Question: how are the chemicals you work with different to each other?

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  1. Hey @fishy5, great chatting the other day. I like your profile. I like explosions as well and dont like it when experiments go wrong or dont work, unfortunately thats happens a lot for a research scientist.

    The chemicals I use are HUGELY different to each other and so it all depends on what I’m trying to do. If I’m trying to make new chemicals then its like trying to bake a cake. There are lots of ingredients that dont just add taste but also have a job to do.

    If I’m making iridium chemicals that I use to find explosives then I have a few parts stuck together like a fishing rod. Its not just a stick that fish jump onto, its a few parts that have to work together, like your hands, a reel, a rod shaft, the line and hooks etc.

    Iridium is great at glowing in the dark, and its colours can change when things around it change. I have other chemicals called aromatics that like to share their parts with other chemicals and lastly there are chemicals that we can call bridges that are like a plug for your television.

    Most chemicals I work with can be bad for your health so we have to very careful and wear safety equipment like a lab coat and safety glasses as well a heavy boots 🙂 Makes us look a little crazy, but thats funny.



  1. The chemicals I work with have similar elements in them (e.g. carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, nitrogen) but they are assembled in many different ways. Some give a pleasant aroma while others are stinky, and different ones are bitter or coloured but don’t have any aroma.