..to be safe. This reminder is especially useful during routine tasks. Indeed, safety has been a hot topic lately in the chemistry blogosphere. It is abuzz about recent charges brought against UCLA over the tragic death of a research assistant in an organic chemistry laboratory. According to C&ENews, the young chemist was using tert-butyllithium when it spilled and autoignited. This tragedy has become a teachable moment for chemistry labs everywhere. Subscribe to The Safety Zone at CENtral Science for the latest chemical safety news and tips.