mako: chemistry (12)

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  1. Awesome article by Chemical and Engineering News. "Yan Xu of Jiangnan University and Keliang Ji, former president of Kweichow Moutai Distillery, describe Moutai’s chemical composition in a chapter in the book “Alcoholic Beverages: Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Research” as containing 873 chemical components, including 380 esters, 85 acids, 155 alcohols, 96 ketones, 73 aldehydes, 36 nitrogenous compounds, and 48 other chemicals, although this complexity is not unique to Moutai."
  2. "Hexanitro? Say what? I'd call for all the chemists who've ever worked with a hexanitro compound to raise their hands, but that might be assuming too much about the limb-to-chemist ratio."
    updated: 08-04-2012, original: 08-04-2012 to , , , , , , , ,
  3. I generally want to never link to TED content, but the animation of DNA at around 3:30-4:00 minutes in is pretty awesome.
  4. The husband of Susan Silbey, my methods instructor and a brilliant mentor, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
  5. Some of these videos are much better than others.
  6. Vegetarians smell better!
    23-11-2009 to , ,
  7. Thomas Midgley, Jr. (May 18, 1889 – November 2, 1944), was an American mechanical engineer turned chemist. He developed both the tetra-ethyl lead (TEL) additive to gasoline and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and held over a hundred patents. While lauded at the time for his discoveries, today his legacy is seen as far more mixed considering the serious negative environmental impacts of these innovations. One historian remarked that Midgley "had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history."
  8. "Toxic smoxic." (via daf)
    16-05-2009 to , ,

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