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Category Archive: fun

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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Dec 31

Garlic Challenge, the results show!

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Back in October I posed a question: Is there any truth in the old wives tale that rubbing your hands on stainless steel gets rid of garlic smells? Various theories as to how steel may achieve this were posited. But I wanted to know if there was a real effect in the first place. Kitchen …

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Dec 20

And From the Other Side of the Pond… We Wish You a…


And from reader Darwin, a 3D version!

Dec 11

Number 11, Hydrogen

Hydrogen is element one, Its abundance is second to none, Though it’s commonly found, In other compounds, Due to it’s single electron. By Nicholas Dawson aka @adventchemistry

Dec 10

On the 10th day of advent we have …

Benzene A century and a half ago, Chemists wanted to know, How atoms convene, To make up benzene, But frankly they had nothing to show. The bonds of which benzene’s comprised, Should not be equally sized, But that’s the array, Proposed by Kekulé, Because the electrons are delocalised. By Nicholas Dawson I think Nick maybe …

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Dec 09

Behind door number 9. The surprise discovery of viagra

The blog has been down for a few days so we’ve missed a few advent limericks. Normal service not resumed.   Surprise discovery of viagra Surprise discovery of viagra A drug called sildenafil citrate, Was meant to make vessels dilate, Angina would fast, Be a thing of the past, If the side effects didn’t negate. …

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