DO NOT GIVE OR GET ANY VACCINATIONS FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS………..
Ok, lets break this down nice and simple.
Formaldehyde is from the purification of the vaccine. 99.9% of which is removed. The reason it doesn’t give a dosage is so minuscule that it can’t be measured without going into picograms. That’s one trillionth of a gram. You breathe in more formaldehyde by driving down a busy road than in a vaccine.
Thimerosal is NOT elemental mercury, It is a molecular compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, mercury, sodium, oxygen, and surfer. This is used as a preservative for the vaccine. Thimerosal is used in a variety of other things, like tattoo ink, facial creams, nasal sprays. It’s toxic to humans only in fairly large quantities but highly toxic to aquatic born organisms like infectious bacteria. In short, it makes sure you don’t get salmonella from a stray bacteria from the chicken embryos.
As for the dosage of the Thimerosal. That is the most laughable point in this post. It says 25 mcg, that’s micrograms, or one millionth of a gram. To put this in perspective, a dollar bill weighs roughly 1 gram, the average human eyelash is around 80-90 micrograms. The box also says that it contains a 5ml (milliliter/cc) vial which leads me to my next point.
A little simple math and we find out that 25 mcg = 0.00003 ml and a little more math we find that 0.00003 ml is 0.00006% of 5 ml. Let me put this another way. By the age of 5, an American child weighs about 50-55lbs and their body contains 55 mcg of Uranium. I don’t see any kids running around with radiation sickness, so I think they’re safe with a preservative in them.
TL;DR: This is like saying you don’t want your child eating their baked birthday cake because raw eggs were used to make it and you don’t want your child getting salmonella from it.
Oh god you fucking people. I want to create an island called ‘Anti-vaccination Nation’ and all the antivax people have to live there and die together from the various diseases they are no longer protected from. Idiots.
Not from the lab, but this is also chemistry: crystalline glaze vase!
This special type glaze crystallizes at a specific temperature while the vase is burned. How does the work? The glaze contains a lot zinc oxide, and a few secret component what melts at 1200 °C. While the vase is in the furnace it is cooled slowly (under hours) from 1200 °C to 1150 °C what lets the glaze to crystallize, just in a beaker in the lab. If the glaze is cooled down too fast, small crystals or even no crystals form, or if its cooled down under days, really large, even cm long crystals could form on the surface of the vase.
Why is this so interesting? Every glaze what is made via this method is unique and unrepeatable, since its impossible to grow the same amount and the same shape of crystals on its surface.
I’ve got a buddy that’s into pottery as a hobby, and he’s done this a couple times. The glaze is interesting because it’s a mix of Lithium Carbonate, calcinated zinc oxide (~30%), something called “Ferro 3110” (potash, sodium carbonate, quicklime, alumina, Boron trioxide, and silica), Bentonite, and a colorant.
You can even use temperature to change the way the crystals grow! There’s a certain temperature range that’s conducive to crystal growth (I believe it’s 2000°F +/- 100°F). If you go on the hot side, the crystals will tend toward being bar or double-axe-head shaped. If you go cooler, they’ll tend to round out a bit and start looking like flowers.
The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.
Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg. Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:
Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.
First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:
…the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.
She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)
Albert Hoffman’s original molecular model sketches for LSD and Psilocybin.
Albert Hofmann (1906-2008) was a brilliant chemist who was the first to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. He was also the first to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin
Contrary to popular belief ‘Bicycle Day’ was not an accident.
I don’t think many people think bicycle day was an accident: Bicycle day is explicitly the day of Hofmann’s first DELIBERATE experiment with LSD. The accident had occurred several days before on the 16th.
I’ve just heard it referred to as an accident in some circles.
Q:Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it
It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.
Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.
They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.
You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.
Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do.
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.
I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.
Best way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA
Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish.
I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program.
Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon?
Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?
At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:
Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop
Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.
Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:
"don’t belong there"?! excuse you!
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?
In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils
On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)
Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire
So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions
oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—
better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.
SCIENCE TO DO
NO TIME FOR SEXIST MAN CHILD ANONS
oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—
Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this
While dressed fabulously like this
Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt.
I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE.
Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.I can add that in my university, medicine has a 70% of women aproximately. Hmmmmm, yes, science is obviosly a men’s thing RIGHT???
