Is Thanksgiving Thursday or Fry-Day?


Is Thanksgiving Thursday or Fry-Day?

Next Thursday many Americans will spend the day preparing a lavish feast to celebrate Thanksgiving, the centerpiece being the traditional turkey. The US Fire Administration reports that approximately 5000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, which can cause millions of dollars of property damage, numerous injuries, and in some cases, even death.

Some of these fires are caused by improper turkey frying procedures. Watch out TEXAS! Your state has the largest number of turkey frying fires in the nation!

Thinking of plunging your turkey in hot oil? Here are our top fried turkey safety tips!

  • Make sure the turkey is completed thawed out - even a partially frozen turkey can cause the hot oil to erupt into a fireball!
  • Don't overfill the fryer - that turkey takes up a lot of room
  • Never leave the fryer unattended - someone needs to keep an eye on the little guy
  • Keep kids and pets away from the fryer - we know it smells good, but stay back!
  • Do not fry inside your house or garage, or even on your deck or porch! Stay away from trees, walls, fences, or anything flammable!

Image: Frying a Turkey SAFELY

In the event of a fire, at home or in the lab, it's important to have the proper safety precautions in place, which should include a Fire Blanket!

Image:  Fire Blanket

  • Smothers small class "A" oil and grease fires
  • Made of woven fiberglass with a textured surface; all edges are serged with fireproof Kevlar® thread
  • Can also be wrapped around the head and body for protection against flames and embers

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See What’s New


See What's New!

New challenges arise in the lab every day and finding solutions can be time-consuming and overwhelming.

SP Scienceware makes it easy by offering 28-pages of innovative, problem solving products in our 2016/2017 New Product Supplement!

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Have a lab problem like these?
Here are some of our newest solutions:

Image:  Bel-Art Solutions to lab problems

Click HERE for a web version to browse online,
or click HERE to download a copy to your computer.

Cold Feet? (Or Hands?)


Cold Feet? (Or Hands?)

It won't be long until the frigid days of winter are upon us here in the Northeast. While opinions on cold weather differ from person to person (love it or hate it), we all agree there comes a point where it is just TOO COLD. Plus, it only takes about a 3 degree drop in body temperature to begin experiencing the effects of hypothermia. Keep reading to find out when being cold goes from being annoying to deadly.

As your body temperature drops to these levels, here's what you might experience:

  • 32-35°C (89.6-95°F) - Mild hypothermia: shivering, fast heart rate and breathing, some confusion
  • 28-32°C (82.4-89.6°F) - Moderate hypothermia: violent shivering, slow movements, stumbling, mild confusion, pale skin, lips/ears/fingers may appear blue
  • <28°C (<82.4°F) - Severe hypothermia: extreme difficultly thinking, speaking, or walking, puffy skin, vital signs are reduced or absent

image:  Man in warm gear with frozen eyebrows

Don't leave your cells out in the cold! Maintain the perfect cell temperature outside the incubator with the CultureTemp Warming Plate!

Image: SP Scienceware CultureTemp Warming Plate

  • Keeps cells near an optimal 37°C (±1°C) outside of the incubator
  • Protects cell viability - no need to return to the incubator repeatedly
  • Reduces cell stress and allows enzymes like trypsin to work efficiently

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We’ll Do the Dirty Work


Pretty.  Dangerous.


  • Closest planet to the sun
  • Roman God
  • Former car company
  • Chemical element
  • Toxic substance

Though the name has been used for many types of things, the element itself has been used throughout history in a multitude of applications, including paint, cosmetics, firearms, even dental fillings which are still used today. Keep reading to learn more about this unique but toxic liquid metal!

  • Mercury was used in Roman times as pigment in paint, a practice which continued all the way until 1991 (although as time went on it was used more as a fungicide rather than for color).
  • People once considered the liquid, silvery mercury to be so special that it had to have healing powers. They used it to treat everything from syphilis to parasites to simple cuts and scrapes.
  • Ever heard the phrase "mad as a hatter"? This comes from the mercury poisoning that many hat-makers suffered from using mercuric nitrate as a way to soften the felt used in hat making. 'Mad hatters' suffered slurred speech, tremors, and sometimes hallucinations.


Image:  Mercury Bottle

How are you going to safely dispose of your mercury thermometers?
Purchase Enviro-Safe thermometers and let us recycle your mercury for FREE with our Mercury Exchange Program!

Image:  Mercury Exchange Thermometers

  • Free, safe disposal of your old, unbroken mercury thermometers
  • New, high-accuracy thermometers with environmentally friendly fill that can be used in place of spirit or mercury filled thermometers

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Just Popping By!


Just Popping By!

Who doesn't love settling in to watch a movie with a big bowl of freshly popped, buttery popcorn? We know you've often pondered the science behind popcorn while you're waiting for the microwave to finish popping those kernels, or for the concession stand attendant to hand you a warm bag. Well wonder no more - we've got the scoop on how popcorn pops (sure to wow your friends and family during your next movie night!)

  • Popcorn kernels naturally contain oil and water plus starch, surrounded by an outer shell, or hull.
  • As they're heated, the oil and water gelatinize the starch inside the hull.
  • As the internal temperature reaches about 180°C, pressure inside the hull rises to about 135psi, and then POP!
  • The gelatinized starch spills out and immediately cools into the familiar popcorn shape we know and love.

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Popcorn is 1 of 4 main types of corn, but it's the only one that POPS!

Pop Up 2" Freezer Boxes won't make the 'pop' sound when you assemble them, but they WILL save storage space and money (which we think is better)!

  • Ships flat/stores flat
  • Saves money by replacing less often
    • More durable than fiberboard
    • Impervious to moisture
    • Reusable - will not stick to icy racks or shelves
  • Fits into standard 2" freezer storage racks

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