Nov
30
2012
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How does the naming of amino acids relate to camel dung?

camel-dungAround 500 types of amino acid are known, but why are they so-named? Amino is the adjective of amine—not to be confused with anime! Amines are compounds (or parts of compounds) built around a nitrogen atom that can spare a couple of valence electrons. Amines are derivatives of ammonia, from which they get their name [more...]

Jul
05
2010
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Why is water wet?

water-sand-wet-handTo understand why water is wet, we first need to know what “wet” means. Obviously, for something to be wet it must be a liquid so that you can feel it as you run your hands through it. Carbon dioxide isn’t wet. Gravel isn’t wet. But for something to be wet, it must also stick [more...]

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