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Posts tagged with "General Scientific News"

  • Analytical Chemistry

    Chemical Biology – The Future?

    I agree with many of the commenters around here that one of the most interesting and productive research frontiers in organic chemistry is where it runs into molecular biology. There are so many extraordinary tools that have been left lying around for us by billions of years of evolution; not picking them up and using… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Know How to Make Praziquantel? Tell The World.

    One of the people I met this past weekend was Matt Todd, chemistry professor at the University of Sydney. We talked about a project his lab is working on, and I wanted to help call attention to it. They’re working on praziquantel, also known as PZQ or Biltricide, which is used to cure schistosomiasis in… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Lechleiter’s Prescription for Science

    John Lechleiter of Eli Lilly has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal on innovation in the US. Needless to say, he’s worried: A recent study ranked the U.S. sixth among the top 40 industrialized nations in innovative competitiveness, but 40th out of 40 in “the rate of change in innovation capacity” over the past… Read More
  • Biological News

    Let’s Sequence These Guys

    A very weird news item: multicellular organisms that appear to be able to live without oxygen. They’re part of the little-known (and only recently codified) phylum Loricifera, and these particular organisms were collected at the bottom of the Mediterranean, in a cold, anoxic, hypersaline environment. They have no mitochondria – after al… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Try It At Home

    Technical book author (and occasional commenter here) Robert Bruce Thompson has a channel on YouTube called “The Home Scientist” that’s quite interesting. Many of these seem to be companion videos for his book, The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments. This is real, well-done chemistry with reagents that can be easily p… Read More
  • Biological News

    Garage Biotech

    Freeman Dyson has written about his belief that molecular biology is becoming a field where even basement tinkerers can accomplish things. Whether we’re ready for it or not, biohacking is on its way. The number of tools available (and the amount of surplus equipment that can be bought) have him imagining a “garage biotech” future… Read More
  • Book Recommendations

    A Friday Book Recommendation

    This isn’t exactly med-chem, but its focus probably overlaps with the interests of a number of readers around here. I recently came across a copy of A Field Guide to Bacteria and enjoyed it very much. I don’t think there’s another book quite like it available: it describes where you’re likely to find different varieties… Read More
  • Biological News

    Maybe You Need Some More Testosterone Over There

    This one’s also from the Department of Placebo Effects – read on. An interesting paper out in Nature details a study where volunteers took small doses of testosterone or placebo, and then participated in a standard behavioral test, the “Ultimatum Game”. That’s the one where two people participate, with one of them give… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Find That Pattern

    I have to take my hat off to this guy at the Times of London. The British press recently played a story about how various ancient sites were linked up in uncanny triangular formations – well, it turns out that the same chilling patterns are found in other ancient monuments as well. Read and be… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Pass the Popcorn

    Year-end rushing around has left me little time for blogging last night or this morning. But a discussion with a colleague the other day leads me to ask a quick question of the readership: has there ever, in your view, been a realistic depiction of a research chemist in some sort of popular entertainment (TV… Read More