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  • Thermodynamics. The early beginnings of the steam engine
  • Electrochemistry: Fuel Cells, Energy to Go.
    Read this article to find out how fuel cells work and their useful applications.
  • Organic Chemistry and OrganoMetallic Compounds: Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs).
    Read this article to find out how organic molecules will light up your life.
  • Life's Parameters.
    Read this article for a better understanding of how physical constants relate to the size of every-day objects
  • The History of Benzene and Other Simple Organic Structures
  • Refreshingly Honest Scientific Opinions
    Read this article to peak inside the inner world of science, as two scientists (who I know) give their opinions on how interdisciplinary science should be done. One view is mutually inclusive, the other mutually exclusive. The former provides a foundation for steady progress, the latter an environment for unexpected progress.
  • Arrhenius and Global Warming
    In 1896 Arrhenius predicted a temperature rise of 5 to 6 degrees for a doubling of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere. He did this by performing many thousands of calculations (with no calculator), and after more than 100 years of research, his estimate is comparable to today's estimates using super-computers and data from NASA.
  • Influenza
    This paper is not related to our course contents, but the topic is important and this excellent paper gives a very good introduction to the complex topic of viral disease origin and transfer.
  • Chirality
    Read all about the important role chirality plays in drug development
  • Open Facilities leads to Novel Research
  • Structure of DNA, from A to Z
  • Powers of Ten
    View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

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Last revision: Jan. 5, 2006