Category Archives: lab mahem

REPOST: All the pretty colours…

One of the most spectacular chemistry experiments is flame tests. I think it’s a particularly elegant experiment, and also one that can easily be done in high schools. I remember doing it when I was about 14 or 15, as … Continue reading

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Repost: Stinker or Smeller?

First published 04/2009 over at EP v2.0. The topic came up in conversation in the last couple of weeks so I thought I’d dig the post out! The images have disappeared but it makes sense without. — One of the … Continue reading

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Crash, Flash, Splat!

This week I did two outreach activities. One was making PVA slime and alginate worms with around 50 ten and eleven year olds from a local primary school, and the other was a demo lecture as part of the Salters’ … Continue reading

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Amazon as a chemical supplier

Once upon a time I lived in North America and was always amazed at the range of (what I considered to be lab only) chemicals on sale in drug stores (pharmacies) and home depot (DIY store). Cans of toluene and … Continue reading

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Discipline Disciple

I had another attack of paper inspired frustration last week. One of the project students had made a product that I was expecting to be an oil, but instead had a rather beautiful looking solid so I went in search … Continue reading

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CLEARS things up

One of the things ‘going on’ this academic year is a project investigating safety in the laboratory. We’re not trying to come up with better lab rules, I think that’s one of the biggest differences. We all comment that in … Continue reading

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Spooktacular Chemistry Fun

While the internet was wringing its collective mouse cords over the spectacularly badly thought out http://gizmodo.com/5954522/how-to-use-basic-chemistry-to-scare-the-hell-out-of-your-neighbors this Hallow’een, we were out doing some fairly decent and safe science to impress local families. We had three experiments on the go: flame … Continue reading

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Chemical Treasure Hunt Part II

I have written previously about our work identifying the contents of Blists Hill Victorian Pharmacy Jars (http://www.possibilitiesendless.com/?p=931), and we’ve pretty much solved the riddle of the jars. Briefly this Victorian Pharmacy exhibit has many jars filled with either the original … Continue reading

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I am a Mad Scientist.

                    Screenshot from www.thefreedictionary.com/MAD And I am angry. The link in this tweet set me off the other day. The article is about 10 fascinating and beautiful chemistry experiments, and it … Continue reading

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Google First, Think Second

A while ago I wrote a blog post about a molecule I was particularly fond of as part of a chemistry meme (May 2010 http://www.possibilitiesendless.com/?p=186).  I will not name the molecule for reasons that will become clear later.  About 7 … Continue reading

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