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The Journal of Chemical Education has an article on mixing in non-Newtonain suspsensions that is visually appealing. They use blue maize flour, a material whose color is pH sensitive (I didn't know that). It goes through the color sequence shown below.Being...
I ran across a couple of articles this weekend regarding ocean plastics that are worth a read. The first is from Grist.org, entitled 8 Things You Should Know About Plastic in the Ocean. The amazing aspect of the article is that it gets it right. Or at least...
Plastics Today is reporting that Bayer is spinning off their materials science business, which include polyurethanes and their monomers, and also polycarbonates. There had been rumors for awhile that Bayer was going along this path, but I always figured someone...

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A novel family of polymers is featured in Science today. The polymers have an interesting range of properties, but as you might expect, they have been hyped far beyond recognition. The research paper is a mess. There is way too much material jammed into a small...
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...

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The New York Times has a great opening for its story on IBM's new polymer discovery that has been published in Science: As a research chemist at an IBM laboratory, Jeannette M. Garcia spends her days mixing and heating chemicals in pursuit of stronger...
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...