Then and Now

HISTORY
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Canadian Titanium Pigments Ltd. was founded in 1936 by parent company NL Industries, one of America’s most venerable businesses. The National Lead Company, as it was first known, was established in 1772 in Philadelphia,  Pa. — four years before the United States became a nation. One of NL Industries leading products was titanium dioxide (TiO2)...

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Microwaved Coal

ENERGY
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Stick a chunk of lignite in your home microwave and you’ll find that it doesn’t even warm up: coal is transparent to microwave radiation. But you might also notice that when you’re done, your lump of “brown coal” is sitting in a little puddle of water. Electromagnetic radiation in the microwave spectrum causes polarized molecules...

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Grapevine

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Geoff Rayner-Canham, FCIC, of Memorial University and Tina Overton of the University of Hull, United Kingdom, authored the newly published Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 6th edition. The textbook includes a correlation of...

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Students sparkle at crystal awards

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Canadian high school students and teachers, including some international entries, competed last fall in the Chemical Institute of Canada’s annual National Crystal Growing Competition to create the best quality, largest and heaviest single crystal using sodium potassium aluminum sulfate (Na-K Alum). Regional and national prizes were awarded by competition sponsor Anachemia A VWR Company. Winners...

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2013 It’s Chemistry, Eh?! contest winners announced

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The 2013 It’s Chemistry Eh?! YouTube contest was an overwhelming success with 22 entries from high school students across Canada. The videos embraced such chemistry topics as the benefits of chemistry in everyday life to contributions by recognized chemists and busting chemistry myths. First place went to David Aukema for the video “Chemistry is Everywhere.” Marta...

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Then and Now

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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On going concerns about Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own civilians and Canada’s role in detecting and destroying the vast arsenal have renewed public interest...

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National Chemistry Week slimes Ottawa

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The Chemical Institute of Canada Ottawa Section celebrated last October’s National Chemistry Week by making slime for attendees to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. More than 100 parents and kids received a hands-on chemistry lesson by Bell High School student volunteers who demonstrated slime-making techniques. The event, funded in part by the CIC Chemical...

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