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by Quercus
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I can do you one better than that - I have a vial of pure, 100% capsaicin powder in the fridge behind me right now (you need about 1% to repel a bear) :twisted:. FWIW, I find it a little creepy and weird that you'd be bragging about that. See the disclaimer - don't worry, it's just twisted scientis...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

If I was a harsh chem professor, I would spray my students gloved fingertips with pepper spray. That'd make them careful of what they touch. I can do you one better than that - I have a vial of pure, 100% capsaicin powder in the fridge behind me right now (you need about 1% to repel a bear ) :twist...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

dangerous assumption to make - the number of times I see someone scratching their face with gloves on terrifies me. This is the reason I try to open doors in lab areas with my (lab coat covered) elbow, god knows how many people have touched the door handles with god knows what on their gloves. It d...
by Quercus
Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

this, oddly, was one of our chemical manufacturing clients, in an active lab environement (their server room is inside a room within the labs) you would think these people would be used to NOT sticking their fingers in places they don't belong. A dangerous assumption to make - the number of times I...
by Quercus
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

i know this is technically a COMPUTER lab, but: first of all, your sandwich and coffee should not be in this room at all, there is at least 60,000 dollars of equipment opened up on the bench right now. but when you go and set your cup of coffee ON the machine im currently working on, you crossed a ...
by Quercus
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Okay, I feel like I'm monopolising this thread now, but I have recalled the one truly bad thing I have seen. It was when I was working for a small commercial lab and we basically had only one serious competitor, and this was run by a branch of the local government administration. When the director o...
by Quercus
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

If you transform or immortalise the cells so that you can grow them continuously (which can happen just from the process of culturing them on occasion) and then accidentally expose yourself to them, well, hello cancer. Gee, I thought that was something relatively difficult. I mean, that's part of t...
by Quercus
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

How much formaldehyde was added, because... I mean, it's an irritant, but I dunno about evacuating an entire department. Set up a fan or put it near the hood and you're golden. I routinely handle 4% formaldehyde solutions without gloves, which isn't *great*, but will at worst give me a rash. Hmmm, ...
by Quercus
Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232640

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Hmmm, I've worked in a lab for 4 years or so now, but haven't actually seen anything too bad (plenty that is merely very, very annoying, such as letting a flow cytometer run dry a few hours before I need to use it at 10pm - I finally got out of the lab at about 3am on that occasion, and still lost m...
by Quercus
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What Book Would You Turn Into A Game?
Replies: 28
Views: 19099

Re: What Book Would You Turn Into A Game?

I'm not sure it would make a good computer game, but once people get orbital tourism commercially viable someone needs to put a battle room up there STAT. It makes me all tingly just thinking about it - the enemy's gate is down! :D
by Quercus
Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 454216

Re: Tattoos?

I have no tattoos as yet, but once I get my PhD I want a tattoo reading "Nullius in Verba" (the motto of the Royal Society) on my left shoulderblade to mark the occasion, something like this https://secure.flickr.com/photos/timoni/6766900327/
by Quercus
Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)
Replies: 44
Views: 21403

Re: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)

Another problem I'd like to see solved is the old butter/margarine problem. Outside of the fridge it soon turns rancid, but keeping it cool all the time is annoying to spread it on bread. I suppose one solution is to have small portions kept warm, but that just means weird scheduling, because you h...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)
Replies: 44
Views: 21403

Re: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)

Could you elaborate? I tried tight-fitting swimming goggles (well, they have to be water-tight after all) and they worked like a charm. Yes, I was surprised when they didn't work and assumed that it was something to do with tear ducts, but I can think of 3 potential reasons they didn't work for me ...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 31190

Re: Green Tea VS Water

This is obviously only anecdotal but I once drank 6 small pots of jasmine tea (green tea based) in about 4 hours and the effects were, well, strange. I don't think it was the caffeine as I didn't feel buzzy as after too much coffee, more completely spaced out, dizzy and unable to focus. Green tea is...
by Quercus
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Kitchen Problems (and Solutions!)
Replies: 44
Views: 21403

Chopping onions (a solution which actually works!)

Here's a solution for those of us who are affected badly by syn-Propanethial S-oxide, otherwise known as the compound which makes you cry when chopping onions. I have tried most of the commonly recommended solutions: leaving the base of the onion intact (what, you want me to throw away perfectly goo...

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