If you’re like me, you’ve spent National Chemistry Week drinking from your coffee mug that’s shaped like a beaker, you’ve been cooking with the spices you store in test tubes, you’ve been wearing your t-shirts with periodic tables printed on them and you’ve been telling your best chemistry jokes.
Originally known as National Chemistry Day back in 1987, the American Chemical Society (ACS) created this even to bring awareness of the importance of chemistry in our day-to-day lives. The holiday has since been expanded to a full week and has been celebrated during the fourth week in October since 1989. To focus activities and celebrations for the holiday, the ACS assigns a theme each year. This year’s theme is “Chemistry is Out of This World!”
While National Chemistry Week runs from Oct 21-27, Mole Day is specifically celebrated on Oct 23 from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm. It’s a very specific window to celebrate the holiday, but there’s a reason. If you’re not sure what the reason is, write out the time and date using only numerical representation. Still scratching your head? Read on!
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During National Chemistry Week, we’re continuing our trivia with an “Out of this World” focus.
Just a reminder of last week’s post:
An interesting study at the University of Georgia revealed the major component of interstellar clouds to be:
(a) Hydrogen and helium atoms
(c) My dreams
(e) Carbon Monoxide
A handful of researchers measured infrared emission from some interstellar clouds and found a measurable concentration of gas-phase naphthalene, which is the main compound in mothballs. Just to clarify, naphthalene is pretty flammable so modern day mothballs are primarily composed of 1,4-dichlorobenzene, but older mothballs contained lots of naphthalene.
It’s only the third day of National Chemistry Week so you have 4 more days to celebrate the fact that chemistry is out of this world!
Join us next week to Expand Your Horizon!
In honor of National Chemistry Week (which we look forward to celebrating during next week), today’s trivia question focuses on this year’s annual theme – Chemistry is Out of This World!
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