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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 […]

The problems with one data point

Posted June 12, 2013 By Marc Leger

A recent report, shared around the World, described an experiment conducted by a group of Danish girls that seems to demonstrate that WiFi radiation stunts plant growth. This report has supposedly caused quite a stir in the scientific community. I write “supposedly” because, to be honest, I have not seen much chatter over these results […]

Actress Angelina Jolie has been on front pages and in newscasts after going public with her decision to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery to prevent breast cancer. She wrote an op-ed piece in the May 14th edition of the New York Times, explaining that she carried the BRCA1 gene, a “faulty” gene that […]

Going to the movies in the first half of the 20th century was dangerous.  The movie theatre projection room was a particularly hazardous place to work.  And while the source of the danger was well understood, it took several decades for filmmakers to finally offer moviegoers and projectionists a safer environment to enjoy Hollywood’s finest […]