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Mark

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Date registered: April 11, 2012

Biography

Mark Lorch has PhD in biochemist and is a lecture at the University of Hull, UK. As well as research, teaching and blogging he can sometimes be found 'science busking' on the streets of Yorkshire. Sometimes his favourite tricks end up in his blogs. Oh, and he tweets @sci_ents.

Latest posts

  1. The Periodic Table of Element Eytmologies — June 11, 2016
  2. Halloween Chemistry: Cinder Toffee! — October 31, 2015
  3. Molecules in Minecraft — October 30, 2015
  4. Review: Chemistry Sets fit for the 21st Century. — October 27, 2015
  5. The chrome plated mystery of the Terracotta army’s swords — September 22, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. A letter from a chemist to homeopaths — 53 comments
  2. ‘Anonymous’ peer-review – a cautionary tale — 24 comments
  3. The Underground Map of the Elements — 19 comments
  4. Helium for balloons but none for my NMR — 15 comments
  5. Space dinosaurs, the saga continues — 15 comments

Author's posts listings

Jun 11

The Periodic Table of Element Eytmologies


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents The seventh row of the periodic table is complete, resplendent with four new names for the elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (the organisation charged with naming the elements) has suggested these should be called nihonium (Nh); moscovium (Mc); tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og) …

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Oct 31

Halloween Chemistry: Cinder Toffee!


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents How about a spot of halloween chemistry? With nice simple explanations for the trick or treaters. Cinder toffee!! You’ll need: Sugar Golden syrup A jam/jelly thermometer Bicarbonate of soda Grease proof paper A baking tray A saucepan Safety: The toffee mix gets very hot, be careful when handling in and make sure there’s …

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Oct 30

Molecules in Minecraft


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #MolCraft Children should be playing more computer games in school. That idea might enrage you if you think kids today already spend too much time staring at screens or if you are already sick of your offspring’s incessant prattling about fighting zombies and the like. But hear me out. Specifically, I …

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Oct 27

Review: Chemistry Sets fit for the 21st Century.


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents As a kid I loved my chemistry set. Many an afternoon was whiled away in my dad’s shed, totally ignoring the set’s instructions and randomly mixing the contents of the various bottles. To be honest I can’t really remember learning much chemistry, beyond the fact that it was possible to generate some …

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Sep 22

The chrome plated mystery of the Terracotta army’s swords


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Qin the 1st Emperor of China prepared well for the after-life. Throughout his reign he commissioned and built an eternal army of some 6000 soldiers, charioteers and cavalry. The  warriors stood in formation, buried at the foot of his tomb, there to guard the Emperor for eternity. But all did not go …

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Aug 10

How science lost one of its greatest minds in the trenches of Gallipoli


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents August 10, 1915. The Gallipoli sun beats down on the back of a Turkish sharpshooter. He is patient and used to the discomfort. He wipes the sweat from his eyes and peers back down the sight of his rifle, sweeping back and forth across the enemy lines. He’s hoping to spot a …

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