1. Stephan Eirik Clark's debut novel, Sweetness #9, is about a flavor chemist who develops an artificial sweetener that causes anxiety, rage, obesity and depression. Clark tells Terry Gross that the book Fast Food Nation inspired him to set his story in the food industry: 

"Flavorings were like gravity or electricity — something that was all around me, but that I had never paid any attention to, and as soon as I read that book and its chapter on food product design, I started to ask myself, ‘How important are these to the foods?’ I started to question if I was really eating food or just the idea of food. With these molecules, you can make something taste like grass or roasted chicken and what is it covering up? What is it supporting? What is it enhancing? All of these questions and philosophical ideas that sprang out of this simple industry just went off — and I found myself deep into a novel."


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    Stephan Eirik Clark's debut novel, Sweetness #9, is about a flavor chemist who develops an artificial sweetener that causes anxiety, rage, obesity and depression. Clark tells Terry Gross that the book Fast Food Nation inspired him to set his story in the food industry: 

    "Flavorings were like gravity or electricity — something that was all around me, but that I had never paid any attention to, and as soon as I read that book and its chapter on food product design, I started to ask myself, ‘How important are these to the foods?’ I started to question if I was really eating food or just the idea of food. With these molecules, you can make something taste like grass or roasted chicken and what is it covering up? What is it supporting? What is it enhancing? All of these questions and philosophical ideas that sprang out of this simple industry just went off — and I found myself deep into a novel."

  2. sweetness 9

    food industry

    chemistry

    stephan eirik clark

    stephen colbert

  1. Humble Apology

    This morning I thought our show was about chemistry.

    I proceeded to Tumblr a series of chemistry-related jokes and puns.

    Our show was actually about the genetic code.

    I goofed.

    As a result, we joked about chemistry all day long…for no reason whatsoever.

    It will never happen again.

    -Mel

  2. chemistry

  1. Today: The periodic table makes an appearance. 
Anyone know any jokes about sodium?
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    Today: The periodic table makes an appearance.


    Anyone know any jokes about sodium?

    Picture via foodiefriday

  2. na

    periodic table

    sam kean

    chemistry

  1. Something for your afternoon: Every year there’s a contest online for grad students to “dance their thesis.” Four of the “Dance Your PhD thesis” videos are now posted Above, my personal favorite: Anna Robson dancing to her PhD thesis, “Nanosensing protein allostery and peptide interactions using SERS.”

  2. chemistry

    phd

    science

    gonzo labs

  1. In a list that only singer-comedian Tom Lehrer could love, hydrogen,  lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, chlorine and  thallium now all have new mass definitions.

    In a list that only singer-comedian Tom Lehrer could love, hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, chlorine and thallium now all have new mass definitions.

  2. the elements

    atomic mass number

    amu

    chemistry

    tom lehrer