Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us


Have you ever wondered why fingernails on a blackboard make us cringe? Or why the loves of our lives are also often the most annoying people we know? The American Chemical Society, in one of its Extreme Chemistry Series webinars, promises to tell you how to use being annoying to your advantage. (By the way, if our periodic postings about things totally unrelated to oils and fats ranks high on your list of annoyances, do let us know.) The webinar -- "Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us" -- is on Thursday, Nov. 29. It will feature Joe Palca, the award-winning science reporter for National Public Radio. Participants must pre-register.

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