What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?

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chuck zierdt asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hay Chris,

Would you please compare ear wax and beeswax???
Thanx,
Chuck
What do you think?
« Last Edit: 01/09/2016 10:53:01 by _system »

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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/2016 13:31:26 »
Among the differences is that earwax is largely made from fatty acids and beeswax is mainly composed of esters.
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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #2 on: 03/09/2016 13:54:44 »
Bee's wax makes nicer candles
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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #3 on: 03/09/2016 17:43:48 »
I speculate that beeswax probably tastes nicer too...
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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #4 on: 03/09/2016 23:17:46 »
I speculate that beeswax probably tastes nicer too...

I am hoping you don't wish to test the hypothesis.

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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #5 on: 04/09/2016 09:27:41 »
I have a didgeridoo, the mouthpiece is formed by a layer of beeswax. I wouldn't want to use earwax!
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Re: What's the difference between earwax and bee's wax?
« Reply #6 on: 04/09/2016 12:19:05 »
I recall that earwax is one of the qualities that give the character "Shrek" his initial "Yuck" reaction.