Chemistry of rain

Close your eyes… remember when you were young and outside was raining… remember the scent of rain on dry soil… that particular scent has a name: petrichor. The term “petrichor” was first used in 1964 by scientists Isabel Bear and Dick Thomas and it derives from the Greek words “petra” (rock) and “ichor” (the fluidContinue reading “Chemistry of rain”

The worst year to be alive

You are probably thinking that it is 2020, right? Well, even if 2020 is a particularly shitty year, 536 was definitely worst! According to dr. McCormick 536 was the worst year to be alive. Starting from 536, and for 18 months, Europeans and Asians did not see the sun: a fog obscured the Sun, whichContinue reading “The worst year to be alive”

Hot waves make us dumb!

We all love summer! If we can go to the sea, or the ocean, or hiking. But when we are students or workers summer is not so great. I remember the years of University when I was forced to study for exams during summer in Italy and without A/C! I recently discovered a paper fromContinue reading “Hot waves make us dumb!”