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  • General Scientific News

    Learning and Doing

    I enjoyed seeing this question on the r/Chemistry part of Reddit – it’s from a person in their 30s, who wasn’t that good a student, but is now looking to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. The question was how much chemistry can be learned by reading and studying, as opposed to having a… Read More
  • Drug Development

    Gaps Where a Book Might Fit?

    So what, in your opinion, are the biggest gaps in knowledge that new people entering drug research have? I ask because I had a request from a publisher, who’s wondering if there’s room for a new title addressing that market. (It may be that the knowledge involved doesn’t fit well into the textbook category, but… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Oliver Sacks on Turning Back to Chemistry

    If you haven’t seen it, Oliver Sacks has written a sort of self-elegy in the New York Times. As he announced some months ago, he has been diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer, which as most people know has an extremely poor survival rate at almost any time point you look at. I have tended since… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    ChemDraw’s Anniversary

    If you have a chance to stop by, Thursday the 25th is the “30th Anniversary of ChemDraw” event in Cambridge (MA). Here’s the link – I’m going to reminisce a bit in the morning’s program about the pre- and early post-ChemDraw days (as I have here on occasion). If you’d told me about this event… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Levels of Data

    Here’s a brief article in Science that a lot of us should keep a copy of. Plenty of journalists and investors should do the same. It’s a summary of what sort of questions get asked of data sets, and the differences between them. There are six broad data analysis categories: 1. Descriptive. This is the… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Chemical Illiteracy, Again

    The BBC really should know better than this. Shown is a screen shot from a current science TV series, “Wonders of Life”, taken from this review in The Guardian. Every chemist reading this will have noticed by now that this so-called “peptide structure” is laughably insane. It’s poorly drawn, too – what’s wi… Read More
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    English As the Language of Science

    For some Friday afternoon reading, here’s an essay on how English became the language of science. We seem, it says, to have gone from polyglot-with-a-bridging language (Latin) during the Renaissance and up until about 1700, then through a period of completely polyglot science up until around 1850. Around then, science settled into a triumvira… Read More
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    That Pew Survey and Its Problems

    A week or so ago, the Pew Center people released a poll on the differences in opinion between the general public and the members of the AAAS. It got quite a bit of attention, and one of the highlighted splits was on the safety of genetically modified organisms in food. (Less than 50% of the… Read More
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    Carl Djerassi, 1923-2015

    Carl Djerassi‘s obituaries are all over the press, and well they should be. The history of early steroid chemistry is wild and tangled, with many players who now seem larger than life. But there’s no doubt that Djerassi was one of the biggest names in that era, and there’s no doubt that he was one… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Underpowered And Overinterpreted

    Time for another “watch those statistics” post. I did one about this time last year, and I could do one every couple of months, to be honest. Here’s a good open-access paper from the Royal Society on the problem of p-values, and why there are so many lousy studies out there in the literature. The… Read More
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