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Chemistry – a brand problem but all the beauty in the world

A blue plaque celebrating the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning chemist Sir William Ramsay was unveiled in London’s Notting Hill on Wednesday, as part of a series of events marking the International Year of Chemistry, I heard on Radio 4′s Today programme as I drove to work in the morning. Hugh Aldersey-Williams, writer […]

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Joke cartoons for chemicals folk

Chemical Processing is inviting people in the chemical industry to submit captions for its Comical Processing cartoon contest. The contest features drawings by award-winning cartoonist Jerry King. Looking at the winning captions from 2009, the Blog wonders whether this really reflects chemists’ sense of humour or more an American/Canadian humour. It’s interesting to compare them […]

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More salacious chemical humour

A chemical prankster has sent the Blog this link to what he calls “Chemistry Porn.”

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Smart clothes will take your photo

Clothes that take photos could soon be helping with the age-old problem of remembering people you meet at conferences.   A US research team has made a smart fabric that can detect the wavelength and direction of light falling on it, and could one day lead to clothes taking photos of everything around the wearer, […]

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Greener plastics from potatoes

“I say potay-to, you say potah-to …” but soon you’ll be saying compostable plastics, even if it doesn’t scan.   Scientists at the UK’s University of Leicester have been modifying starch and cellulose into plastic materials which can be rotted down on the compost heap. They are showing off their greener experiments at the Royal Society’s Summer […]

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Chemical jokes – 28 of them

Never let it be said that chemicals folk don’t have a sense of humour. An industry friend has sent the Blog a few samples from this website devoted to hilarious side-splitting chemistry jokes. After some years in the aromatics business, the Blog’s favourite must be this benzene joke. Q: What is the chemical name of […]

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Museum of Broken Relationships

A museum dedicated to broken hearts has been founded in Croatia.   “The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art concept which proceeds from the assumption that objects possess integrated fields – ‘holograms’ of memories and emotions – and intends with its layout to create a space of ‘secure memory’ or ‘protected remembrance’ in order […]

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Things A Chemist Won’t Work With – Thioacetone

It seems that there are things that even a chemist won’t work with. The Blog was intrigued to be sent this blog posting which describes one chemist’s experiences of Thioacetone, a compound which has a smell so strong that it has “people … diving out of windows and vomiting into wastebaskets.”   “It merely stinks. But […]

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