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Fifty years ago today, a Swiss scientist named Albert Hofmann was fiddling with a chemical in his tidy laboratory when he inadvertently ingested a bit of his brew. Wooziness seized him, then came a "dreamlike state" and "an intense kaleidoscopic play of colors." Quite by accident, the bespectacled chemist had just experienced history's first acid trip. Astounded by the episode, Hofmann concluded that he had fathered a drug with wondrous potential for psychotherapy and brain research.
June 18, 2013
Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
February 9, 1986 | Associated Press
A University of California chemist believes the root bark of an African tree may provide a method of birth control for cockroaches. Isao Kubo hopes that lacing roach food with a chemical called anacardic acid, found in the bark of the msimbwi tree, could be the answer. "If we can feed it to them, it's a new way of control," he said before presenting his findings recently in Miami Beach to a meeting to the American Chemical Society.
August 2, 1992
If each vehicle is to carry 32 10-volt battery packs, how about the disposal of lead acid in the batteries? That's 32 gallons of it per vehicle to be discarded each year. If California's 20 million vehicles produced 640 million gallons of non-recyclable waste annually, would it be poured into the ocean or allowed to sink into the soil? RON OEHLKERS Venice Marla Cone responds: Lead acid in batteries is recycled, so there should be no significant disposal problem.
December 20, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Move over, omega-3s . There's a new fatty acid in town that might make you healthier. Something more closely associated with creamy pleasure than with fish burps. Trans-palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid that circulates at higher levels in the blood of those who consume lots of full-fat dairy products, may protect against diabetes, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine . That surprising finding may fly in the face of much nutritional advice that warns us against consuming too much whole milk, cheese or other sources of animal fat. But it comes from a study of 3,736 adults participating in the long-running Cardiovascular Health Study . It also proceeds from a suspicion that researchers have had for a while, but found difficult to prove: that the fatty acid palmitoleate, which humans produce in their liver and fat, and consume in dairy fats, may play a complex role -- beneficial and harmful -- in regulating metabolism . By measuring just the palmitoleate that came from consumption of dairy fats, researchers were able to discern the side of this fatty acid that may contribute to good health.
October 22, 1987 | Associated Press
Five members of the environmentalist group Greenpeace scaled Mt. Rushmore today as part of a campaign against acid rain, and an eyewitness said three were taken into custody. All five were arrested while trying to unfurl a large banner.
August 2, 1985 | From Associated Press
A Rembrandt masterpiece, damaged by an acid-throwing vandal at the Hermitage museum in Leningrad, is undergoing restoration by art experts, Pravda said Thursday. Experts initially feared that the painting, "Diana Is Saved", had been damaged beyond recognition. "Today, one can say with confidence that people who live in Leningrad and those who come to visit the city will be able to see the work of the great master made in 1636 in its place again," the Communist Party said.
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