Researchers have developed a self-cleaning surface which uses nano-scale surface engineering and chemistry. It can repel/prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria. The material can be shrink-wrapped onto door handles, railings, and other surfaces brighterworld.mcmaster.ca…
Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld killed off George’s fiancΓ© Susan because of her bad chemistry with Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus hollywoodreporter.com/liv…
Today I learned of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly mission, in which NASA will launch a nuclear powered drone weighing half a ton to Saturn's moon Titan. The plan is that the nuclear powered drone will fly around on Titan, scouting its terrain while searching for complex and prebiotic chemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Elena CeauΘ™escu, the wife of the Romanian dictator, had a PhD in Chemistry, despite receiving only high-school education. She pronounced COβ‚‚ as β€œco-doi” (β€œdoi” being the word for two), so enemies gave her the nickname β€œcodΓ³i” (β€œbig tail”) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Constant interruptions from your smartphone can change your brain's chemistry to make you feel anxious and distracted. Notifications can trigger the release of a hormone called cortisol. This tenses muscles, increases heart rate and causes palms to become sweaty. earth.com/news/smartphone…
Lovebug fly has an acidic body chemistry. When they die on windshields, hoods, and radiator, if left for more than an hour, remains become extremely difficult to remove. The acidity of the dead body, often resulted in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
In 1976, a Maryland chemistry graduate student, gave himself Parkinson's disease while attempting to synthesize opioids for personal use. The drug he discovered, MPTP, is now used for neuroscience research. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPT…
Today I learned about Vacuum Decay, the ultimate ecological catastrophe. If our universe exists in a false vacuum state, as some physicists suggest it does, at any given moment life as we know it, along with chemistry, will cease to exist. cosmosmagazine.com/physic…
20th centuries physicist and Nobel laureate JJ Thomson had 9 students who later won the Nobel prize in physics or chemistry. Robert Oppenheimer was also one of his students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Not only was Marie Curie the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry, but she was exposed doses of radiation that 100 years later her notebooks need to be kept sealed in a lead-lined box. blog.bir.org.uk/2015/09/0…
Breaking Bad has a shot-for-shot Spanish remake titled "MetΓ‘stasis" featuring Walter Blanco, a struggling high school chemistry teacher in BogotΓ‘, Colombia, who teams up with his previous student JosΓ© to cook methamphetamine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The British Royal Society of Chemistry recommends adding tea to milk, and not the other way around, as adding milk to tea results in "significant denaturation" of the milk, adversely affecting flavor. academiaobscura.com/wp-co…
Martin Luther's son, Paul, was a survivor of the bubonic plague. After surviving, he dedicated his life to chemistry and medicine, developing the pharmaceuticals Unguentum ex nitro, Magistrum perlarum, Magistrum collorum, and Aurum potabile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
IrΓ¨ne Joliot-Curie, daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, also won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her, along with her husband FrΓ©dΓ©ric Joliot-Curie's research on radioactive decay. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ir%C3%…
Dartmouth chemistry professor Karen Wetterhahn spilled 1 or 2 droplets of dimethylmercury on her gloved hand while working in a lab. Less than a year later she was dead from poisoning. chemistryworld.com/opinio…
A Chinese college student in the US studying chemistry slowly poisoned his roommate’s food with thallium thebrownandwhite.com/2019…
Lise Meitner, an Austrian-born physicist, discovered that atomic nuclei can be split in half. She and her nephew explained and named nuclear fission in 1939, but the recognition went to Otto Hahn for this discovery. He was granted a Nobel Prize in 1944 in Chemistry. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned about the Pseudo-Geber corpus, a group of influential works on chemistry and alchemy from the 13th and 14th centuries, whose authors are unknown because they attributed them to the legendary alchemist Geber in an attempt to gain credibility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pse…
Ainan Cawley has, allegedly, the highest IQ ever; said his first word at 2 weeks old, started walking at 6 months, he passed GCSE chemistry at 7, recited pi to 518 d.p. and remembered the periodic table at the age of 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…
In 1976, Barry Kidston, a 23-year-old chemistry graduate student in Maryland, US, synthesized MPPP with MPTP as a major impurity, and self-injected the result. Within three days he began exhibiting symptoms of Parkinson's disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPT…
There is an annual Olympiad for high school Chemistry. It began in 1968 in Prague, and had 3 countries participate. It now includes 75 countries, each sending one student team of 4. There is a practical exam, followed by a written exam. Both can be up to 5 hours in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned about molecular gastronomy. Also known as molecular cuisine, it basically is manipulating food using chemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Nobel winner in Chemistry John Howard Northrop, known for isolating and crystallizing the first bacteriophage, committed suicide sciencesource.com/archive…
Only three sciences get Nobel awards: chemistry, physics and physiology. Mathematics is ignored, as are computing, robotics and artificial intelligence as well as environmental sciences. Modern science is also a group affair, rather than the genius of a few scientists theguardian.com/science/2…
The first known mention of mixing whiskey with Coke was in a 1907 report of an employee of the United States Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, who encountered the drink when visiting the South. Today, the drink is considered low-brow cultural fare and tends to be frowned upon by whiskey aficionados en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Actress Jennifer Connelly inspired Princess Jasmine's appearance in 'Aladdin'. The final appearance of Jasmine consequently inspired the studio to redesign Aladdin based on actor Tom Cruise because Disney felt the original depiction was 'too scrawny' to have believable chemistry with Jasmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
