Wednesday, October 25, 2006
In an experiment, seven test subjects reported smelling the metallic odor after their hands came into contact with iron. Researchers took gas samples from the subjects' skins and traced the smell to 1-octen-2-one, an organic molecule formed when certain oils in skin decompose.Scientists think it works like this: When touching objects made of iron, perspiration from skin causes the iron atoms to gain two electrons. The doubly negative iron atoms react with oil in skin, causing them to decompose, forming 1-octen-2-one.
Posted by Tom Ray at 11:01 AM
As she travels the U.S. on tour, Barbra Streisand is so security conscious that she requires a police K-9 team to sweep arenas before she performs, according to the singer's concert rider.
Posted by Tom Ray at 10:58 AM