Monthly Archives: February 2018

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR BACTERIA!

Usually, to extract gold from ores, you must boil the ores in liquid mercury until only the gold remains.  This is a dangerous process since mercury is one of the most toxic of all heavy metals.  It’s also an environmental concern, due to the eventual disposal of the leftover mercury.  Enter a microscopic, soil-living bacterium [...]

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’

Do you see that tiny speck of a blue dot?  Unbelievably, you are looking at a single-positively charged atom!  This amazing image recently won the 2018 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council science photography competition. What isn’t visible to the naked eye is lead dust!  Be Safe!  Use Clean-All Heavy Metals Hand & Body Soap!

Massive Amounts of Mercury Found in Thawing Alaskan Permafrost

Scientists estimate that more than 15 million gallons of mercury are contained in the frozen permafrost regions of Alaska.  When including the non-frozen soils of these regions, the amount more than doubles making it the largest concentration of natural mercury on Earth!  Increasing temperatures have the potential to thaw permafrost in the northern hemisphere, which [...]

TOXIC TOYS IN THE ATTIC?

Here’s an interesting article for all you parents who may like to share your own childhood toys from yesteryear with your little ones today.  I’m guilty myself!  (Hello Secret Wars-era Alien Symbiote Spider-Man!)  It seems scientists in England found traces of hazardous elements in some of the toys produced in the 1970’s & 1980’s. 10% [...]