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Illinois Science Council presents "Chemistry of Honey" with the Nature Museum
Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)
In keeping with our “Chemistry for Adults” series celebrating the International Year of Chemistry, ISC offers yet another tasty program -- Chemistry of Honey (aren’t you glad I didn’t say “in bee-keeping with..”? Groan.)
This sweet program will delight and enlighten you with what bees actually do to make honey, how it’s harvested and other fun facts. We’ve got an entomologist – that’s a bee expert – Dr. May Berenbaum of University of Illinois-Champaign, together with a chemist – that’s a chemistry expert – Dr. Shelby Hatch of Northwestern University to explore the extraordinary chemical properties of honey and its many varieties.
- Why doesn’t honey “go bad” even if you leave it in the cabinet for months or years?
- What are the different viscosities of honey? Does it affect taste?
- Does the amount of water in honey matter?
- What about honey’s antibiotic properties?
- What the heck is the “osmotic effect” of honey and what is Mānuka honey?
You’ll conduct experiments yourselves to explore the wonders of this golden goodness. There may be balloons and beakers and ph involved, and perhaps refractometers, but there will be definitely be tastes to tantalize your tongue.
No science prerequisites necessary. Sign up now -- space is limited! Past ISC programs in this series have included the chemistry of beer, whiskey, chocolate and cosmetics. Visit IllinoisScience.org for more details. Chemistry of Chocolate is happening Wednesday, Sept. 21; check here for ticket availability.
BONUS! FREE Parking (unheard of!) in the Diversy Harbor lot across the street from the Nature Museum.
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Illinois Science Council
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science."
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since we were in school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved.