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The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Chemistry Chemistry is not a world unto itself. It is woven firmly into the fabric of the rest of the world, and various fields, from literature to archeology, thread their way through the chemist's text.

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See note 3 for source.Maggie Koerth-Baker has a great piece up at the 538 blog: "How Big Is A Fart? Somewhere Between A Bottle Of Nail Polish And A Can Of Soda."  It's well researched, digging into the biomedical literature with verve.  And it's great...
That Mars habitat?"The basement corridor is dim, I can hear pumps chugging, hoods noisily venting, and the solid-state physicist down the hall swearing. 'Welcome to Mars!' says the cheery sign outside my colleagues door. Perhaps it is the pile of grading on...
Diagram of a thermometer similar tothe one describe by Leurechon, c. 1638.Note that  hotter temperatures have smaller magnitudes degrees associated with them. Image from Wellcome collection, used under CC license.We...

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Today's Google doodle honors the 200th birthday of Robert Bunsen, the inventor (or not?)of the eponymous burner. The doodle is great, click on it and it bubbles and whirs."It is known that several substances have the property of producing certain bright lines...
See note 3 for source.Maggie Koerth-Baker has a great piece up at the 538 blog: "How Big Is A Fart? Somewhere Between A Bottle Of Nail Polish And A Can Of Soda."  It's well researched, digging into the biomedical literature with verve.  And it's great...
That Mars habitat?"The basement corridor is dim, I can hear pumps chugging, hoods noisily venting, and the solid-state physicist down the hall swearing. 'Welcome to Mars!' says the cheery sign outside my colleagues door. Perhaps it is the pile of grading on...

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[As mentioned in this post, we're posting the monthly blogroll column here on the Sceptical Chymist. This is a slightly longer version of June's article]Embracing rational irrationality and a 200th birthday celebration.When we hear 'chemicals' we think death,...