Chemophobia Archive

Why is a dog eating chemical-free deodorant?

Posted April 7, 2014 By Marc Leger

During this past winter, Atoms and Numbers saw an incredible spike in traffic to my post on chemical-free chemistry sets. Most of the additional visitors came from Facebook, and due to their privacy setup, I could not locate the posts that generated the traffic, but I trust the readers enjoyed that post. I reread that post […]

Consider the audience when addressing chemophobia

Posted July 18, 2013 By Marc Leger

In recent months, there has been an ongoing discussion among chemists and other scientists in social media on how to best communicate concerns and responses to those who espouse chemophobia.  Since the ScienceOnline conference in early 2013, I’ve seen a movement that is slowly maturing, as some fundamental questions are debated in this community. What are […]

In late April, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot, a now-former student at Bartow High School in Florida, was expelled from school, put in handcuffs, and taken away to the town’s Juvenile Assessment Center. Her crime? Outside the school building but within its grounds, she mixed two common household chemicals in a water bottle, causing a small explosion […]

I have just returned from a vacation mostly in places with limited Internet access, so I spent little time on Atoms and Numbers, other than moderating comments. Last week’s post on the non-existence of “water memory”, with only a few passing references to homeopathy, did result in a series of comments from a certain homeopath, […]

What is education’s place in dealing with chemophobia?

Posted February 7, 2013 By Marc Leger

My Twitter feed was alight recently with the hashtag #scio13, representing ScienceOnline 2013 – a conference in North Carolina focussed on science communication, particularly online. Because of who I follow, it was natural that there was much traffic related to Session 8A – “Chemophobia and Chemistry in the Modern World”. The session abstract asks two […]