Patent no. CA2741523A1, Ebola and the CDC…

So… why does the CDC own a patent on the “EboBun” strain of Ebola?  Why would a governmental agency claim exclusive ownership over the “invention” of a disease? Money, of course. Why were doctors infected with Ebola being transported back to the US for treatment? EboBun is not the strain currently ravaging West Africa. Perhaps…

Halloween goodies on CatholicShopping.com

A few minutes ago I found myself on CathlolicShopping.com (don’t ask me how… I have no idea) and discovered the following items for sale: I actually tilted my head to one side, double-checked the URL, furrowed my brow, and let out an audible “hmmmmmm….” Not being Catholic I don’t know whether this is “normal”, but I like…

Where does the smell of old books come from?

Who doesn’t love the smell of old books?  Apparently all you need is benzaldehyde, vanillin and 2-ethyl hexanol!  Should be easy enough… Where Does The Smell of Old Books Come From? | IFLScience. Old books have a distinctive smell that can make any book lover’s heart melt. Matija Strlic of University College London described it to…