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Hidden Life in Pond Water

While a tablespoon of pond water might look quite devoid of life, a closer look reveals quite the opposite. Though they may be difficult to spot with the naked eye, that doesn’t mean they’re not important or amazing. Here are some of the amazing critters shown in that video and some interesting facts about each. Water … Continue reading

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Exhortations for Responsible Action*

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Professor of Chemistry The William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea Director, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Department of Chemistry University of Wisconsin-Madison It was a privilege and a great honor to serve as president of the American Chemical Society in 2012. Only two other UW-Madison faculty members have served … Continue reading

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Cleaning without chemicals? Part I – The use and hazards of traditional cleaning chemicals

This is part one of a two (maybe three…definitely four at the most) part series What motivated me to explore the chemical world of cleaning? Is it possible to have nice smelling armpits without lathering up some soap in the shower? Can we permanently get rid of those traditional cleaning chemicals that almost everyone has … Continue reading