Celebrating Science at a Science Fiction Convention

I am a second-generation science fiction fan; my parents have been Star Trek fans since the ‘60s, and I grew up on PBS reruns of Doctor Who in the ‘80s. Like so many others, my appreciation for science fiction definitely played a role in developing my interests in real-world science. One of my favorite ways …

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Periodic Table: Nano-Style!

Did you know that 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table? We chemists in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology are happy to celebrate this all year long! A particularly delicious example of the Periodic Table (image from the Science History Institute) The periodic table as we know it was first published 150 years …

How many moles of gas are in a Pokémon Gastly?

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This year, Pokémon Go is celebrating the Halloween season with extra spooky Pokémon! As an avid fan of Pokémon as well as a chemist, I wondered, “Is there a connection between ghost Pokémon and chemistry?” With a little inspiration from last week's Mole Day, I was able to find one. (Mole Day is October 23 …