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Quinine

quinine. Article #31. Vol 9, pg 862. Quinine, used to treat Malaria, has the distinction of being the first chemical compound to be successfully used to treat an infectious disease.  Quinine is made from the bark of the Cinchona tree and was … Continue reading

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Local Group

Local Group. Article #28. Vol 7, pg 431. The term “local” is clearly relative.  In the context of the astronomical term “local group”, the term “local” doesn’t refer to your neighborhood, your city, country, or even your own solar system.  “Local … Continue reading

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Real Number

real number. Article #23. Vol 9, pg 973. The set of real numbers is probably best described as the set of numbers that includes all numbers that most of us will ever care about. Put another way, the real numbers are: … Continue reading

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Carbon-14 Dating

carbon-14 dating. Article #14. Vol 2, pg 850. Here’s how it works.  Without knowing it, we’re all breathing in Carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of Carbon.  While we’re alive, the amount of Carbon-14 in our bodies, as a percentage of the total … Continue reading

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