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The water tank heater sat submerged and frozen in place as Gramps and I crunched our way towards it in the snow. It was a circular wooden tank, grey with age and made of moss-bearded, vertical staves held in place with a rusty iron ring. It sat in the fence...
On a recent vacation trip to the Puget Sound area I managed to take a public tour of the Boeing manufacturing facility in Everett, WA. They don’t give away the tour- it costs $25 for adults and lasts about 90 minutes. For cash you get a movie highlighting...
It is not uncommon to read in chemistry papers or hear speakers from academic institutions making the assertion that certain problems exist that their method or reagent may solve. Perhaps a particular catalyst may give rise to a set of useful transformations...

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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...