Poetry and science: Chemistry and Buffer Life

This week we offer our readers a poem on chemistry. We are keen to invite more amateur poets to submit their verses to EuroScientist. As a community magazine, we want to share the thoughts of our readers in the many forms that it takes for people to express themselves, including through poems. So feel free to get in touch, and share your own interpretation of the world.

Food chemistry or food culture

As the last remnants of holiday dinners, lunches, high-teas, suppers and celebratory breakfasts are collated and one last binge with myriad mixed flavors indulged, thoughts turn to taste. Specifically flavor and the combinations thereof. We all know that celebrity chefs are gluttons for an odd mix: sweet and sour is nothing to the TV cook who garnishes peppered okra with crème Anglaise washed down with a curried champagne spritzer with a hint of flint. And there are those who wouldn’t think of leaving the supermarket without a good selection of cheese and wine.

Married in lock-down: how being forced together has taken our research further

During the global shutdown, many scientists had to face working in confinement – not only away from the lab and its facilities, but also away from their research teams and colleagues. But what if you were married to your partner? Scientists Viviana and Luigi found themselves flourishing in this new type of scientific environment – combining their expertise from different fields to devise a new methodology that has spurred into an international partnership.

Assumption, Perception, and Opinion: The Art of Discernment

Do you really know what causes you to formulate the beliefs you hold dear? Would it surprise you to learn that you’re not in full control? As human beings, we are wired to construct our opinions in highly specific ways—and more often than not, evolution wins out over conscious decision-making. Read on to examine exactly how this occurs, and find out what you can do to regain sovereignty over your own perceptions, assumptions, and life choices. Think you’re the only one in charge? Not so fast…for all of us, there are forces at play that merit a deeper look.