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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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Dec 31

Garlic Challenge, the results show!


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

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