Firefighter Allan Newell joins us to discuss the dirty details of toxic spills and other chemical accidents including the Seveso  Disaster, the Binghamton State Office Building contamination, the Baia Mare cyanide spill, the Ajka alumina sludge spill and the Bhopal  disaster. Plus news and pop culture.

Music: “There’s Something in the Air” by Artie Shaw with Peg La Centra

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  • TheBrummell

    I was disappointed you guys didn’t explore the meaning of the word “teratogen” in the pop-quiz – it means “monster maker”. Which leads to a question: any plans for a birth defects episode?

    • Toren

      Check our “Deformity” episode for birth defects. /2010/11/07/deformity/

      • TheBrummell

        Ah! Of course! I should have remembered. Thanks!

  • Allan Newell

    I never knew that–thank you!

    Allan

  • frothyham

    I’m pretty sure The Flash’s outfit is created from the speed force. In other words, his costume is made out of “going fast”….which really doesn’t doesn’t help his case.

  • Josh: Apocalypse Equipped

    Joe is poly? rock on! #polywinning

  • banks!

    Here come some Flash Facts sodamites!

    Barry Allen was/is a police scientist and research chemist in “real life”.

    The Flash’s costume was stored it in a ring. The costume was a tiny version of the outfit and stored inside the ring. A button on the ring would be pressed and release the costume which would then assume normal size upon contact with Nitrogen.

    Here’s the exact explanation from the Flash wiki…

    http://theflash.wikia.com/wiki/The_Flash_(Barry_Allen)

    [Allen] used a special cold cast polyester he developed in college, which could be molded into miniature outfits from liquid material, that, when submersed in a special liquid, became sensitive to hydrogen, expanding on contact with the hydrogen in the air. A charge from a battery-powered ring he wore on his finger caused the fabric to release the extra hydrogen and shrink into the ring. He later revised the process, making the fabric sensitive to nitrogen instead.

    Currently The Flash’s costume is now comprised of the speed force. The Flash can control the Speed Force energy and convert it into matter through concentration.

    • barqmulch2

      The ring costume is no more nonsensical than Spider-Man’s web shooters, when you think about it.

  • jadegreendragon

    The reason they transport Aluminium in molten form is basically money. It is cheaper to buy in molten for casting etc. Aluminium is only cast into Ingots or billets for very long transport voyages, ie Overseas by ship, for safety reason.

    Seems i have managed to learn some useful things working for a shipping company. 🙂

  • micahmicahwhatwhat

    Caustic Sofa’s my favorite, it teaches me things and I go to it instesd of school.