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Many classic school science experiments have been shelved due to safety concerns, reports the UK's Times. Experiments such as dropping sodium in water or setting fire to magnesium are often skipped as "fear of burns, spillages and volatile reactions means that even mundane procedures such as distillation are often viewed online rather than performed in the laboratory," says the Times.

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