Author: Sean

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Solubility and Solvent Systems

‘If it dissolves, your problem is solved’ – a simple adage, and also one that chemists take quite literally. Finding a solvent that can dissolve your substrates is a key step for any synthesis. In many reactions, solvents also play...

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Alpha, Beta, Gamma: Types of Ionizing Radiation

Radiation is all around us. From radio waves transmitting information to the visible spectrum that gives our world color. Heck, even talking produces radiation in the form of sound. But what about the more dangerous forms of radiation: alpha and...

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Why Does Nature Hate The Color Blue?

Nature is full of color, just look around you. Animals and plants are incredibly vibrant with different hues; the result of millions of years of evolution. And despite being rather common in everyday objects, one specific color eludes our natural...

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Origins of Atomic Theory

If all the knowledge of humanity was to be completely erased save for a single concept, which one should we choose to keep? The great physicist Richard Feynman once remarked that our best bet would be for atomic theory to...