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A Treatment for Chemophobia

Guest Blog By Festival X-STEM Speaker and Expo Performer  Dr. Joe Schwarcz “Hey, aren’t you somebody?” the teenager queried as I got into the elevator. While I was pondering an appropriate answer to this deeply philosophical question, his crony spilled the beans: “Yeah, he’s that guy who talks about chemistry on TV.” This was just…

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the science of the paranormal from X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24 ! Hear from this noted professor of chemistry from Canada’s McGill University and how he uses his multi-faceted skills as a chemical scientist, magician, author, food expert and…

Upcoming Stage Shows at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of STEM, is just one month away! This FREE and open to the public event will take place April 26 & 27 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Over 250,000 attendees will experience the weekend of a lifetime with 3,000 hands on exhibits, 150…

From the Manchineel to the Yew, Trees are a Source for Good or Evil

Guest Blog by Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Joe Schwarcz PhD According to Talmudic tradition, a wise rabbi once proclaimed that if a person planting a tree were told that the Messiah had arrived, he should finish planting before going to greet him. That of course was long before there was any awareness of the important role trees…

Popping Off about Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker The malt flavouring is gone! Celiac sufferers are no longer limited to listening to the snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies! They can actually eat the cereal that has been music to the ears of legions since 1928 but has…

Geyser Gets a Little Help From Chemistry

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker Yellowstone National Park’s iconic “Old Faithful” geyser is pretty faithful. It can be counted on to erupt every 50-90 minutes. Iceland’s “Great Geysir,” from which all other geysers get their name is less reliable. It was mostly dormant for sixty five…

Beauty Encapsulated

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker They sold out after just four hours. And they weren’t even hotcakes. They were just little capsules. But these capsules came with a nifty promise. Pop some, and wrinkles, those fearsome hallmarks of aging, would be ironed out from the inside!…

“Liquid Silver” Can Tarnish Life

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker Physicians today are unlikely to encounter “Gilder’s palsy.” Nor are they likely to diagnose a patient with “hatter’s shakes.” But prior to the twentieth century these ailments had to be considered when a patient presented with tremors, irritability, increased salivation and…

Beep..beeep….It’s Moscow calling!

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker The “beep..beep..beep” sounded innocent enough, but it shook America to its very core. Why? Because it was coming from outer space! No, the military personnel monitoring radio signals did not pick up a transmission from aliens. This beep was coming from…