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Chemistry labs remain one of the most reliable places where science and art still manage to meet. This exquisite distillation apparatus—used in synthetic organic chemistry—was built by Tom Dusek, a scientific glassblower with Florida State's Department of Chemistry. Dusek apprenticed for more than a decade under his father Leo, a master glassblower, before working as the scientific glassblower for the Institute of Polymer Science at the University of Akron in Ohio. Though still in high demand, scientific glassblowing is a vanishing skill being priced out of the market by new techniques and off-the-shelf glassware.


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