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The Curious Wavefunction

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

The origin of life is chemistry's quintessential Big Question (Image: NASA)

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get. More importantly, what chemistry may lack in terms of big questions it has in spades in terms of [...]

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Where’s the chemistry lobby? On why we need a National Center for Chemical Education

Veteran chemistry blogger Derek Lowe’s takedown of the nonsensical Buzzfeed article about eight “food chemicals” that you should stay away from was an excellent rejoinder to what was essentially a pile of sensationalized opinions disseminated by someone who does not bother reading up on basic science, but it also gave me a sinking feeling that [...]

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How to recognize (and talk to) a chemophobe.

Image: Nourishingwithin

Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion of chemophobia in the popular press and on blogs. But it seems to me that there have been few summaries of the general features of chemophobia and how to exorcise them. So I thought I would put together a short list, largely personal, [...]

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Why I am a chemist

The twentieth century was supposedly the century of physics and the twenty-first century is that of biology. Where does chemistry fit in? The answer is, in both. Chemistry was integral to both the physics and biology that dominate their respective centuries. It has played a major role in human existence for as long as civilization [...]

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