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April 16, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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FOOD
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.
NEWS
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.
MAGAZINE
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.
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
September 24, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Cancer researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., have been studying the DNA in tumors called glioblastomas - hoping, ultimately, to help find a cure for the disease.   They haven't found that yet, but they may have come across something else scientists are seeking: an enzyme that could help companies make nylon without depending on fossil fuels. Duke researcher Zachary Reitman and colleagues reported Sunday in the journal Nature Chemical Biology that inserting glioblastoma genes into yeast allowed them to make an enzyme called 2-hydroxyadipate dehydrogenase - a molecule chemists need to make adipic acid, a key ingredient in nylon, from sugar.  Today, adipic acid, which is produced in vast quantities, is made using petroleum products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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