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Agent Orange – The Synthesis of 2,4,5,-Trichlorophenate – #3

  The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so [...]
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11 Chemistry Tattoo Fails

by Myles Power in Blog

Schadenfreude is a German word meaning “pleasure derived from the misfortune of others” and a word whose counterpart is missing from the English language. Although I am sure we would never admit in public to taking pleasure form others’ misfortunes, the awful truth is we all secretly snigger when we see bad things happening to others. This is probably why sites like Fail Blog have become so popular in recent years, forever immortalising the failures of people so future generations can [...]

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