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An Eighty-Atom Fullerene Molecule

The fullerene molecule that gets the most attention is C60, so I’m giving C80 a little bit of the spotlight, for balance. I made this using polyhedral modeling software called Stella 4d; you can try it for yourself at this website.

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For Science Teachers: A Safer Alternative to Liquid Mercury

Liquid mercury, in schools, poses three major problems: It is extremely toxic, It has a high vapor pressure, so you can be poisoned by invisible mercury vapor leaving any exposed surface of liquid mercury, and Playing with liquid mercury is … Continue reading

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Have you noticed what silver’s been doing lately? The price of silver is literally on fire!

Because of the price of silver being literally on fire, they will not be buying and selling troy ounces of metallic silver when the markets open in New York tomorrow morning. Instead, they will be selling “oxide ounces” of silver … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Periodic Table of the Elements, Part 1

In this, and the some upcoming posts, I’ll be showing you various collections of elements on the horizontally-extended version of the periodic table — one that includes the f-block elements in their proper place, rather than relegating them to two … Continue reading

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One Dozen Precious Metal Cubes: A Problem Involving Geometry, Chemistry, and Finance (Solution Provided, with Pictures)

The troy ounce is a unit of mass, not weight, and is used exclusively for four precious metals. At this time, the prices per troy ounce, according to this source for current precious metal prices, for these four elements, are: Gold, $1,094 … Continue reading

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Testing a Climate Change Claim: Does Burning a Gallon of Gasoline Really Put Twenty Pounds of Carbon Dioxide Into the Atmosphere?

When I read, recently, that “every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget, it also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere,” (source) I reacted with skepticism. Twenty pounds? That seemed a bit high … Continue reading

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Riddle: How did the chemist accidentally kill his dog?

Answer: He fed him a whole can of aluminum phosphate. Disclaimers: (1) no actual dogs were harmed in the making of this awful pun, and (2) yes, I actually did the math regarding the toxicity of aluminum phosphate. Don’t feed … Continue reading

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