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In a recent authoring project on organic chemistry, I came across the following statement:A chain mechanism involves two or more repeating steps.Is this a true statement? Well, yes and no. Yes, a chain mechanism involves the same process happening again and...
In chemistry, quantum mechanics and orbital theory often rub up uncomfortably against more nave bonding theories, such as VSEPR and Lewis structures. For example, VSEPR tends to give the impression that the positions of lone pairs (or better yet, the orientations...
One of my favorite books is Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise. Silver is well known as the founder of fivethirtyeight.com, a data-driven news site covering everything from the American economic outlook to the ethnic distribution of NBA fans. In his...

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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,...
In a recent authoring project on organic chemistry, I came across the following statement:A chain mechanism involves two or more repeating steps.Is this a true statement? Well, yes and no. Yes, a chain mechanism involves the same process happening again and...

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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...