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  • 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
  • Current Events

    Pick Your Stench

    OK, folks, time to choose: would you rather be downwind of an industrial-scale spill of butyl mercaptan (which started in Rouen and is already being smelled in London), or. . .would you rather deal with a twenty-seven tons of burning goat cheese in Norway? Tough call. I think, though, that I might go with the… Read More
  • Current Events

    Anti-GMO. Until This Week.

    I wanted to take a moment to highlight this speech, given recently by environmentalist and anti-genetically modified organism activist Mark Lynas. Let’s make that former anti-GMO activist. As the speech makes clear, he’s had a completely change of heart: I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise… Read More
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  • 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
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    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