The Top Ten Things Scientists Think about on Halloween

Oct 28, 2015 | Blogs, Food / Beverage | 0 comments

  1. Should I be a mad scientist or something else for Halloween?
  2. Wouldn’t it be fun to bring these candy bars back to the lab tomorrow and test them for contaminants?
  3. I hope we have enough beakers for the Halloween punch.
  4. Who needs Minecraft when you can be a Mass Spectrometer for Halloween?
  5. I better not have to run these samples again – trick or treating starts in an hour.
  6. How about we melt all our candy together and see what happens?
  7. How can we make the lab look really scary?
  8. Is there a method to the madness?
  9. After I’m done carving this pumpkin, I want to see if it is covered in pesticides.
  10. Halloween? I have to work

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