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Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

Aqua regia: a good place to hide stuff. Credit: flickr user willandbeyond

Aqua regia: Good for cleaning up around the lab, etching stuff … and dissolving Nobel Prize medals before the Nazis arrive. [NPR]

Forget the dreamhouse. “Barbie pagoda” fungus discovered inNew Caledonia. [The Observer]

When good compounds go bad.ClemsonUniversitychemistry professor John Huffman’s synthetic cannabinoids have taken on a life of their own. [LA Times]

Chemistry grad students, leave your cell phones at home. They’ll be blowin’ up because now they can alert you AND the authorities to the presence of hazardous chemicals. [Infozine]

Scientists developing pill to counteract effects of alcohol on brain cells, testing on drunk mice. Now why didn’t the Newscripts gang get invited to this party in the lab? [Telegraph]

Enjoying some fruit this morning? Here’s some news you didn’t want to hear. [NY Times]

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    by » Aqua regia Will and Beyond

    [...] with a lot of different metals, to avoid contamination, we normally clean our stirbars with aqua regia. But we also use normal stainless steel tweezers for retrieving them.  Here’s what happens [...]

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