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I get to enjoy a commute through farm country every work day. It is my habit to pull over and watch the crop dusters when they’re out. I’m secretly jealous of them as they zoom with their wheels just above the crop in a powerful turboprop aircraft....
As I look back on the chemistry coursework I took as an undergrad, a few classes stand out as especially useful over my career. First some qualifications: I became an organic chemist because I found it to be a good “fit” for my brain. So, organically...
One of my work duties is to give safety training on the principles of electrostatic safety; ESD training we call it. The group of people who go through my training are new employees. These folks come from all walks of life with education ranging from high school/GED...

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One of the things you have to consider when scaling up a chemical process is the composition of the wetted or exposedsurfaces in the reaction vessel, associated feed piping, gaskets,and overhead vapor spaces. Common materials of construction subject to wetting...
Many readers know that research assistant Sheri Sangji died from burns sustained in a laboratory fire in the lab of UCLA professor Patrick Harran. Harran and university Regents are up on felony charges for their part in the incident. I understand that the charges...
A few photos found at the Library of Congress are shown below. Frankly I’m not sure about the copyright, so I’m asserting the right to reproduce hereunder the fairness doctine.The New Idria mine in California was a productive mine and smelting operation.Note...

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Brief thoughts on a Saturday:This posting by @belehaa about the relative importance of family time in graduate school is quite good. It reminds me of this (rather morbid, but still gripping) mortality clock titled "See Your Parents."[I am probably not the first...
Th'Gaussling is undergoing chemotherapy and is having some fun with his PET scans. Click here to see his longer explanation of 18F-glucose and PET scans. ...
Th'Gaussling writes a really great summary of ways that you can get less expensive prices from chemical manufacturers if you decide to scale up your chemistry -- it is really worth your time:To the greatest extent possible the raw materials for your product...