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This steel tank ruptured during the explosion, which severed a researchers arm. Credit: Honolulu Fire DepartmentFrom the University of Hawaii regarding the March explosion that caused a postdoctoral researcher to lose one of her arms. UH retained the University...
An inquiry from a reader got me to look up these two safety letters from 1989, and I thought I’d post them in case they’re useful to anyone working with iodine compounds now:Iodosobenzene salt explosion (July 24, 1989, page 2):Iodosobenzene tetrafluoroborate...
The explosion knocked down ceiling panels, broke light fixtures, and scattered debris throughout the lab. Credit: Honolulu Fire DepartmentWe’ve had a lot of comments at C&EN about my story, “Spark from pressure gauge caused University of Hawaii...

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A few weekends ago, I was with my young boys at our local mall checking out the kids entertainer, Ryan Buckle & Friends: Science you can sing to. Ryan, the singer, intersperses his songs with science demonstrations. We were there fairly early for a Saturday...
Welcome to Your Favorite Chemical Reaction chemistry blog carnival!A total of 22 entries were received since C&EN Online Editor Rachel Pepling put out the call for posts earlier in the month. The writing was superb, the science spot-on, and the personalities...
Welcome to the live coverage of the Chemical & Pharma Blogging panel. Yes, this pharma blog is live blogging the pharma blogging session. It’s very meta. On our panel today is Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline, Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, David Kroll of...

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Small, useful things (links):"Scientific Community Debates Standard Definition of "Impact Factor"" Melanie Nelson looks at building inclusive teams.Jyllian has suggestions for National Safety Stand Down on May 2.ab without bench Here's another case...
Yesterday brought the alarming report that Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) is cutting eight members of its staff. It appears that these cuts are rooted in the continued sag in advertisements and other sources of revenue at the magazine.If I recall...
"Auntie Markovnikov" and Jyllian Kemsley pointed out a pretty awesome article in Organic Process Research and Development which I somehow missed. It's a long review of the safe use of alkyllithiums in process chemistry. [1] It has a nice overview of what you...