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Daniel Radcliffe sings the Elements of the Periodic Table

HarryPotter star Daniel Radcliffe performs his party trick, which is singing”The Elements” by musical humorist Tom Lehrer, in this video clipspotted today by Helena.

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Lanxess red carpet for the G20 Summit

At the Cannes G20 Summit on 3-4 November, the heads of state are stepping out on a rich “red carpet” of asphalt, coloured by iron oxide pigments from Lanxess, according to a company press release today.   The city of Cannes has renewed 9,400 square meters of walkways and squares around the Palais des Festivals […]

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VIDEO: Chemistry – It’s All About You

  Here’s another well-made video about chemicals in everyday life. This one from EPCA is slightly more ambitious in its scope than previous educational videos we have seen, with some attractive international scenes, some unexpectedly hi-tech examples and a nice tinkling soundtrack.   See other videos on the same subject: More Top Chemical Adverts 

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Top 100 Chemical Companies

The new ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies listing is published today in ICB, and it’s free at this link.   The Blog can reveal that the top three are: BASF, Dow, ExxonMobil.   “The ICIS Top 100 lists the major global chemical producers, ranked by sales for 2009. The Top 100 provides key financial data […]

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Top 20 Chemical Songs 2010

Here we are, the new 2010 update of all-time-favourite Top Chemical Songs – all contributions gratefully received …   1 Anything by “The Chemical Brothers” or “My Chemical Romance” 2 Anything by “The Vaselines” 3 “The Plastic Ono Band” 4 Ethylene – John Hiatt 5 Slow Chemical – Spongebob cover version of Finger Eleven original […]

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Keep Oil for Petrochemicals – Porritt

The volcanic ash aviation crisis shows that there are only two ways we should be using oil – in petrochemicals and in jet fuel, said Jonathon Porritt, UK veteran green campaigner in a debate on BBC’s PM programme, I heard on my car radio as I drove home this evening.   Porritt, founder and director […]

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Chemical Party

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–As the beers are being chilled, the buffets piled high and the name badges laid out in alphabetical order, the first guests are edging warily into the opening parties of NPRA 2010.   To get petchem folk in the party mood, the video channel of the European Commission, EUtube, has produced a […]

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Weak hydrogen bonds produce materials stronger than steel

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering have discovered the key to silk’s pound-for-pound toughness, which exceeds that of steel, according to the journal Nature Materials and reported today in an article on Nanowork News, one of the Blog’s favourite morning reads.   The scientists found that an unusual […]

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Winter draws on – petrochemical thermal vests

The ski season is upon us, and as I unwrap my new zip-locked foil-packed “Heattech” thermals from Uniqlo, my eye is drawn to the seven unique properties of this new hi-tech brand, of which one is: “HEATTECH fibers contain natural amino acids derived from milk protein which make the material smooth and soft to the […]

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Gory chemical news

Glycols are back in the news and not in a good way. I read at the weekend about cats being poisoned when they drink up glycol-based antifreeze in the streets. Keen chemical reporters who set up Google alerts on glycols find that they are regularly sent news items about accidental deaths and even murders. Last […]

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