Nuggets of Chemistry #1 – A Laughing Matter

Let’s ponder the chemical NO2: nitrogen dioxide.
This chemical has to be handled under a hood and preferably with a mask as well. If inhaled you’ll feel a stinging sensation in your throat. After 12 hours this feeling goes away.
12 hours after that you’ll be DEAD; eaten painfully up from the inside by acid.

Now, let’s ponder another chemical: N2O: Nitrous Oxide.
That’s laughing gas.
Such a wondrously small difference between death and comedy.

My new major as a chemical engineer already presents nuggets of fun and horror.
Opportunistic and lazy as I am I spotted a way to easily keep my blog posts going during these times of hardship: I will share these fun bits with you!

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