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Posts tagged with "Current Events"

  • Chemical News

    The West Virginia Formaldehyde Claim Is Nonsense

    This morning I heard reports of formaldehyde being found in Charleston, West Virginia water samples as a result of the recent chemical spill there. My first thought, as a chemist, was “You know, that doesn’t make any sense”. A closer look confirmed that view, and led me to even more dubious things about this news… Read More
  • Current Events

    China’s GlaxoSmithKline Crackdown

    Keeping up with the GlaxoSmithKline/China story has been hard – every day or two there’s a new twist. But here’s what’s going on so far: Four GSK executives have been arrested on charges of bribery. Hospitals, doctors, officials of all kinds – the accusations are the the GSK people jacked up prices and sales figures… Read More
  • Current Events

    Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education

    Update: You’ll notice in this post that I refer to some sites that the original BuzzFeed article I’m complaining out sends people to, often pointing out that these didn’t actually support the wilder claims it’s making. Well, the folks at BuzzFeed have dealt with this by taking down the links (!) The article now says: Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    The Drug Industry and the Obama Administration

    Over at Forbes, John Osborne adds some details to what has been apparent for some time now: the drug industry seems to have no particular friends inside the Obama administration: Earlier this year I listened as a recently departed Obama administration official held forth on the industry and its rather desultory reputation. . .the substance… Read More
  • Current Events

    Making Changes Inside Merck’s R&D

    I’ve heard from more than one source that Roger Perlmutter has been shaking things up this week at Merck. Since he only took over R&D in March, that’s a pretty short lag time – if these reports are accurate, he clearly has some strong opinions and is ready to act on them. From what I’ve… Read More
  • Current Events

    One. . .Million. . .Pounds (For a New Antibiotic?)

    Via Stuart Cantrill on Twitter, I see that UK Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to announce a prize for anyone who can “identify and solve the biggest problem of our time”. He’s leaving that open, and his examples are apparently “. . .the next penicillin, aeroplane or world wide web”. I like the idea… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Promoting STEM Education, Foolishly

    Here’s a man who says what he thinks about getting students into STEM careers: The United States spent more than US$3 billion last year across 209 federal programmes intended to lure young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The money goes on a plethora of schemes at school, undergraduate and postgr… Read More
  • Current Events

    Just Work on the Winners

    That Lamar Smith proposal I wrote about earlier this morning can be summarized as “Why don’t you people just work on the good stuff?” And I thought it might be a good time to link back to a personal experience I had with just that worldview. As you’ll see from that story, all they wanted… Read More
  • Current Events

    A Dumb Proposal for the NSF

    This is a bad idea: Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is circulating a draft of a bill to change the way the National Science Foundation reviews grant applications. Science magazine obtained a copy of the current version, and it would require the NSF to certify that all research it funds is: 1) “…in the interests of… Read More
  • Current Events

    A Bombing

    I’m still trying to figure out if anyone I know personally was injured during yesterday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon. So far, it’s just been a couple of close calls. As it happened, I was out of town yesterday, and only saw the news in the early evening. What sort of explosive chemistry was used… Read More