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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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Safety First…or Not?

This is the end of week 2 of the semester.  The first week was not a proper ‘freshers week’ per se, but a week of induction talks, meeting with personal tutees, new project students (all 5 of them!!) and laboratory … Continue reading

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Favourite Chemistry Words

Hypocentre must win the prize for best blog title ever with ‘Crozzle Redux’ submitted for the latest Accretionary Wedge Carnival.  The theme for this carnival is favourite geology words which made me think – what are my favourite chemistry words? … Continue reading

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But is it RIGHT?

Imagine the scene: we’re in a chemistry lab, finishing off an experiment that the class have worked hard over for a couple of lab sessions and have done the required reading and planning and calculating and…  A student walks up … Continue reading

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