Wednesday, April 18, 2007

SEX

SEX is the official abbreviation of the molecule Sodium Ethyl Xanthate.

To promote spring feelings, 3Dchem has chosen SEX to be the molecule of the month March 2007: you can play around with different positions using their nice java applet.

According to the NICNAS fact-sheet, everything that contains more than 20% SEX is hazardous:


"Under normal conditions (20°C), there is enough moisture in the air to cause SEX to form carbon disulphide, a highly flammable, toxic gas that is readily absorbed through the skin. [...] It is poisonous but there is a lack of information about its health effects.

SEX is readily absorbed by the skin and is a skin and eye irritant [...].

Signs of high exposure are dizziness, tremors, difficulty breathing, blurred vision [...]. It causes severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation."


So, be careful...



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10 comments:

Uncle Al said...

If you are going to have SEX then you will need appropriate techniques,

J. Chem. Phys. 56(4) 1776 (1972)
"Proton-Enhanced Nuclear Induction Spectroscopy"

(Try the acronym) You don't have to pay for the privilege, either - US Patent 3792346 has expired.

Bee said...

*lol* I see, we're on the same wavelength ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bee,

So what is the real difference between atom/quantum physics and chemestry?

Is chemestry just one more step of the ladder beginning with quarks, then protons, (neutrons) and electrons?

where goes the boundaries between the different diciplines of science?

Is chemestry merely convenient and reliable recipies for mixing matter under right proportions and circumstance achieving predictable and repeatable results?


best

Klaus

Bitte nicht schlagen, nur Spass:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2Jv0gww5740

Cynthia said...

I suppose this is why SEX is XXX-rated regardless of time or place.;)

Uncle Al said...

Physics makes it possible, chemistry makes it. You cannot have things until you have stuff.

The xanthate process was a major source of rayon until the Lyocell process did much better (aside from its solvent being prone to explode if overheated - so hire an engineer, too). Go Green.

Cynthia said...

Klaus, chemistry remains more or less focused upon electromagnetism, whereas physics focuses upon all the forces in Nature. But since I'm clearly not an expert in either field, I'm more than receptive to a much better answer to your question.

Rae Ann said...

Funny! Some of those positions are actually rather suggestive. ;-)

"SEX is readily absorbed by the skin and is a skin and eye irritant"

Uh, yeah, you sure don't want to get any of that stuff in your eyes. ;-)

rafa said...

Dear Bee

You never told us about the Hyaluronidase. It was Molecule of the Month back in August 2001. It is also known as:

The killer Bee

:-)

http://www.3dchem.com/molecules.asp?ID=27

best

Bee said...

Hi Klaus,

*ouch* this video ought to be XXX-rated. Regarding your question where atom physics meets chemistry: I would say there is no strict boundary between physics and chemistry, neither is there one between chemistry and biotech, or medicine etc etc. I another direction, at some point theoretical physics dissolves into maths. Regarding your question about quantum physics: whether or not quantum effects play a role can be easily estimated for the various fields. Typically, quantum effects become more relevant for smaller distances/higher energies. Occasionally though, I am perfectly sure my brain has a wavefunction, and it collapses every now and then ;-)

Best,

B.

Bee said...

Hi Rafa,

You never told us about the Hyaluronidase. It was Molecule of the Month back in August 2001. It is also known as:

The killer Bee


I see, you have discovered my dark secret. I am the killer queen, and I am presently very, very concerned about the Colony Collapse Disorder

(Though I doubt is has something to do with cellphone nets.)

Best,

B.