General anesthetics affect cellular proteins to knock us out. Some do so better than others, especially the noble gas Xenon.
How do anesthetics work, and what makes for an ideal anesthetic? It's not as mysterious as once believed, and there's a gas that ticks all the boxes for a perfect anesthetic: xenon.
An Australian woman recently died as a result of taking too much protein supplement. But that doesn't mean these sorts of supplements should be avoided.
Africa is home to a rich diversity of edible insects like mopani worms.
Insects have often been described with words like "disgusting" and the idea of eating them horrifies some people. But this needs to change as they can be an important food source.
The molecules that make up life may have arrived from space, and many are chiral.
NASA / Jenny Mottar
A new theory could explain why the key molecules of life - DNA and RNA - only come in one of two possible forms.
Chocolate milk is well supported by research as ticking all the boxes for an effective exercise recovery drink.
The decision to use protein supplements is based more on marketing claims than anything else. They offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.
Impala drink at a waterhole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Milk used in paint nearly 49,000 years ago could have come from their early antecedents.
It may have been a cultural tradition to use tempera paint that contained traces of milk on bodies according to a discovery at Sibudu Caves in KwaZulu Natal.
An excess of the one of the two amino acids in the artificial sweetener aspartame is a significant concern for people with phenylketonuria.
When you buy a diet coke, or any other consumables containing the artificial sweetener aspartame, you’ll see a warning against consuming the product if you have phenylketonuria, an inherited metabolic…
Here I come, carrying seeds of life.
No one knows how life began on Earth. But for it to happen, some simple chemical building blocks would have been needed. Many scientists argue the Earth’s violent past, with its massive volcanoes and regular…