In the street windows you can discover the first fairy lights, colleagues bring the homemade cookies to the office, you can already hear Christmas carols on the radio and, as every year, you think about gifts again.
It is Advent season already - Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. Is it really that time again? This year has been turbulent and one thing is for sure: many people can't think about the holidays yet.
We are doing our best to get you in the mood for Christmas, better than ever, with this issue of our newsletter. Together with our experts, we've taken a close look at which baking accessories you can use to make the most delicious cookies, how dangerous a Christmas tree can be, which flow characteristics make eggnog run perfectly in your glass, and how pharmacy can help you after too much mulled wine.
Enjoy these Christmas related applications.
A Christmas tree with real candles is a beloved tradition for many people across Europe. It looks beautiful and symbolizes a peaceful Christmas season.
But it also harbors danger. Due to carelessness, the contemplative "time of lights" can become dangerous to life and limb since a Christmas tree can easily catch fire.
We'll show you what you have to consider and how you can enjoy a peaceful Christmas.
This festive time of year is for many the season for baking cookies and biscuits. Butter, sugar, flour, mixer, rolling pin, cookie cutter...
But then, we have to decide: Baking parchment or silicone baking mat?
Egg liqueur is an especially popular drink at Christmas. It consists mainly of alcohol, egg yolk and sugar and should - according to common practive - be stored in a cool dark place, if possible.
But is it really okay to store egg liqueur in the refrigerator? What happens when this delicious sweet drink has already been opened and stored at room temperature? Does it change its consistency if it is kept for a longer period of time?
Chocolate is one of the world's favorite treats. The texture, and melt in the mouth properties of chocolate is critical for the consumer perception of product quality.
It is possible to fine tune the textural aspects of the signature flavor of chocolates. The mouthfeel can be characterized through the determination of flow - by rheology.
Learn how to do this in our article!
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in both the United States and Europe. However, it is not worth getting a headache when you think about its physicochemical properties.
Thermal analysis, and especially differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), is of great help.