By Joe Schwarcz

From Beethoven's connection to plumbing to why rotten eggs odor like sulfur, the technical motives incorporated during this medical primer take on ninety nine chemistry-related questions and supply solutions designed to notify and entertain. What jewellery steel is unlawful in a few ecu international locations? What does pass over Piggy need to do with the realm Cup? How can a cockroach be faraway from a human ear? The quirky info provided comprises medical savvy, functional recommendation, and a laugh anecdotes

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Dr. Joe and what you didn't know: 177 fascinating questions and answers about the chemistry of everyday life / Joe Schwarcz. Includes index. ISBN 1-55022-577-4 1. Chemistry—Popular works. I. Title. S374 2003 540 C2003-902203-X Copy editor: Mary Williams Cover design: Guylaine Régimbald—Solo Design Cover illustration: Peter Till/Getty Images Interior design and typesetting: Yolande Martel Interior illustrations: Brian Gable Author photo: Tony Laurinaitis Production: Emma McKay Printing: Transcontinental This book is set in Stempel Garamond and Koch Antiqua.

15. Why do some people pee red after eating beets? —— Beets are pretty interesting — and not just because about 15 percent of people who eat them produce colorful wastes. For one thing, they are an excellent source of sugar. Their high sugar content was first noticed in 1747 by Andreas Marggraf, a German apothecary who had been using beets as a laxative. He was struck by their sweet taste. One of his students, Franz Karl Achard, decided to grow several beet varieties to see which produced the most sugar.

Roebling, didn't appreciate the severity of the problem. In 1872, after spending twelve hours breathing pressurized air in a submerged caisson, he lost consciousness and became permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Over a hundred other bridge workers were afflicted by the bends, and three died. The same problem plagued the builders of the Holland Tunnel — the first subway tunnel under the Hudson — until E. W. Moir installed decompression chambers at the work site. Moir realized that a victim of the bends could be treated by being placed inside a high-pressure chamber.

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