Tagged: chemistry

Opinion: Let’s celebrate the Humanities more - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 06, 2018

Recently, there has been a great deal of hullabaloo on my Facebook timeline as people squabble over whether so-called ”hard” subjects like calculus and physics are inherently better and more difficult than the alternative, ”soft” subjects like English, drama and photography. Filip Vachuda, Onehunga High School’s academic runner-up for 2017, began ”DuxGate” when he wrote he missed out on dux … Read More

Common products, like perfume, paint and printer ink, are polluting the atmosphere - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 19, 2018

Jenny Fisher, University of Wollongong and Kathryn Emmerson, CSIRO This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Picture the causes of air pollution in a major city and you are likely to visualise pollutants spewing out of cars, trucks and buses. For some types of air pollutants, however, transportation is … Read More

‘Filtering’ out fluoride - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 03, 2016

Many anti-fluoride campaigners and their sympathisers use “filters” to remove fluoride from their tap water. Despite this, they will often claim the procedure is “too expensive” for the ordinary person – or that it is ineffective. Fluoride Free Nelson (FFN) combined both reasons in this exchange on their Facebook page. But she is wrong on both counts. Suitable … Read More

Chemistry is everywhere – even in those natural products - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 24, 2016

 Here’s a thought – what if natural products came with a list of ingredients in the same way processed food does? James Kennedy, an Australian chemistry teacher, has put together some images to illustrate what this would be like. And the article What if natural products came with a list of ingredients? reproduces the detailed infographics which show even the … Read More

Why the internet annoys chemists - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 10, 2015

Here are some of chemists’ pet peeves about discussion on social media and the internet in general. The list is from the article  5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science posted on the blog The Logic of Science. Everyone who has attempted to discuss issues like vaccination or fluoridation with opponents will have come across these … Read More