Star Trek fans will recall the episode “Devil in the Dark” where a silicon based creature burrowed through rock. While we know of no such animal, silicon does form a diverse range of molecules, suggesting it is not impossible. On Earth, it forms over 3000 different compounds. Many of these are silicates and an interesting subgroup of these are zeolite catalysts.
Prof. Paul Lacaze of Monash University in Melbourne, VI, Australia poses beside our
36 base pair “Big Bang Theory” DNA model in the picture below.
Paul is Head of the Public Health Genomics Program & recently took delivery of our best DNA molecular model. It’s doing double duty as a Xmas tree which is a bit ironic since Melbourne will be close to 30o this Christmas. All the best from us at Indigo Instruments where it will be much colder here in Waterloo.
Functional Groups-See the Difference?
Molecular models are important learning tools even now with computer versions available. Physical models help understand naming functional groups, see the importance of atom geometry, molecular symmetry, bond rotation & more. Teaching chemistry in an auditorium? Then you need extra large molecular models.
It’s hard to believe 11 years have gone by since the Big Bang Theory debuted. For us at Indigo Instruments, this is particularly memorable since the new 11th season is the 10th anniversary of our DNA model(s) appearing in Sheldon & Leonard’s apartment.
Molecular models have been essential teaching tools for chemistry, biology and crystallography for decades. Their predicted obsolescence due to computer modelling has proven unfounded as the importance of physical manipulation is reiterated.
Indigo® GlowBonds™ add a new dimension as seen by the 6 examples below.
Inflammation, we’ve all had it at one time or another. It can be something as simple as swelling to something more painful like a headache, arthritis or gout. Surprisingly, many can be treated by NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs).
Many are familiar over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen but there many more available now and with so many choices which to use?