Tales from the lab: Anatomy of a Friday Night Experiment

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Step 1: Read about Super Dangerous Chemical

 

Step 2: Get trained on how to mix super dangerous chemical

Step 3: Dress rehearsal using water and pretending to open super dangerous chemical

[afternoon intermission to teach]

Step 4: Get ready for super dangerous chemical assay

Step 5: Load clear liquid, note lack of label!

Step 6: Quickly Label: SUPER DANGEROUS CHEMICAL

Step 7: Perform Assay under Super Careful Protocol

Step 8: Wait for results.

[Potential breakthrough]

Step 9: Solid negative results. Science.

Step 10: Get e-mail from mentor that we never actually opened Super Dangerous Chemical.

[Water doesn’t actually react with more water]

[Start again next week]

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