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Oct 05

The Secret Science of Superheroes — the origin story


Tweet Follow @mark_lorch Remember that League of Extraordinary Scientists? You know, the one’s that wrote a book about superheroes in a weekend. Well their Herculean efforts have come to fruition. The Secret Science of Superheroes (published by the Royal Society of Chemistry) is out now and this is what it is where it came from … …

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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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Jul 09

Why do grapes and microwaves = plasma?


If you: Take a grape Cut it equatorially, but just leave a bit of skin connecting the two hemispheres. Dry the new surfaces with a paper towel. Stick the grape in a microwave oven. Turn it on. You get flashes of plasma emerging from the grapes. Like this… But why does this happen? There are …

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May 04

The Source Code Debate


Few researchers were using computers 30 years ago.  This quickly changed with the release of several commercially viable personal computers in the 1980s. Since then, processing power has increased and the cost of computers decreased at an exponential rate (see Moore’s Law). It’s no surprise that computers are now pivotal in chemistry research. We use …

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Apr 12

Homeopathy: Science or Sympathetic Magic?


As a new contributor to Chemistry Blog, I’ve decided to ‘break myself in’ by tackling the somewhat controversial and thought-provoking topic of homeopathy.  As I write, we find ourselves part way through ‘World Homeopathy Awareness Week’, so the subject is enjoying quite a high profile and twitter seems to be alive with discussion on the matter.   …

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Feb 10

How Water Freezes Lower on a Negatively Charged Surface


I first heard this on National Public Radio and then I searched for it. In short, David Ehre, Etay Lavert, Meir Lahav, and Igor Lubomirsky report in Science, (Water Freezes Differently on Positively and Negatively Charged Surfaces of Pyroelectric Materials) water freezes at a lower temperature (-18°C) on the negatively charged side of a lithium tantalate …

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