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, recut to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey
Blue Blood Donors
In the first half of the 20th century, scientists faced a vexing problem. Too many people were being sickened and killed by bacterial endotoxin—a substance in a bacteria’s outer membrane toxic to animals and resistant to heat—contracted through vaccines and surgery tools. The only way to determine if something was contaminated was to test it on animals, a slow and expensive process.
In 1956 a scientist named Fred Bang was studying the blood circulation in horseshoe crabs. He observed that when a crab became infected with gram-negative bacteria (a type of bacteria difficult to detect with standard tests), its blood coagulated and turned into a thick jelly. He continued analyzing this phenomenon and found that horseshoe crab blood contains a cell that releases a clotting agent that captures foreign contaminants before they infect the whole crab.
Horseshoe crabs need this clotting ability to keep the billions of microscopic organisms in the ocean at bay. If a crab gets a cut or a puncture in its shell, its blood will harden around the hole and freeze foreign contaminants in place. This trait may have helped the horseshoe become one of the oldest living animals; the species is more than 500 million years old.
Scientists were quick to isolate the clotting agent (named Limulus amebocyte lysate, or LAL) and use it to test the presence of bacteria in medicine and pharmaceutical equipment. If the LAL turns into gel after coming into contact with a vaccine, the vaccine is contaminated. If nothing happens, it is safe to use on humans. This simple test has saved thousands of lives since its invention.
The only issue is that scientists now need horseshoe crab blood, and lots of it. Hundreds of thousands of crabs are bled each year to keep up with the demand for LAL, and each time a crab is harvested about 30% of its blood is taken before it is released back into the ocean. The blood is drained by strapping down the crab and inserting a large needle into the tissue near its heart. The medical industry claims that mortality rates are low, but some studies suggest that as many as 15% of all crabs harvested end up dying. Additionally, other studies have shown that even though the crabs can replenish most of their blood in a few weeks, the harvesting process has a detrimental effect on their movement speed and breeding ability. With horseshoe crab populations already threatened by fishermen who use them as bait, pharmaceutical companies need to switch to an alternative to LAL sooner rather than later.
Luckily there are some promising substitutes already available. A laboratory at Princeton University is testing microchip coated with antimicrobial peptides found on the back of the African clawed frog. When the peptides react with bacteria, the microchip sends out an alert. Other labs have developed recombinant Factor C, essentially a synthetic version of the clotting agent in horseshoe crab blood.
By Jacob Roberts
Image: Horseshoe crab blood is harvested and used to test for vaccines for potentially deadly contaminations. The bright blue color of the animal’s blood comes from the copper molecules used to carry oxygen (human blood uses iron). Wikimedia Commons.
45 years ago, for the first time in human history humans stood on the Moon. The human story began 200,000 years ago, 199,939 of which were on Earth.
On July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the Moon.
They of Apollo 11 have the most fame but they weren’t the only people to be a part of this huge journey so:
Thank you Yuri Gagarin, Gus Grissom, Jim Lovell, Chris Hadfield and Christa McCauliffe just to name a few. Some of you died but you’ve kept the spirit of human dreams and destiny alive. You are and were the best of us. Here’s to hoping the future won’t let you down
Good good, what’s good? Lol. High
what the fuck is it with the people on this site is attention THAT important that there’s now a show offy club for fucking METH? there’s a fucking meth fandom what the fuck what the FUCK
man there’s a heroin fandom, a meth fandom… it’s fucking scary how people glorify these dumb shitty things they put into their bodies
Like what the fuck is your problem? Meth shaming/drug shaming is very problematic. Do you harrass people who do weed too? Just accept people have different hobbies and interests from you, creep.
Meth isn’t weed dumb fuck
Do the drugs other people do bother you? no? shut the fuck up then. nice abelist slur btw.
Meth makes people fucking crazy are you serious that shit is dangerous you have problems bud
I’d like to call attention to the fact that someone’s just called smoking meth a “hobby.”
There’s a key bit of information left out here— “…allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses narcotics during her pregnancy.”
Our society criminalizes pregnant women and new mothers who use narcotics during pregnancy.
Golly gee, that doesn’t sound quite as horrible, now does it?
By the way, I don’t support this law-that’s not how you properly treat addiction. That is no excuse for shoddy reporting and grossly misleading headlines.