NOV 15, 2016 05:39 AM PST

Gratitude Through Chemistry


At this time of year, many people are more aware of the things in life for which they are thankful. The run-up to Thanksgiving has many of us looking at our lives and pausing to appreciate what we have. Chemistry professionals are no exception. The field of chemistry has given the world many discoveries that have saved lives and improved the world so give it up for chemistry. Here are a few that these scientists are glad to have.

Beta carotene. It's part of the Thanksgiving table in sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, but it's also part of how your brain and eyes process sight, enabling you to view the world around you. With so many folks traveling at this time of year, it's good to be thankful for jet fuel and the scientists who work on making fuel that is more efficient and less dangerous to the planet. Rare earth elements might not seem like a big part of life, but these are crucial parts of making our cell phones work and where would we be without them? Those are just a few of things in our world that are made possible with good chemistry. What kinds of science are you thankful for?
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 18, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
SEP 18, 2018
Medkit for Astronauts
When travelling to a faraway place, we are likely to pack some medicines in the bag. For the astronauts on board of the International Space Station (ISS),...
SEP 20, 2018
Videos
SEP 20, 2018
The Lowdown on Vaccine Development and Production
Learn more about how vaccines are developed and tested, from the CDC....
SEP 20, 2018
Videos
SEP 20, 2018
A Plant 'Nervous System' is Found
Learn more about how plants communicate....
SEP 26, 2018
Videos
SEP 26, 2018
Why do leaves change color in the fall?
We know that deciduous trees drop their leaves every winter in order to avoid wasting precious resources on keeping them alive during the long, hard, cold ...
OCT 16, 2018
Videos
OCT 16, 2018
Methane regulations for oil and gas could soon be reduced
The EPA has proposed loosening requirements for testing and repairing methane leaks in drilling operations for oil and gas w...
OCT 19, 2018
Videos
OCT 19, 2018
Latin American Coffee Harvests Threatened by Fungus
A fungus called hemileia vastatrix causes a serious plant disease called coffee leaf rust....
Loading Comments...