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I majored in chemistry, worked briefly in the food industry and at Fisheries and Oceans. I then obtained a degree in education. Since then I have taught chemistry in the U.S. but mostly in Canada... Read More »

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With my team down twelve runs, I still felt compelled to attempt a running catch with my back to the infield. Our center fielder never heard me call for it. As I dove, my foot was caught under his sliding legs. There was enough momentum and leverage to snap both my fibula and tibia. The cracking sound carried to a second floor balcony, and from there a spectator called an ambulance. 

The hurtful jolt and the sensation of a dangling foot prevented me from holding on to the ball.
When I was a teenager, my father would sooner believe that I was an incompetent lawn mower than even entertain the possibility that I was motivated to preserve what he considered weeds, those suburban symbols of lassitude and irresponsibility.
Grade inflation is common. It knows no borders, occurring in public and private schools, at the elementary level and in Ivy League universities. It is a serious problem, and yet I have rarely heard a frank and open discussion about the matter.  Here's an insider's look at both the consequences and causes.

A- The Consequences Of Grade Inflation

Unlike the alkaloids morphine and codeine, which are also found in the opium poppy, noscapine is not an addictive analgesic. A close look at its structure reveals why: although a tertiary nitrogen is present, the molecule contains neither a quaternary carbon (a carbon attached to four carbons) nor its associated stereochemistry. 

Although some of these tricks may seem obvious or perhaps even border on the ridiculous, they all work as money-savers and are reminders of key concepts in everyday science.
Any test is just a snapshot, and attempting to pinpoint someone as a set of x-y coordinates on a political compass is not any different. Nevertheless, since many of us here at the site occasionally sway from discussing hard science and make our subjective views known on a variety of social issues, I thought it would be interesting if our writers could take the test  and then publish their graph in the comments section below this blog entry.

If you believe this is a bad idea--- one of my occasional off-the-wall blogs---feel free to tell me why. Another reason I've appreciated Science 2.0 is that it's made my skin a little thicker!