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  • General Scientific News

    Nobel Speculation Time

    As we approach October, Nobel Speculation Season is upon us again. And Ash is right at Curious Wavefunction – making the predictions gets easier every year, because you get to keep the lists you had from before, with maybe a name or two removed because they actually won. Paul at Chembark usually does a long… Read More
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    MacArthur Awards in Chemistry

    Congratulations to Phil Baran of Scripps for getting a MacArthur Foundation grant. There aren’t many of those that have landed in the field of chemistry – a commenter here points out Carolyn Bertozzi at Berkeley, Laura Kiessling at Wisconsin, and Melanie Sanford at Michigan as the past winners. A worthy bunch! Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Hydrogen Wave Function, Imaged

    Here’s another one of those images that gives you a bit of a chill down the spine. You’re looking at a hydrogen atom, and those spherical bands are the orbitals in which you can find its electron. Here, people, is the wave function. Yikes.Update: true, what you’re seeing are the probability distributions as defined by… Read More
  • Cancer

    A Specific Crowdfunding Example

    I mentioned Microryza in that last post. Here’s Prof. Michael Pirrung, at UC Riverside, with an appeal there to fund the resynthesis of a compound for NCI testing against renal cell carcinoma. It will provide an experienced post-doc’s labor for a month to prepare an interesting natural-product-derived proteasome inhibitor that the NCI w… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Crowdfunding Research

    Crowdfunding academic research might be changing, from a near-stunt to an widely used method of filling gaps in a research group’s money supply. At least, that’s the impression this article at Nature Jobs gives: The practice has exploded in recent years, especially as success rates for research-grant applications have fallen in many pla… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    More Single-Cell Magnetic Imaging

    Earlier this year, I wrote about a method to do NMR experiments at the cellular level or below. A new paper uses this same phenomenon (nitrogen-vacancy defects near the surface of diamond crystals) to do magnetic imaging of individual bacteria. It’s well known that many bacteria have “magnetosome” structures that allow them to sen… Read More
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    Scientific Snobbery

    Here’s something that you don’t see mentioned very often in science, but it’s most certainly real: snobbery: We all do it. Pressed for time at a meeting, you can only scan the presented abstracts and make snap judgements about what you are going to see. Ideally, these judgements would be based purely on what material… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    A Nobel Follow-Up

    Those of you who remember the Green Fluorescent Protein Nobel story will likely recall Douglas Prasher. He was the earliest discoverer of GFP, and Roger Tsien has said that he has no idea why he didn’t get the Nobel as well. But Prasher, after a series of career and personal reverses, ended up driving a… Read More
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    Overly Honest Experimental Methods

    If you’d like a look under the hood of a lot of research publications, go over to Twitter and check the #OverlyHonestMethods tag. You’re sure to find your own sins on display, things like: “Mostly it goes 43%, but once it went 95%. We reported the 95%.” And “We used [this program] because doesn’t everybody… 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