Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:09:51 -0400
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Subject: Re: FW: Experimental cook blows hands off trying molecular
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There was a fairly good article on the topic in MIT's Tech Review not too long ago.   Subscription only (MIT alumni get the magazine for free); here's the URL for those who can access it through school/corporate libraries:

http://www.t  Part 1
http://www.technol    Part 2

You basically have self-trained folks working with stuff like liquid nitrogen (which is, incidentally, how Dippin' Dots ice cream is made) and other such novelties....eventually someone is gonna screw up.   The article cited below is clearly sketchy, but one can suppose that if someone was handling a closed container of liquid N2 that yeah, they could severely injure themselves.

Original report is apparently here, in German: g/article1131079/Koch_verliert_eine_Hand_bei_Kuechen_Experiment.html

Google translation:

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Looks like only one lost/shredded  hand.....the original report apparently indicated the wrong hand.

Rob Toreki

On Jul 15, 2009, at 11:18 AM, Debbie M. Decker wrote:

Excuse the cross-postings:
This tidbit is from our food safety officer.  =46rom this piece, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to me.  I did a bit of digging - here=92s a wiki entry on the concept:  But no more information about this incident than below.
Have any of you heard of this?  Do any of you might have some insight on how this incident might have occurred?  We have a large and active Food Science department and they=92re always coming up with new ways to produce food.  We would like to be able to head them off from something dangerous before we have a similar incident.
Thanks for your speculation and input.
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
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From: Susan Cummings 
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 5:05 PM
To: Debbie M. Decker
Subject: Experimental cook blows hands off trying molecular gastronomy
GERMANY: Experimental cook blows hands off trying molecular gastronomy
Sydney Morning Herald
AFP ecular-gastronomy-20090714-dj0r.html
An experimental German cook accidentally blew off both his hands attempting to concoct a "molecular gastronomy" dish with liquid nitrogen, a newspaper report said on Monday.
The 24-year-old man from Stahnsdorf near Berlin somehow obtained some of the dangerous chemical and was poised to try out a new recipe from the school of molecular cooking, which aims to apply scientific processes to gastronomy.
There was an "enormous explosion", according to the Berliner Morgenpost daily.
The man lost one hand in the explosion and the other was so badly injured it had to be amputated.
The man, who was staying at his girlfriend's mother's house, was rushed to hospital where his condition was described as life-threatening. He is on artifical respiration.
He claimed he was trying to fill a gas lighter, but his girlfriend said he was trying to empty a canister of liquid nitrogen.

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