- I thought this The Atlantic Monthly article on firefighters, fire retardants and cancer was interesting, but wasn't very convincing. It's worth reading the comments - believe it or not, there is some level of subject matter expertise.
- Isn't the real cancer hazard from house fires polyaromatic hydrocarbons? I am very willing to believe "firefighters have a much higher exposure to carcinogens", but less willing to attribute them to fire retardants combustion products.
- Slate has a long article on methylene chloride (fixed!) and people who die from using it while stripping bathtubs. Gotta say, I would definitely want to avoid that.
- Bathtubs are 1) large items that'd require a lot of DCM to strip, 2) in a small space that requires lots of ventilation. Isn't that the root of the problem? In that case, perhaps any potential asphyxiant is a bad idea.
- Good article by Hepeng Jia of Chemistry World on the Tianjin incident. Ammonium nitrate seems to me to be the "horses-not-zebras" answer here.
- I liked this Carmen Drahl piece on new findings on the Nazi nuclear reactor.
- Interesting piece by Mark Lorch on the Chinese terracotta army and their chrome-plated swords.
- I had no idea that Bruker had a blog, but it is gorgeous. Good post on honey.
- I hope you'll join Jyllian Kemsley and Mary Beth Mulcahy at this ACS webinar on the Sangji case.
- Prof. Shawn Burdette has some questions for you, regarding what he believes to be some erroneous papers.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
10 ul pipet tips
Small, useful things - links:Readers, anything that I missed?