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I've discussed ketchup rheology a couple of times in the past (1, 2), but a new TedEd video really does a great job of visually showing the rheology and also getting into some of the details.Early in the project I had a few emails back and forth with George...
Brutal honesty makes for shocking conversation, and even more so when it comes from a politician (after all, they are permanently running for re-election). Diane Savino, a state senator from New York recently let loose on a proposal in New York City to charge...
The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a poorly written opinion piece that was a mix of odds and ends that never really seemed to find its stride. The overall message is something of the following: petroleum engineering jobs are paying extremely well ($97,000...

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My wife and I were able to use our chemical knowledge this past week to solve a perplexing problem. I'll post first what we observed and then let you try and figure it out. We have a gas cooktop in our house here in Minnesota. A couple of weeks ago, the flames...
While plastic bag bans have been proliferating of late, I only read yesterday of action being taken against a shop: "The team seized around 45 kgs of polythene bags below 40 micron thickness...". The story did get my mind wandering. For instance,Do the police...
That's the question that may soon be popping up in closets and clothes store everywhere. Researchers in Germany have found that by adding vinyl derivatives of various catalysts to nylon fabric and exposing it to 222 nm light (a KrCL eximer source! Couldn't...

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Hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break. We're mostly back to work here:I thought this gift of 3-D printed molecules was nice. A fascinating chemical mystery from John Spevacek. (That's a very educated household, btw.)C&EN's year-end issue, lots...
A list of small, useful things (links):Quintus comments on the filibuvir papers.Over at Chemistry Blog, chemistry Advent poems.John has goofy thoughts about plastic bags.Vittorio is very clever with his TLCs.This post about trailing spouses by @belehaa...
In the never ending efforts to improve the fabrics of our lives (recall the earlier effort to make clothing photocatalytic, Plastemart reports (o.k., it looks like nothing more than a cut-and-paste job of a PR release) that Levi's jeans will soon be made incorporating...