Lessons Learned From The Sandoz Disaster

In 1986, on the border of Switzerland and Germany, 1350 tonnes of highly toxic compounds suddenly went up in flames at a warehouse belonging to Sandoz (now part of Novartis). The fire brigade responded promptly and put out the fire in about five hours. But to do so they used millions of liters of water. Due to inadequate catch basins at... Continue Reading →

Reflections On “Breaking Bad”

Sep 18, 2012.  Updated August 10, 2013 and August 15, 2014 and July 17, 2018. Since Breaking Bad became a hit in 2008,  many male chemistry teachers across the continent have been asked by their students, "Sir, do you watch Breaking Bad? Because the character reminds me of you." It's not difficult to figure out... Continue Reading →

The Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Alcohol is categorized as a class 1 cancer-causing substance. Does that make it as dangerous as other proven human carcinogens such as benzene and heavy cigarette smoking? Generally, no. However, it doesn't mean that the findings should be overlooked, especially with regard to certain types of cancers. Not surprisingly, the risk tends to increase with... Continue Reading →

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