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A simple question with a not-so-straightforward answer. Everyone learns about the infamous “bell curve” in one way or anotherbut why does randomly distributed data work this way? After all, we could imagine all kinds of wonky shapes for probability...
I experienced a wake-up call recently when a student dropped by to ask about unit cells.Wow, I realized, I know nothing about crystal structures. Analyzingsimple cubic on the fly is easy enough, but the close-packed structures require quite a bit ofmental gymnastics....
There is a weird smattering of organic oxides whose molecules contain a foreign oxygen latched on to an otherwise familiar framework. I’ve written about DMSO before, which is essentially dimethyl sulfide with an extra oxygen atom along for the ride. N-Oxides...

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It’s time for a nod to one of my favorite chemistry-themed YouTube channels, NurdRage. NurdRage’s channel is basically a laundry list of awesome, little-known chemistry experiments…with a creepy yet soothing voice-changer voice to boot. One...
Apologies to one of my favorite chemistry blogsfor the title of this seriesit just fit too well!I’ve become very interested in the field of chemoinformaticslately. It’s mind-boggling to think about how chemoinformatics could influence education,...
A simple question with a not-so-straightforward answer. Everyone learns about the infamous “bell curve” in one way or anotherbut why does randomly distributed data work this way? After all, we could imagine all kinds of wonky shapes for probability...

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Every year our department hosts a Chemistry Magic Show, in an effort to boost enrolment in the four-year science program. Largely run by undergraduate chemistry majors, the show is a series of demonstrations ranging from the colourful to the pyrophoric. Sneakily,...
Some time ago, I highlighted how Aurora Clark and her colleagues were using a modified version of the Google PageRank algorithm to analyse networks of water molecules. You can read more details in My monthly column on ChemistryViews. I retweeted the headline...