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A Scientist Spilled 2 Drops Organic Mercury On Her

Post by Rockhopper on Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:36 pm

The sad story of a Scientist who accidentally spilled some Dimethyl Mercury on her gloved hand. 



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Post by Kaere on Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:21 pm

Organic?
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:58 am

It's regarded as "Organic"because the Methyl component was originally only produced by organic processes (Methane, Methanol etc.) Today it is made from oil.

Labs today use it to calibrate Mercury detection equipment.

All the Methyl compounds are very poisonous to humans.

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Post by Agartha on Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:52 am

Poor KW, she was only 48 when she died in 1997. But her unfortunate accident means that things changed and now there are safer measures in place to protect lab staff.

I loved the way the presenter explains real science in easy terms so that anybody can understand. 

Thanks for sharing, Tim!
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Post by TrueCrazyLion on Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:57 pm

Pretty scary to think that such a small amount of a substance could be so dangerous, especially when the person in danger was believing they were protected from it... And such a horrible thing to have happen too, I can think of nothing scarier than mental deterioration like that. My heart goes out to her watching the video.

Very sobering, but educational, to watch. Nice share!
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Post by Lenzabi on Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:03 pm

And the sadder part if the current Administration will tear apart those safety regs as UN-necessary. Sad tale of Mercury overdose.

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