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Posts tagged with "General Scientific News"

  • Chemical News

    Thoughts on the Chemistry Nobel Prize

    I wrote up this year’s Nobel Prize awards in chemistry yesterday, and there’s no arguing that they’re significant achievements worthy of a prize at this level. For many chemists, though, I think that this year’s award will join the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 1997, and 1993 ones (and there are arguably even mo… Read More
  • Biological News

    The Chemistry Nobels, 2018

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has gone to Frances Arnold (for directed evolution of enzymes) and to George Smith and Gregory Winter for phage display. These are worthy discoveries, techniques that have gone on to be used for a huge variety of work ranging from blue-sky research to marketed drugs, and the Nobel committee… Read More
  • Biological News

    Cells Like Turbulence. Well, Some Cells.

    Let’s talk cell culture – specifically, how weird it is. There are an awful lot of ways to grow cells, naturally – different media of course, different scales, differences in how crowded you let them get, how often you split them, add nutrients, wash them, all those things. All of those make sense to me… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    A Restful Seminar Indeed

    All right, let’s take on a really important topic today. I noticed people on my Twitter feed yesterday talking about reading theirs during seminars, which led to comments about falling asleep during them (and waking up). So let’s hear them: your worst moments (yours or those you’ve witnessed) about people losing consciousness or f… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Anarchist Drugs For All. Yeahboy.

    I’ve had numerous requests for my opinion about this article, so here it comes: it’s largely bullshit. It’s about “a volunteer network of anarchists and hackers developing DIY medical technologies”, and I can see why Vice.com is running the article, because that drugs/anarchists/hackers combo is absolute catnip to thei… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Problem With Information

    Here are some statements from a noted information scientist, which even he admits leads to “a pessimistic and even rather cynical conclusion“. Have a look and see if any of this is behavior that you have encountered yourself: In many work environments, the penalties for not being diligent in the finding and use of information… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Science Reform in China

    There have been all sorts of scientific scandals involving faked journal articles, faked peer reviews, duplicated papers and figures, etc. over the last few years. It’s been a running battle: our current technologies allow for these things to be done more easily, but caught more easily as well. And a pretty significant share of these… Read More
  • Chemical News

    The Thoughts of George Whitesides, Part I

    A number of readers have mentioned this new paper by George Whitesides on organic synthesis. I can state as a fact that the first time I heard a joking reference to his attitude towards traditional synthetic organic chemistry was in the summer of 1983, so it’s not like he’s been keeping his thoughts bottled up. Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Verily Says “We Grew Up”. We’ll See.

    Some not-very-flattering stories have run about how things have been going at Google’s Verily life-sciences startup. For some time, they’ve been making big pronouncements about all their transformative technologies (tricorders! glucose-sensing contact lenses!), but actually turning any of these things into working products has been a bi… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Woodward 2.0

    I really enjoyed this Curious Wavefunction post on being born at the right time. He uses the example of R. B. Woodward, who was several years older than most of the other big names from the glory days of synthetic organic chemistry (Corey, Stork, etc.), and had already had a chance to use his immense… Read More
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