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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 09:59
Rador Labs - the outreach collaborative!


What is Rador Labs, exactly?

Well, as I said earlier, it's an outreach collaborative. We'll be on social media, promoting many things:

The practice of amateur chemistry
Large collaborative projects within the established amateur chemistry community
Chemistry education for younger students
How-to videos of all sorts, from lab setup to organic synthesis
Conquering chemophobia through education

We currently have an email (radorlabs at gmail.com) and a Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/RadorLabs). A YouTube channel will be in the making. If you want the passwords to these accounts please U2U me, zts16, The Volatile Chemist, No Tears Only Dreams Now, or Tdep.

If you have any ideas to expand our goals, or want to begin a collaborative project, edit our Sciencemadness Wiki page here:

http://sciencemadness.wikia.com/wiki/Rador_Labs

[note: I can't get the BBCode buttons to work on the Metro version of IE.]




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 13:13


I'll help out as much as I can.
Also why rador labs?


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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 13:23


Rador labs is Labradors inverted. Just for giggles, I'm pretty sure. :)
I'm going to start thinking of a video to make. Maybe a garage/back yard lab setup video, since many people, including myself, have to deal with less than ideal lab spaces.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 14:05


Add that to the Activities section of the Rador Labs wiki page. I have my own collab idea there as well. I'd like to help out but I cannot set up a backyard/garage lab at this time.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 14:12


just saying that searching rador labs will just give pictures of dogs. So we really need to try advertising it. I can make an instagram post if you'd like and I'm sure others can feature it on their social medium.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 14:27


Quote: Originally posted by bismuthate  
just saying that searching rador labs will just give pictures of dogs. So we really need to try advertising it. I can make an instagram post if you'd like and I'm sure others can feature it on their social medium.
Actually if you search "rador labs" (in quotes) the first pictures that come up are a few seemingly random pictures for this forum, and that's about it!

I'll add my idea to the wiki page.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 14:51


Before we advertise this too heavily, it'd be nice to have a few ideas and posts to give us some credibility. We wouldn't want prospective subscribers to think that we didn't have our act together and then just pass us up.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 15:00


I agree with you on that. Also, the twitter link in your signature is broken. I think you need to remove the ! from the end of the url.

Is the YouTube channel that we use going to be the one associated with the Gmail, or is there some other way that we are going to make it?




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 15:28


The YouTube channel will be associated with the Gmail, I just haven't gotten around to making it. If you want to make it go right ahead.

Also, if you can think of any other sites that would help us get out and about, please make an account for it (Instagram, Facebook, whatever). I wasn't sure whether to make a Blogger blog or a Tumblr blog; what do you think?

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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 16:24


Was somebody watching Minecraft videos on YouTube while logged into the Rador Labs account... because that's all that's in the recommended for you videos!

(I'm setting up the YouTube channel now)




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 16:40


I would love to contribute, but can't think of a single thing I'd actually do...



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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 16:59


The SM wiki page for Rador Labs has some ideas. You can join them or start one of your own.



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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 18:30


Quote: Originally posted by zts16  
I agree with you on that. Also, the twitter link in your signature is broken. I think you need to remove the ! from the end of the url.


Thanks for that. The exclamation point wasn't supposed to have made it into the link.




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[*] posted on 15-9-2014 at 19:34
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Of course Robert Bruce Thompson and Elemental Scientific are doing a lot along these lines, and there is still Thames and Cosmos out there I think*, but times being what they are making convenient small quantities of chemicals available at low prices would help out young chemistry enthusiasts a lot. A group of people could farm out the task, acquiring and breaking down the chemical list.

I find amateur astronomers are very generous with their time and resources in this way to promote their science-hobby.

*The large chemistry set seemed impossible to obtain some years ago when I was trying to get a chemistry set for my daughter.
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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 08:37


careysub, that's an excellent idea, I'll add it to the Sciencemadness Wiki page for further discussion.

zts16, have you set up the YouTube channel? If so link it in your sig or on the wiki page.




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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 11:27


I would love to help.
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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 11:32


You're on board now. Check out the first-row links on our sig for more info.

@RealTimeChem on Twitter may be able to give us some more exposure.




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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 12:19


The YouTube channel exists and has a description, but it still needs a background picture and an avatar. I don't have any chemistry pictures that are both high quality and interesting looking. Just log into the google account and go to YouTube, it'll be there.

It would be really cool to make and sell small amounts of chemicals for amateurs, but wouldn't we have to make an actual company for that if it's anything organized? It seems like it might be troublesome... Also making chemicals of consistent quality in an amateur setting would take some dedication, depending on what the chemical is and the desired purity anyway.

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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 12:28


Try picking a few from our wiki or Wikimedia. You can use the same ones I used for our Twitter, if you like. Also, it would be cool if we had a channel intro. I don't know how to make one myself (and I need to learn how to do so for my own YT channel!).



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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 17:44


Rador labs = Labrador right? :P

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[*] posted on 16-9-2014 at 19:34


That's a golden retriever. But it totally fits us! Unfortunately @FantasticSkep has taken the photo as his own avatar :(

zts16, we can design a chemistry set and possibly pitch the idea later. As soon as I'm in college I'll get to test plenty of reagents for inclusion worthiness. As for incorporating ourselves...that would be a separate venture. I'd like us to have an outreach focus.




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[*] posted on 17-9-2014 at 14:28


Quote: Originally posted by careysub  


*The large chemistry set seemed impossible to obtain some years ago when I was trying to get a chemistry set for my daughter.


This October 2012 SMithsonian article is interesting:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-rise-and-fa...

One tid bit I gleaned from it is this:
"Educational toy retailer Discover This reported strong sales of chemistry sets during last year’s Christmas season, anchored by a revamped line of traditional chemistry sets from Thames & Kosmos. Cook says that the sets are very similar to the Chemcraft and Gilbert sets of the early 20th century but may be even better for learning science. "

These revamped Thames & Kosmos chemistry sets seem to have hit the market around December 2011.

I would have been looking to buy a set in 2010, maybe the very start of 2011. Looks I just missed out on having a decent set available at that moment in time.
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[*] posted on 18-9-2014 at 20:04
Please utilize...


We have a Twitter, a YouTube, and an Instagram now. Unfortunately nobody has been using them. I've posted a notice about the Instagram and YouTube account in the Pretty Pictures thread. On Twitter, I'm trying to get support, but we need more contributors!

Invite whomever you think would be a good contributors. Post quality materials from other members, and ask permission to share if you feel necessary. And don't forget to include wiki articles, and, most importantly, how-tos!

I may make us a subreddit later on.




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[*] posted on 20-9-2014 at 05:14


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPo3IxlWhYY
So I uploaded a video and just wanted to say everybody feel free to edit or change it as you see fit.
And if it's not good i can take it down and work on it some more.

[Edited on 20-9-2014 by bismuthate]




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[*] posted on 20-9-2014 at 08:36


I like it! Chromium-EDTA was a good choice. The only thing you may want to add is info regarding the reactants (types and amounts).

Unfortunately I just found out that you have to have the Instagram app to post to Instagram - so I'm posting photos to Twitter now.




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