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Article archive for March, 2018

  • March 28th, 2018

    Emission or Absorption?

    Tweet In an intriguing novel called Chemistry, by Weike Wang (who holds a chemistry degree), she writes, “A laser is colorful by emission. It is green because it emits light. It is not like a leaf that is green because it absorbs red light…In this way, a green laser is a purer form of color [...]

  • March 21st, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 4: Bioremediation

    Tweet Bioremediation — microbes eating oil spills — has taken the energy industry by storm. Oil companies love it because they can pretend oil spills are no longer a threat to the environment, and will just go away with nature’s help. But… The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of conservation of [...]

  • March 14th, 2018

    What Scares Retail Stores Most

    Tweet Slip and fall accidents in the retail environment are scarier than a horror movie for business owners. In fact, slip and fall claims are the horror movie, because, by law, businesses that welcome the public onto their premises have a legal duty to keep them “reasonably” safe. Legal website AllLaw.com explains, “Whether it’s a [...]

  • March 7th, 2018

    Minding Your D’s and B’s

    Tweet In the English language, the smallest change can make the biggest difference. Take humus and hummus, for example. The first is the organic component of soil, formed as leaves and other plant material decompose. The latter is a thick paste made from ground chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. They’re completely different [...]