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    SCIENCE EDUCATION: IS NATURE LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? (13 February 2015)

    The SCIENCE EDUCATION post on Friday 13 February returns to a chemistry theme but with a twist. The question posed and answered in the post is: IS NATURE LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? Louis Pasteur is famous for his work on Microbe Theory but he also made other outstanding contributions to science - not least the idea of molecules being left or right handed. The post will cover what we mean by left or right handed and how scientists determine the difference between the two. What difference does it make, you ask. Well as a matter of fact it makes a great deal of difference both to chemistry and biology. All will be explained if you read the post.

    As indicated the topic will also touch on biology and the relevance of left/right handed molecules. The issue of left and right handed in animals like humans and other species will be addressed. So watch out for Friday's post for your weekly dose of science education.
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    Re: SCIENCE EDUCATION: IS NATURE LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? (13 February 2015)

    This is very interesting. I am left handed, and have been told by a lot of people in society that somehow being right handed is right, and left handedness is "some kind of problem". Looking to what you have to post on the subject.

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    Re: SCIENCE EDUCATION: IS NATURE LEFT OR RIGHT HANDED? (13 February 2015)

    [MENTION=6712]dilkumar[/MENTION]

    In a societies around the world, historically at least, and in some even today, left-handed people are coerced into using their right hand. In the past in the UK teachers punished children for using the left hand. There is basically no difference between left and right handed people except that one group is in the majority. Yet because some people associate the left hand with cleaning oneself after defecating, it is considered as the 'unclean' hand. There are people on this forum that still think that way! In the day of toilet paper and good old fashioned soap and water, this distinction between the hands is obsolete. yet we have the hang-over from past practices (some unfortunately promoted by religion) e.g. the word sinister, comes from Latin, and means left handed.

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