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  1. Kellyn
    Aug 06 - 9:43 am

    I think you earned your free dinner with this fun little piece!

  2. Harvey Leifert
    Aug 06 - 3:34 pm

    Actually, the fact that Novec 7100 does not penetrate tissue is a mixed blessing. It required the museum staff to sterilize the squids with alcohol, in decreasing concentrations, to kill any bacteria within them, prior to placing them in Novec. Otherwise, they could eventually rot from within. Alcohol and formalin, since they penetrate tissues, do not present this risk (although they have other shortcomings). Museum staff say they don’t know what the state of these specimens might be in 20-30 years, so they consider Novec to be an experiment.

    And, by the way, Kellyn, the dinner was not free! We each paid $20. The wine was free, though.

  3. [...] few months back, Melody Voith posted about our sneak peek at the Smithsonian’s new squid display. I’ve since interviewed two [...]

    Aug 20 - 5:02 pm

    This website and the articles are fascinating. Years ago, I toured the Museum and found it fascinating.

    Thank you.

    Naples, Florida

  5. Joe Flynn
    Dec 13 - 10:30 pm

    I am a docent at NMNH and visitors always ask, “Is that water in the squid tank?”
    Many are familiar with the brownish-yellow appearance of formalin.
    They’re surprised by the clarity of Novec and its’ safety benefits.

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