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The Chemistry department of the University of Nottingham has done it again. Since this particular subject is important, as it affects our lives and health, just as it will affect our children, I’ve promoted it to Video of the Day.
Professor Martyn Poliakof and his hair talk about how the ozone layer protects us, how the hole is formed, and why ozone closer to the ground is A Bad Thing. Amazingly, he manages to do this while wearing city clothes on a busy beach, surrounded by bikini babes, and never once losing his concentration. Outstanding, sir.
Chemist Professor Martyn Poliakoff, from the University of Nottingham, is filmed in his office for The Periodic Table of Videos project. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Or: do you have a Licence for explosives, sir?
There is apparently a trend in many Western countries of students moving away from scientific studies and opting more for “soft” subjects like sociology and theatre studies. Which is a shame, because a well-balanced society needs both. The Chemistry department of the University of Nottingham have launched their own online campaign to (re)interest people in chemistry, by making short, Youtube-sized films about every single known chemical element: The Periodic Table of Videos
And so you have it: elements that pong, elements that go BANG!, an in-depth investigation into whether professors in inorganic chemistry can boil an egg (answer: no), useful hints on how to blow up a birthday cake, and a strong general sense that chemistry is fun.