Really must beg to differ, "Fluoroantimonic acid", isnt really the strongest acid out there. Sorry! Plus, the damage it does to glass is due to the dissociation of HF from the SbF5 which is notorious. In reality there are many higher coordination networks of antimony and fluorine that do the job in the HF and SbF5… » 4/16/15 7:24am Thursday 7:24am

I LOVE science!! We build up a model from things we see AND things we dont. We ask "What do we expect if..." and then see if the data fits the pattern. If not, we change the model and try again. It might sound like it is contrary to the scientific method, but it isnt. Sometimes we cant 'perform' the experiment in… » 3/31/15 4:47am 3/31/15 4:47am

NASA has some incredible traditions. I was lucky enough to visit the original Apollo Mission Control room and they have one wall where they post the mission plague on the left when the mission starts. At the end of the mission they have a little ceremony where they move the plague to the right wall in remembrance of a… » 1/28/15 4:24pm 1/28/15 4:24pm

Tenure is not what it used to be! It is no longer a secure position at all. It does help keep the whims of an administrator from kicking you to the curb for a whim, but it is still very possible to contractually eliminate a faculty member or a whole department of faculty members with or without tenure. » 6/20/14 2:53pm 6/20/14 2:53pm