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Category Archive: chemical safety

Apr 21

#ChemMovieCarnival: Criminal Minds


Criminal Minds is one of my favorite television shows. It follows a team of FBI agents in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. They examine the psychology of crime scenes and the choices of the criminal before, during, and after a crime to build a behavioral profile which ultimately leads to the arrest of the criminal. The …

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Dec 09

Roll-On Hormones, now on ESPN


Here’s something you don’t see every day: new drugs advertised on ESPN. Especially one you apply to your armpits. Enter Axiron, Lilly’s new therapy for hypogonadism (decreased hormone production from the testes), a whopping dose of male sex hormone testosterone – 60 mg, compared to the normal 5-10 mg produced in the body – delivered in a convenient deodorant applicator. Lilly’s product capitalizes …

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Oct 27

When practical jokes and chemistry don’t mix.


I’m all for making chemistry accessible to all, heck I even write another blog on the subject. So I’m generally pretty pleased to see chemistry in the main stream media and large blogs.  But this time a large science/tech blog, Gizmodo, has gone too far. Yesterday Gizmodo published a guest post called “How to Use …

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May 22

Nitroolefins – The Crying Game


(This post was written for the ‘Toxic Chemicals’ carnival, over at ScienceGeist) Let me tell you about the time I broke down crying in lab. No, it wasn’t an epic breakup, or even a death in the family. It was…a nitroolefin. Many summers ago, I worked as a pharma intern, a small flywheel in a then-huge …

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May 12

Sodium Ball of Death


An interesting problem encountered by wafflesforlife on /r/chemistry. I recently inherited responsibility for the solvent stills in my lab and, even more recently, had to quench, clean and reset our THF still. I used a standard sodium-benzophenone system and was happy to see a beautiful purple color when all was said and done. Now, after …

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May 07

Stories from a Chemical Hygiene Officer


A Guest Post today from chubscrubbins. First, my background. I am not a Chemist. I was hired as a “chemical safety specialist” to basically administer lab inspections and run the stockroom. My previous military experience as a Nuke helped me greatly when it came to getting my job. My position evolved to Chemical Hygiene Officer for …

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