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A recent Twitter discussion on long work weeks by academics caused me to reflect on my previous life in academia – that decade where I completed my MSc and PhD in chemistry, postdoctoral studies, and four years as an assistant professor of chemistry in...
When I first saw a periodic table of the elements, I observed that the three Olympic medals – gold, silver and copper, the largest component of bronze – were the three group 11 elements. The order of these elements from lightest to heaviest –...
Going to the movies in the first half of the 20th century was dangerous. The movie theatre projection room was a hazardous place to work. And while the source of the danger was well understood, it took several decades for filmmakers to finally offer moviegoers...

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A recent Twitter discussion on long work weeks by academics caused me to reflect on my previous life in academia – that decade where I completed my MSc and PhD in chemistry, postdoctoral studies, and four years as an assistant professor of chemistry in...
When I first saw a periodic table of the elements, I observed that the three Olympic medals – gold, silver and copper, the largest component of bronze – were the three group 11 elements. The order of these elements from lightest to heaviest –...
Going to the movies in the first half of the 20th century was dangerous. The movie theatre projection room was a hazardous place to work. And while the source of the danger was well understood, it took several decades for filmmakers to finally offer moviegoers...