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Archive for June, 2007

Living Chirality

Posted by David Bradley on June 15th, 2007

LeucineYet another possible explanation for the bias in life’s handedness – the fact that nature uses mainly only form of the building blocks of proteins – comes from Dutch chemists experimenting with the sublimation of amino acids.

Living chirality…

Extracting the Urine

Posted by David Bradley on June 12th, 2007

Gamma butyrolactoneAccording to a recent report in Wired, agents at the FBI labs in Quantico, Virginia, have discovered that chilled samples of urine can spontaneously produce the drug GHB (gamma butyrolactone), commonly known “liquid E” and a well-known date-rape drug involved in an increasing number of what the FBI terms “drug-facilitated sexual assaults”, or DFSA.

Find out more in extracting the urine…

Kitty Crack

Posted by David Bradley on June 8th, 2007

Nepetalactone catnipOver on the excellent Instructables site, talbotron22 (aka Logan Sandmeyer) has found a way to extract the active ingredient, nepetalactone, from catnip (Nepeta cataria, also known as catmint) and so create a product that is essentially skunk for cats.

What is kitty crack?