May 102013

In my book The Consumer’s Good Chemical Guide, published in 1994, I wrote about what I called the Boring Diet and this was based on 1000 calories a day. It was boring because you ate the same meals every day for 14 days, at the end of which time you would be guaranteed to have lost [...]

May 062013

Planned obsolescence In the 1960s, Vance Packard wrote The Hidden Persuaders, which surprised and shocked people because it revealed that in the US, companies were deliberately producing products with a short lifespan. It was called planned obsolescence and it was designed to keep the wheels of industry turning so that the mass unemployment in the [...]

May 012013

A condition known as Chinese restaurant syndrome (CRS) appeared in the USA in 1968 and its first victim was a Dr Robert Ho Man Kwok who described its symptoms in a leading medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. He said it had afflicted him soon after he’d eaten a meal in a Chinese [...]

Apr 302013

Alternative energy; but just how much fossil carbon is there? ‘…and what will men burn when there is no coal? Water. Yes, my friends, I believe that one day water will be employed as a fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and [...]

Apr 292013

Hair removal is no longer the preserve of women. Hairy chests, once seen as very masculine, are no longer fashionable, having been replaced by stubble on the chin as a sign of masculinity. So how can chest hair be removed? You can either break it down chemically or pull it out by its roots. Hair [...]