Borax Safety Concern Raised by Health Canada

Earlier this summer Health Canada issued an advisory warning about the potential health hazards of using Borax (see link below).

This advisory is of particular concern to science teachers since making homemade “slime” is a common activity that may involve the use of borax.

Information Update – Health Canada advises Canadians to avoid homemade craft and pesticide recipes using boric acid

One approach to dealing with this issue is to look for slime recipes that involve safer alternatives.  Check out this link for one possibility

 

SciNews, Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thanks to humans, larger marine animals likely to go extinct; keeping TV science honest; controlled “firenadoes” could be put to good use; science hasn’t played a big part in 2016 presidential election; colour vision might work differently than previously thought; season’s first harvest moon – just a few of the themes in today’s eclectic collection of SciNews.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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