3–15% of alcoholics commit suicide, and over 50% of all suicides are associated with alcohol or drug dependence, due to alcohol causing physiological distortion of brain chemistry, as well as social isolation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
"Overfeeding" pet fish kills them due to accumulated waste from uneaten food and increased amounts of waste, which results in lethal changes in the water chemistry. petcoach.co/article/why-o…
Heinrich Otto Wieland researched bile acids, toad poisons and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Wieland also protected people, especially Jewish students, who were "racially burdened" after the Nuremberg Laws. Expelled students could stay in his group as chemists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
Archeologists discovered more than 40 well preserved ship wrecks ranging from Byzantine, to the Venetian, to the Ottoman empires. The wood of some ships was so well-preserved that chisel and tool marks were still visible on individual planks due to the unusual water chemistry of the Black Sea nytimes.com/2016/11/12/sc…
Edward Doisy received the Nobel in Medicine for discovery of vitamin K with Henrik Dam. He also competed with Adolf Butenandt in the discovery of estrone in 1930. They discovered the substance independently, but only Butenandt was awarded the Chemistry Nobel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
A chemistry professor imported coca leaves to Germany that he gave his student to analyze. The student isolated a compound that had "a bitter taste, promote the flow of saliva and leave a peculiar numbness, followed by a sense of cold when applied to the tongue.” The compound was cocaine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Richard Kuhn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1938 "for his work on carotenoids and vitamins". Kuhn collaborated with high-ranking Nazi officials, denounced Jewish co-workers in 1936, and is no longer considered a suitable role model by the Society of German Chemists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Zodiac symbols also correspond to alchemy processes and were part of a larger system of symbols that were used as notation in proto-chemistry formulas in the early modern period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Blue fireworks are the Holy Grail of the pyrotechnic world because the chemistry needs to be absolutely perfect to produce them. npr.org/templates/story/s…
The young Michael Faraday, who would go on to become one of the most influential scientists of all time, was inspired at the age of 14 by a book he found that was written by a woman named Jane Marcet. The book was one she had written on chemistry, with the content adapted for women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
A Chemistry professor created an algorithm for the early detection of eye diseases after his 3 month old was diagnosed with eye cancer. It scans photos on your smartphone for leukocoria, a symptom of several eye conditions that causes diseased eyes to appear white when using flash photography. people.com/human-interest…
In 1996 a chemistry professor accidentally spilled a drop of organic mercury on her latex gloved hand. She died of mercury poisoning less than a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Hexagonal Water is a marketing scam. It supposedly enhances nutrient absorption, removes metabolic wastes, and enhances cellular communication. The scam takes advantage of the consumer's limited knowledge of chemistry, physics and physiology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex…
Marie and Pierre Curie won the Physics Nobel Prize in 1903. Marie Curie won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1911. Marie's daughter IrΓ¨ne and her husband won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1935. In total, 15 people in the family were prominent researchers in physics, chemistry, biology or medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
The main protagonist in Breaking Bad is nicknamed after the Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, a law in physics/chemistry that states that the position of a particle (e.g. electron) can only be predicted to a limited extent, akin to Walter White's behaviour that is often unpredictable youtube.com/watch?v=TQKEL…
Marius Stan, 'Bogdan' from 'Breaking Bad', is a chemist in real life. He has a PhD in Chemistry, is a computational physicist and the Intelligent Materials Design Lead in the Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Materials division. anl.gov/profile/marius-st…
Linus Pauling, a Nobel prize winner in chemistry, was a eugenicist. He urged that human carriers of defective genes have a compulsory visible mark - such as forehead tattoos - to discourage potential mates with the same defect, having kids together. harvardmagazine.com/2000/…
3 million liters of dispersant were dumped on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, but researchers still don't understand the chemistry and physics of the oil/dispersant mix, nor exactly how the dispersant works pnas.org/content/116/22/1…
Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, but also the first person (man or woman) ever to win the award twice and for achievements in two distinct scientific fields; Chemistry and Physics. nobelprize.org/nobel_priz…
Humans used crop rotation 8,000 years ago. As far back as 6000 BC, farmers alternated planting crops each year. They did not understand the chemistry, but knew that doing so kept the soil healthy for good harvests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Marie Curie is the only person to ever win two Nobel Prizes in differing science fields; chemistry and physics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Anson Mount was Nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Britney Spears) and Nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Best Chemistry (shared with Britney Spears) for the same movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ans…
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry named element 111 after Wilhelm Roentgen for discovering the X-Ray. Roentgenium is an extremely radioactive synthetic element with multiple unstable isotopes. theradiologictechnologist…
β€œCis” and β€œTrans” are latin-based prefixes commonly used in organic chemistry. β€œCis” means β€œthis side of”, and β€œTrans” means β€œthe other side of.” en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…

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