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Pesty Sidesgaussling

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:57:53 +0000

I get to enjoy a commute through farm country every work day. It is my habit to pull over and watch the crop dusters when they’re out. I’m secretly jealous of them as they zoom  with their wheels just above the crop in a powerful turboprop aircraft. In the fall of 2017 I caught this […]

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College chemistry coursework that has been of enduring valuegaussling

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:11:43 +0000

As I look back on the chemistry coursework I took as an undergrad, a few classes stand out as especially useful over my career. First some qualifications: I became an organic chemist because I found it to be a good “fit” for my brain. So, organically oriented courses were obviously useful. The chemistry department at […]

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A Void in K-12 Education: Principles of Electricity.gaussling

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 23:43:32 +0000

One of my work duties is to give safety training on the principles of electrostatic safety: ESD training we call it. The group of people who go through my training are new employees. These folks come from all walks of life with education ranging from high school/GED to BS chemists & engineers to PhD chemists. […]

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Hop on the cannabinoid express!gaussling

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:26:35 +0000

Interesting. I know two chemists and an engineer from my miniscule spheroid who have recently joined the marijuana extraction industry here in Colorado. Crimony, it makes me wonder what my problem is. Alright, it turns out that’s easy to explain. I really dig reaction chemistry and thermo, you know, real sciency stuff. Not much of […]

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Gravitationally Initiated Tourette’sgaussling

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:27:41 +0000

After another tedious weekly teleconference our group adjourned and stood up from the table in the conference room.  I was furthest from the door but my normally rapid pace put me in the lead to exit. All at once mid-stride, just as my rearward foot began to move forward, it caught a phone cord that became […]

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What’s up with the Sigma-Aldrich catalog?gaussling

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:44:57 +0000

In the course of my forays into chemical sourcing or searching for data, I have begun to notice something about product entries in the online Sigma-Aldrich catalog. I’m finding that since the acquisition of Sigma Aldrich by Merck KGaA, MilliporeSigma as it is now known, many of the compounds that I find listed say the […]

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Ionospheric Bow Waves Caused by August, 2017, Eclipsegaussling

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:34:56 +0000

A recent paper (free) in Geophysical Research Letters reports the discovery of long anticipated ionospheric disturbances caused by the passing of the moon’s shadow over the earth during an eclipse. The paper, submitted by the MIT’s Haystack Observatory, reports the occurrence of ionospheric bow waves associated with the shadow ground-track of the August, 2017, North American […]

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Life With an RC1gaussling

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:54:11 +0000

I’ve been using a Mettler-Toledo (MT) RC1e reaction calorimeter for about 6 years. Our system came with MT’s iControl software, RTCal, and 2 feed pumps with balances. Overall it has proven its worth for chemical process safety and has helped us understand and adjust the thermal profile of diverse reactions. Like everything else, MT’s RC1e […]

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A Pox on the House of Microsoftgaussling

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:28:40 +0000

An automated Windows update disrupted my life today. It swooped in overnight like a winged wraith, did its dark deeds, and flapped quietly back to the dank hole from whence it came. My RC1 data may yet reside unscrambled on the disk drive, but it lies orphaned from the mother iControl application which mockingly professes […]

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On Nuclear War With the DPRKgaussling

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:34:48 +0000

The electronic news world is a colossal hodgepodge of media jumping on anything new and “compelling”. The weekend’s compelling news du jour is Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen‘s comments on the likelihood of nuclear war with North Korea (DPRK). As a retired admiral and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mullen is a strategic thinker. These days he […]

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