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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted February 25, 2010 23:50      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
As a chemist, I may be a bit biased, but some of my compadres are quite ballsy.

The comic reminded me of this, which describes some more vigorous chemical reactions. An example quote:
”It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals-steel, copper, aluminium, etc.-because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.”

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted February 26, 2010 09:47      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I love that blog. Whenever my husband gets on my case about the hypothetical dangers of my biochemistry, I whip it out and remind him I could be into rocket fuels. And then in the things I won't do section, there's that bit about working with tunicates. Whenever I start feeling overly sorry for myself I go read it.

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And it's one, two, three / On the wrong side of the lee / What were you meant for? / What were you meant for?
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