Ethics and Pharmaceuticals

Being a college student who isn’t really sure of what path I want to take, I’ve been reading up on different careers and paths. One of the ones that I looked at is the pharmaceutical industry. Being in the socially-conscious, activist scene, my visceral reaction was negative. How could I join an industry that is “the Man”? Continue reading

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Every Element in Superhero Form

I stumbled upon something really cool today. Someone drew superhero characters for every element on the periodic table and gave each element its own personality.

You can find it here: Periodic Table

They said they are going to be selling them at some point, but I don’t know when or how. 

I’m studying so hard for all my classes including my Chemistry class. This was a nice break from it all. Merry Finals! (If that’s possible).

Supercritical Liquid

Source: scienceblogs.com

I love when my mind is blown in class, especially in chemistry. Surprise! In the lecture before our Fall Break, my professor decided to show us what a supercritical liquid looks like since we were talking about phase changes and some of the math behind the different states. Continue reading

Breaking Bad

Something you might not know about me is. I don’t watch much television. I have not turned my actual television in months. I watch lots of YouTube videos and shows on Hulu. I guess online tv is the new DVD and TVs are becoming VHS’s. And yes I was around when DVDs came out. Anyway, I started watching Breaking Bad. I had friends recommending it to me for SUCH a long time and I finally got around to watching it. I am so hooked.  Continue reading

The Sorta Kinda Lab On Mordants This Time

Today I did a lab on how mordants affect yarn colors from natural dyes. I used the same book I used for the other lab. The natural sources I used were blackberries, onion skins, (decaf) coffee, and (Lipton) tea. It was so exciting to see the results. I was definitely shocked when some of the colors were extreme (which is really nice to have since I’ve only really seen very nice and soft colors from natural dyes online).  Continue reading

Sorta Kinda Lab Report: pH Dependency on Dyes

I decided to do one of the labs that was presented in The Chemistry of Natural Dyes by Dianne N. Epp. The lab tests out what pH levels have on the colorfastness of a dye. Since, I probably shouldn’t post all of the lab information on here, this post will focus more on the results. Continue reading

So, what is the chemistry behind it? Part 3

So, this is the subsequent post to Part 2 if it wasn’t obvious by now. This post is going to be about acid dyes, how it interacts with wool, why you soak yarn in water, and what mordants are for! (Warning, slightly long post)Continue reading

So, what is the chemistry behind it? Part 1

I read through The Chemistry of Natural Dyes by Dianne N. Epp and WOAH did I learn a lot! And now I have an explanation for what’s going on which is personally exciting! In this post I’m gonna talk about Keratin. It’s what wool is made out of.  Continue reading