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Sep 26

The Minecraft Chemistry Challenge


Minecraft is an truly awesome game. Think of it as digital lego set in a infinitely explorable world. But its real draw is that is encourages creativity on so many level. Players can build what they like, but also the code is open source, allowing creative coders to fiddle with rules and resources in the game. The …

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Jul 18

A Year in the Life of a New Research Lab…in Less than One Minute


The Hanson Research Group’s first experiment—initiated my second day on the job—involved two strategically placed Brinno TLC200 time-lapse cameras programmed to take one photo per day. The video from our first camera that covered our less-trafficked support space was posted in March. Below is the video from our second camera, which was placed in the main lab and …

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May 18

The Rules


Here at chemistry-blog we feel the need for a sacred text setting out the etiquette to be followed by chemicals scientists everywhere. Henceforth these shall be known as The Rules (an idea blatantly stolen for cyclists), and they shall set us apart from those that peddle particles or organisms. The Rules have been distilled from precedents and …

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Apr 01

The advance of the chemical-free sciences


Chemist have long complained about the use of the term ‘chemical-free’ in marketing, particularly when used to promote organic produce. To bolster our standing, and to sure up the chemical industry, we go one about everything containing chemicals and hence  how ‘chemical-free’ is a meaningless term. The veracity of the anti-chemical-free movement is highlighted by …

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Feb 27

Which science does the most magic?


A few weeks back  Vittorio had a pop at Sigma-Aldrich for marketing fluorosulfuric acid-antimony pentafluoride as ‘magic acid’.  Which got me wondering, just how common is magic in the sciences? And which disciplines are the most mystical? So I checked. A search for ‘magic’ in titles of articles using Scopus pulls up 8,698 hits. That’s a …

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Jan 18

Photo Friday (#picpickoftheweek)


My graduate student, Sean Hill, became the Hanson Research Group twitter account manager last week. We first talked about what is and isn’t acceptable to post on the internet. Then Sean explained to me the nuances of hash tags and how I’ve underutilized them.  He also suggested something brilliant: a photo of the week. One …

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