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 smell of line-dried laundry

You all have experienced that nice sensation of smelling line-dried clothes. Have you ever asked yourself what is responsible for that nice scent you are smelling? Now, thanks to Silvia Pugliese and collaborators we have an answer. The researchers washed IKEA cotton towels three times. The towels were then hanged out to dry a) inContinue reading “The smell of line-dried laundry”

Breath analysis and cancer

As you know I LOVE Mass Spectrometry. In previous posts I told you what mass spectrometry is, how I use it to analyze coffee and how it was used in breath analysis to follow the menstrual cycle. Today, I want to explain how mass spectrometry, in particular PTR-MS, was used in cancer research. Scientists canContinue reading “Breath analysis and cancer”