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#AskAChemist: Turn distill for what?

In this episode of #AskAChemist, I answer a question for mammalogist and field biologist @DNLee. She works with pouched rats and, very shortly, a fog machine. The not-so-secret recipe Dr. Lee’s …

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ScienceSkepticism

#AskAchemist: Poison. Not the band. Or the Bell Biv DeVoe song.

In this installment of #AskAchemist, we’ll be talking about a favorite of mine… No, not Idris Elba. @DrRubidium What is a poison? How is it defined by chemists? #AskAChemist — …

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#AskAChemist: Bear snake shark edition!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPnDaRYXHs4&w=560&h=315] _________ Have a chemistry question? Ask a chemist! _________ featured image made by the author using PowerPoint

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Science For The People talks women in STEM

Science For The People brought together four women working in STEM – Colgate University Professor of Psychology Jessica Cundiff, Ph.D., Physics Professor Dr. Shohini Ghose, Director of the Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Women in …

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#AskAChemist: How natural is Astroglide Natural Liquid?

This week on Ask A Chemist, an anonymous inquiring mind asked, “what makes Astroglide’s Natural Liquid ‘natural’?” Well, that’s a short one. Of course not! Allow me to wax chemical… …

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#AskAChemist: What’s the deal with fabric dyes?

This week on Ask A Chemist… @skepchicks @DrRubidium Why is wool dyed in acid, but cotton dyed in base? #AskAChemist — Robert Coolman (@PrimeViridian) January 14, 2015 Short answer: Longer …

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Science

Scientist shows shameless self-promotion

Which scientist?! ME. Myself. I. Skepchick’s Official Chemist*. What am I promoting? My nomination for a Shorty Award in Science. What the hell are the Shorty Awards? “The Shorty Awards …

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#AskAChemist: Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQyQns4i5hI&w=560&h=315] Want to know more about the chemicals that make the Damask Rose (Rosa damascena) smelly? Check out this great post [email protected], from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry. …

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