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Who’s against recycling? More people than you probably...

Who’s against recycling? More people than you probably think—provided we’re talking about recycling water. Recycling water involves treating wastewater (shower water, laundry water, toilet water) to make it potable. The very idea makes...Show More Summary

othmeralia: New acquisition alert! Just delivered to the Othmer...

othmeralia: New acquisition alert! Just delivered to the Othmer Library: a collection of science education films and videos produced by Science Screen Report. Intended for use in high school classrooms, the films cover a range of subjects...Show More Summary

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for a light...

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received a patent for a light bulb. Edison did not invent electric light, but he was the first to make the technology commercially viable by reducing its cost and adapting it to safely work at low voltages. Show More Summary

scienceatplay: For more than 25 years, William B. Jensen led...

scienceatplay: For more than 25 years, William B. Jensen led the University of Cincinnati’s department of chemistry. He has authored over 96 articles for the Journal of Chemical Education, and is also the founding editor of The Bulletin for the History of Chemistry. Show More Summary

New kids on the p-block

Editor’s note: this is a guest blog post from Philip Ball, Shawn Burdette, Kat Day, Eric Scerri and Brett Thornton about those four new elements and what they might/should/could be called. We’d like you to get involved too, so please do comment!  Read more

It’s easy to forget that all of us have built-in tools for...

It’s easy to forget that all of us have built-in tools for chemical analysis. Before biting into a filet of fish, your nose tells you if it is rotten with microbes that will make you sick. And if your nose fails, hopefully your taste buds warn you before swallowing. Show More Summary

Image: Compound InterestTis the season for the science of...

Image: Compound Interest Tis the season for the science of snowflakes!

Image: Compound InterestWe love Emil Braun's The Baker’s...

Image: Compound Interest We love Emil Braun's The Baker’s Book (1901) in the Othmer Library (@othmeralia), for all recipes for bread and bread-related goodies. Here’s the chemistry behind our favorite carbs.

George Whitesides: "Chemists - we change the way you live or die"

I don't know if I have highlighted this eminently readable quote from a review on the future of chemistry by the always interesting George Whitesides before, but it's quite memorable, not just because it dramatically illustrates how chemistry contributes to our world but also because it accurately does so. Show More Summary

skunkbear: Did you know that popcorn was the first type of corn...

skunkbear: Did you know that popcorn was the first type of corn domesticated by humans? Or that the starch within popcorn is liquified before it pops? This video explores the history and science of popcorn. Check out more science videos on our youtube channel!

Distillations Podcast: Is Space the Place? Trying to Save Humanity by Mining Asteroids

2015 was a good year for outer space. Star Wars: Episode VII came out, NASA started hiring...

othmeralia: Photographs…of photographers… taking...

Russ Johnson, photo technician, operating a photostat machine (1947) Joe Jardis manipulating a copy camera on its track (1947) Ford Bowers operating an Auto-Focus enlarger bellows type printer (1947) othmeralia: Photographs…of photographers…...Show More Summary

Image: Compound InterestHere’s a primer on different...

Image: Compound Interest Here’s a primer on different alloys found in everyday life.

scienceatplay: Chemistry can be a lot of fun… and a lot of...

scienceatplay: Chemistry can be a lot of fun… and a lot of mess, too! Check out the scuffed, stained, and singed lid of our Porter Chemcraft No. 2 Chemistry Set, c. 1945 (CHF Collections). In the top image, you can see how it looked before treatment. Show More Summary

Benjamin Franklin was born yesterday, on January 17, 310 years...

Benjamin Franklin was born yesterday, on January 17, 310 years ago. Here in Philadelphia, where he lived and worked, Franklin’s name is plastered on everything from street signs, to bridges, to bars–and for good reason. In addition to...Show More Summary

sciencefriday: This week, General Motors announced that it...

sciencefriday: This week, General Motors announced that it would pour $500 million into the ride-sharing service Lyft, with an aim of eventually producing a fleet of self-driving cars. And the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with autonomous vehicle tech tidbits from companies such as Toyota and Nvidia. Show More Summary

Of all the famous images from Hurricane Sandy, the one that...

Of all the famous images from Hurricane Sandy, the one that unsettled me most was the panoramic shot of the New York City skyline with almost everything below 26th Street dark. To see half of the City That Never Sleeps as nothing but a shadowy silhouette, well, it looked like the end of the world. Show More Summary

Chemistry in Your Coffee MugToo much coffee actually can kill...

Chemistry in Your Coffee Mug Too much coffee actually can kill you, but that’s not the most important thing about the chemistry of coffee. For most of us, brewing a hot cup of joe and enjoying the energy jolt it brings is essential to our mornings. Show More Summary

othmeralia: Sometimes manufacturing mistakes make for a fun...

othmeralia: Sometimes manufacturing mistakes make for a fun surprise!

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