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  • Current Events

  • Chem/Bio Warfare

    Chemical Warfare in Syria?

    It’s a grim topic, but I see that there are worries that the Syrian government, or what’s left of it, is being warned not to use its stockpiles of chemical weapons. Back in the early days of the blog, I did a series on the chemistry of these things, and they can be found by… Read More
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    There Go the Lights

    An awful lot of people are using an awful lot of bad language in Cambridge, MA right now. At about 4:25 PM (EST), the power flickered and went out in a large swath of East Cambridge, out to somewhere near Harvard Square. That takes out MIT and more technology-based companies than you’d care to count… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Budgets and Revenues

    Note: politics ahead. This will not be a regular feature around here, but when events warrant, it’ll rear its scaly head. BioCentury has an interesting piece this week on the growing budget impasse and its implications for both academic and industrial biomedical research. It’s already widely known that the so-called “Fiscal Cliff… Read More
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    Time For An Election Post

    Well, every other web site in the US will be going on about the election today, and with good reason. So I’ll put up a quick post of my own, because I’ll be glued to the returns tonight myself. Along the way, I’ve been teaching my children how to interpret them, which makes them, I’d… Read More
  • Animal Testing

    Lab Animals Wiped Out in Hurricane Sandy

    When I mentioned the people working in the research animal facilities before Hurricane Sandy, I had no idea that this was going to happen: thousands of genetically engineered and/or specially bred rodents were lost from an NYU facility due to flooding. The Fishell lab appears to have lost its entire stock of 2,500 mice, representing… Read More
  • Current Events

    Way Too Much Hydrofluoric Acid

    Eight tons of hydrofluoric acid released? This industrial accident in South Korea sounds horrific. I’m surprised that only 3,000 people were injured, given the population density there. And declaring it a “special disaster zone” seems appropriate, because believe me, that’s a special disaster. Read More
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    A Russian Chemist in Jail

    There’s a bizarre case in Russia involving chemist Olga Zelenina: Zelenina heads a laboratory at the Penza Agricultural Institute, some 600 kilometres southeast of Moscow, one of the best-equipped chemical-analysis labs in Russia. She is a specialist in the biology of hemp and poppy, and is a sought-after expert in legal cases involving narco… Read More
  • Current Events

    PhRMA Waits For The Supreme Court

    There’s no escaping politics and health care policy today. No matter what happens to the Affordable Care Act this morning (and no matter what you think of it either way), if you work in the drug industry, it’s worth recalling that PhRMA (the big-company industry association) was very much in favor of the legislation. At… Read More
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    Information Density

    This is a small thing, but nonetheless irritating, at least to me. Can anyone explain why some of the pharma-and-tech news sites (such as Xconomy and FiercePharma) have been redesigning their sites with lots of great, big, headline fonts set in plenty of roomy white space? First it was Gmail going to “you-don’t-need-all-that” mode… Read More