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Posts tagged with "General Scientific News"

  • 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
  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Bill Gates and His Moonshot

    The rocket’s supposed to be moving, and it probably is, but everyone knows that you can’t see that with the naked eye. Not at first. The announcer said “Lift-off” – well, that probably happened sometime during the lunch hour, it’s easy to miss – and the first thing you look for is the exhaust starting… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Molecular Machinery: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    The 2016 Chemistry Nobel has gone to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard (Ben) Feringa for their work on molecular-sized machinery. This field has been growing steadily over the last quarter of a century, fueled by advances in synthetic organic techniques, analytical instrumentation, and the imaginations of the people who are pract… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Nobel Season 2016

    It’s Nobel Prize week! This morning we already had the Medicine/Physiology award (Yoshinori Ohsumi, for autophagy), and Chemistry is coming out on Wednesday. As is traditional, we shall now uselessly speculate about who will (or should) win the thing. I’m late to the game this year: here are predictions by Wavefunction, an all-star webi… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

    So there’s another big tech-comes-to-cure-disease story, the announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are starting a $3 billion dollar initiative in biomedical research. After saying what I did yesterday about Microsoft’s cancer treatment efforts, I might be expected to have similarly caustic words for this one. But after lo… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Roger Tsien, 1952-2016

    All other topics this morning have been moved down the queue by the sad and sudden news that Roger Tsien has died. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, this took place during a visit to Oregon, and other reports mention that he was on a bike trail at the time. Whether this was due to… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Right Slides for the Right Audience

    One thing that a medicinal chemistry conference has going for it is that the field is very broad. A wide range of topics can fit into a presentation, from straight organic synthesis, through cell assays and formulation topics, all the way up to human clinical data, and the audience will include plenty of people who… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The NEJM and Clinical Trials: What’s Going On?

    Here’s an article from the New England Journal of Medicine on randomized clinical trials. You would expect one of the most well-known medical journals in the world to be in favor of clinical trials, but that doesn’t quite seem to be the case. The article is very much a on-the-one-hand on-the-other-hand affair: By the turn… Read More