meant there's more than alkanes in organic chemistry. For example, do you know what butene and butyne are? If an alkane is a saturated hydrocarbon, an alkene is an unsaturated hydrocarbon (some carbon atoms are bonded to fewer than four other atoms). The … Continue reading All that glitters is not butane. Linear alkenes and alkynes