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Watching a Keyboard Melt Away in Acetone Is Equal Parts Disgusting and Satisfying

No matter what you do for a living, there’s a very good chance that at least some part of your job involves pecking away at a computer keyboard. That’s not going to change anytime soon, but watching a plastic keyboard melt away in a pool of acetone at least provides some cathartic satisfaction. Read More >>

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Add a Bit of Colour and Magnetic Ferrofluid Becomes the Stuff of Nightmares

We haven’t found too many practical uses for ferrofluid—a mix of oil and iron particles that appears to morph and change shape when exposed to magnets—aside from fun desktop toys. So now that we’ve discovered it becomes a nightmarish-looking blob creature when you mix in a little colour, maybe it’s time to just stop making this stuff? Read More >>

Common Antiseptic Chemical Can Harm Important Cell Function

There are many bad things to worry about. Be it climate change, diseases, rabid dogs or ticks, life is just chock full of worry. So, here’s another thing: virtually everything in your medicine cabinet. Sorry :( Read More >>

Dildos Are Safer Than Dolls, Says Swedish Study

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has found that more children's toys than sex toys contain banned chemicals. Their research showed that while just 2% of the imported sex toys studied contained dodgy substances, the figure for children's toys was much higher at 15%. Read More >>

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Chemists Explain Why You Probably Shouldn’t Bother With Cough Syrup

Every year, people spend billions on cough syrup. But is it really effective? A new video by the American Chemical Society explains why most cough medicines don’t actually work as advertised. Read More >>

The Military Tested Chemical Weapons on UK Citizens in the 1950s and ’60s

New research into shady military practises claims the government approved the testing of chemical and biological weapons in parts of the UK, without the people affected having the slightest idea they were being experimented upon. Read More >>

Lung Disease Chemical Found in E-cigarette Liquid on Sale in the UK

A chemical known as diacetyl was discovered in one of four samples of e-cigarette refills bought inside the UK, a food flavouring linked with causing, you guessed it, lung disease. Read More >>

Samsung Apologises for Crappy Work Conditions That Gave Some Employees Cancer

Samsung is going to compensate victims and their families for illnesses caused to workers in its semiconductor business, who developed leukaemia and other blood cancers as a result of being exposed to chemicals. Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun says he's "deeply heartbroken" that the grim issue wasn't spotted and resolved sooner. [Bloomberg via The Verge] Read More >>

“Legal High” Death Numbers Exaggerated by Common Substance Abusers

The number of people offing themselves by getting carried away with the paint-stripper hybrids has been exaggerated, according to former government drug advisers, who suggest "legal highs" aren't perhaps as dangerous as they're currently portrayed. Read More >>

Pressure Group Claims Hazardous Chemicals May Leave Apple Workers With Cancer and Nerve Damage

Non-profit organisation Green America says the masses of Chinese workers who assemble our fancy playthings are at risk of developing cancer and other serious conditions, thanks to poor training in how to safely use the chemicals involved in whacking together iPads and the like. Read More >>

Plastic Food Packaging Could be Poisoning Us, Warn Scientists

The acres of plastic that wraps our food stuff and stops it going limp could be causing long-term damage to our health, according to researchers, with nasty stuff -- including tiny does of formaldehyde -- leeching from packaging into the stuff we consume. Read More >>

All-Natural Bananas are Filled With Chemicals

The next time you're peeling a fresh, organic, "all-natural" banana just remember: it's filled with tonnes of chemicals! But don't worry, so is everything else. Read More >>

Makers of “Legal High” Drugs Might be Forced to Prove Their Safety

The Home Office is looking at ways to police the legal high industry more effectively, with one plan being to require makers of the various giddiness potions to prove their safety before they are allowed to be sold in the UK. Read More >>

What’s the Ink in a Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it's a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer. Read More >>

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Setting Fire to These Incredible Chemicals Is Like the Best Chemistry Lesson Ever

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane. Read More >>