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Everyone struggles with something, the hard part is asking for help to figure it out but asking for help is one of the bravest things you can do. Subjects like maths and chemistry can be difficult but often it just takes someone going over the fundamentals or explaining a strategy that makes sense f...
Last night I tutored the last of my lovely students, before stepping back from tutoring for the foreseeable future. Big changes are coming in my life - happy changes- but they will be taking up a lot of my time and energy. And sadly, I won’t have the time for tutoring.
No I’m not getting a dog, I’m going back to full time work. As an actual Development Chemist, after many years away from the industry! To me this is pretty exciting.
Thank you to all the parents and young people all over Scotland who have sent me lovely supportive messages and given me fabulous reviews and feedback. I’m really pleased to have helped so many of you with my favourite subject, but sad that I have to stop. I will continue to help anyone, who is still looking, to find a new chemistry tutor.
I wish everyone the very best of luck, and please do keep in touch.
A Nobel Prize win for Bellshill.
“A Scottish chemist has won a Nobel Prize for developing “an ingenious tool” that allows scientists to create new molecules.
David William Cross MacMillan, born in Bellshill, has developed his work over the last 21 years since he and fellow Nobel laureate Benjamin List, independently discovered asymmetric organocatalysis.
The tool, which the Nobel Prize said had greatly impacted pharmaceutical research and had made chemistry greener, represents an entirely new type of catalyst – substances that control and accelerate chemical reactions.”
Netflix’s “Squid Game” has inspired a morning of Dalgona (cinder toffee) cooking in this house… with mixed results 😅. So much can do wrong. But if you want to avoid the trial-and-error, sticky mess and threat of a grim “elimination”, forget TikTok and do this:
Mix 100g caster sugar/normal sugar with 3 tablespoonfuls of Golden Syrup, heat in a large pan over a low heat, until all sugar crystals have dissolved/melted. At that point, heat it right up to 150degC. That’s when you add 1 teaspoonful of baking soda (not baking powder), mix it in really well then immediately cool quickly by pouring it into a lined baking tray. Leave it for at least an hour.
Or, read this:
The science and magic of cinder toffee | Andy Connelly
Andy Connelly: Sure, it will rot your teeth and make you fat, but there's nothing quite like the sweet crunchiness of cinder toffee ...
How many of these have you thrown out lately? Keep them, they’re useful!
This one popped out of this morning’s Lateral Flow Test (negative 😅 ) this morning. Because they remove moisture from the air, they can prolong the life of your photographs, prevent razors/nails/screws from rusting, keep washing powder from clumping and protect jewellery and silverware from tarnishing.
I believe that if you have enough, they can even rescue a mobile phone from water damage. Start collecting now!
Hello everyone! I hope the return to school has been a pleasant one. Here’s to a more normal year! I am very busy with chemistry students this term, but if you message me I will put you on the waiting list.
So if you win a Gold medal, it’s actually mostly Silver.
Watching the and wondering what the medals are made of? Spoiler: the gold medal is mostly not gold! https://www.compoundchem.com/2021/07/27/tokyo2020/
Someone asked a group of scientists to develop “cool” 😎 clothing. Happily they seem to have taken that quite literally….
What would YOU give for this right now? 😅