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How Bleach Works: Understanding Colors From Nature

September 8, 2016

Why are tomatoes red? Why are carrots orange? Why are egg yolks yellow?   And… why is Vulcan blood green? OK, I’m not going to touch that last one, but as for the first three: great question. There are…

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A Gallery of Some Interesting Molecules From Nature

April 21, 2016

[In which we inch our way, very very slowly, towards spectroscopy and structure determination] Recently I wrote about my experience of finding a bottle of  “White Tail Doe Urine” in the back of my rental …

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New IUPAC Rules Make Molecular Names More Pronounceable, Friendlier

April 1, 2016

Bowing to pressure from consumer products companies facing a growing public relations nightmare over chemical ingredients in food, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has made sweeping change…

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The Organic Chemistry Behind “The Pill”

The Organic Chemistry Behind “The Pill”

February 13, 2015

The Most Interesting Man In The World passed away the other week. No, not THAT guy. He’s just an actor. The OTHER guy. The OTHER guy is Carl Djerassi, organic chemist, professor, author, playwright, and most not…

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My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

January 6, 2015

Hey folks – it’s been awhile! Let me explain. It all started very innocently. In mid November I started noticing that a little bump I’d had on the back of my neck for what seemed like forever had started get…

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How Concepts Build Up In Org 1 (“The Pyramid”)

How Concepts Build Up In Org 1 (“The Pyramid”)

September 5, 2014

I LOVE making maps. Whenever I played adventure games as a kid (or, let’s face it, as an adult) I often made meticulous maps of how each area led to the next. Any time I really want to understand something, I have …

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Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?

Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?

August 15, 2014

In April of this year, Braves reliever Luis Avilan came in with a 5-1 lead in the 8th inning. Eight batters later, he’d given up five runs, blowing the lead. Thankfully for him, the Braves came back in the top of th…

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Goodwill Notoriously Absent In Miramax, MOC Lawsuit

Goodwill Notoriously Absent In Miramax, MOC Lawsuit

April 1, 2014

Special to MOC from Variety HOLLYWOOD, CA – Mirimax Entertainment announced today that they are suing educational organic chemistry website Master Organic Chemistry for an undisclosed amount in damages, citing c…

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We Sponsored A Cat!

We Sponsored A Cat!

November 29, 2013

As a result of the recent webinar “Everything I Know About Stereochemistry I Learned From Cats”, we raised enough money to sponsor a cat from Safe Haven For Cats, a no-kill animal shelter in Raleigh, North…

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The Most Important Map Ever Published

The Most Important Map Ever Published

November 20, 2013

Is it “Orgo”, “Organic”, or “O-Chem” at your school? Blog pal Chemjobber has compiled a “Pop vs. Soda“-like map of the USA, but it still needs more data.  Your assistan…

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