Monday, June 29, 2015

This week's C&EN

A few articles from this week's C&EN:


  1. I can see where the story on airplane surface coatings and bug guts will give the EPA conniptions. "Do we regulate against the evil nasty chemical polymers or do we support the fuel economy they enable? What do we do? What do we do? (followed by hand-wringing and - at the Denver offices, smearing feces on the walls)."

  2. I've spent far too much time arguing with the Chemtrail believers. There's no way to convince them that they are wrong. It's just like trying to convince a schizophrenic that their delusions are false. The only thing to do is to profit off their ignorance.

    I've seen them submit rainwater samples for metals testing by ICP-OES or ICP-MS, the logic being that there should be nothing but pure water in rain water. They get charged an arm and a leg for it and, all the while, I'm wondering why I'm not in on the scheme too. So hey: don't bother critiquing their sampling scheme or helping them with data interpretation. They had the answers they were looking for before they submitted anything for analysis. So run the analysis and charge them $20 per line per sample. Adjust costs as needed to attract business. They'll pay. Donate the proceeds to science education. It will be better for society in the long run.

  3. "Merck process scientist arrested for making GHB at home? There's gotta be a story here." Or maybe a cable television series... yeah...