- In the wake of this news report--Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad ( http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php …)--I asked my twitter followers, many of whom are practicing scientists, whether or not they've accidentally caused an explosion while doing science in high school.Full post - On stifling scientific curiosity, in the most egregious way possible. - http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=14864 …
- — Kristina Killgrove (@DrKillgrove)Wed, May 01 2013 17:51:26Zero Tolerance Watch: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Science Experiment http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/01/zero-tolerance-watch-teen-faces-felony-c …5/0… vreasonason
- — Andrew David Thaler (@SFriedScientist)Wed, May 01 2013 16:56:40Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- The answer is a pretty hefty "Yes."
- — Matthew R. Francis (@DrMRFrancis)Wed, May 01 2013 16:56:50Me. RT @SFriedScientist: Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- — Douglas Main (@Douglas_Main)Wed, May 01 2013 16:59:02@SFriedScientist I did, pretty bad. Put liquid nitrogen in a 16-oz plastic bottle, sealed it tightly, and nearly blew my hand off.
- — Michael Rally (@Michael_RA)Wed, May 01 2013 17:02:21Me, using pure O2 RT @SFriedScientist: Random twitter poll: how many of y'all accidentally blew something up in high school doing science?
- — Rachel Graham (@PictureEcology)Wed, May 01 2013 17:02:24@SFriedScientist Well, we did an experiment with baking soda in balloons that were "secured" over bottles of vinegar...until they flew off.
- — Terry Harvey-Chadwic (@ScienceViking66)Wed, May 01 2013 17:25:29@SFriedScientist I accidentally pulled out a lit bunsen hose from the tap. Made a jet of flame cross the class. Never seen kids move so fast
- — Bill AND Thomas dog (@Billinsoton)Wed, May 01 2013 18:13:35
- — Susan Vickers (@susanmvickers)Wed, May 01 2013 17:29:00@SFriedScientist I had a rxn mixture boil & spatter nearly into my face. I don't remember what rxn but teacher was very concerned!
- — Elaine Brewer (@mrselaineious)Wed, May 01 2013 19:21:51@SFriedScientist Now knowing what you're talking about. Yes. I did blow things up & spilled highly toxic chems too but I never got expelled
- — Michael Rally (@Michael_RA)Wed, May 01 2013 19:41:00@SFriedScientist My exp details. Mg burns w a bright light in air Ca doesnt. Ca occupies similar slot in table. Maybe pure o2 wld help? BOOM
- — Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill)Wed, May 01 2013 20:05:05@SFriedScientist Dude, I blew something up in -grad school- doing science. Concentrated sulfuric acid and acetic anhydride + water = BOOM!
- — Troy A Roepke (@DrGlitterbear)Wed, May 01 2013 20:05:35@SFriedScientist Although I didn't go to high school in the typical sense, I did blow up a few things using chemistry textbook as a guide.
- — Ben Cowie (@snowandscience)Wed, May 01 2013 20:17:00@SFriedScientist I blew up a beaker with some elemental sodium - offgassing of H2 gas in beaker was just enough when Na piece ignited
Florida teen tries to do science, gets felony charge for curiosity
Science is messy and it's messiest when we're just learning how the scientific process works.
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