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Posts tagged with "The Scientific Literature"

  • General Scientific News

    The Dull Edge of Nanotech

    There’s a type of paper that’s showing up often in the major chemistry journals these days, and it’s a type that didn’t even exist a few years ago. I can’t count the number of reports of nanometer-sized structures that have been described recently. Rods, filaments, sheets, cylinders, shells – you name it and some… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    The Agents Report Back

    Now that ASCO’s wrapped up (and the American Diabetes Association meeting as well) every attendee from the drug industry has gone back to report on the news: copies of poster presentations, handwritten notes from the talks, and (most importantly) information that was only given verbally. That would be in answers to questions after a talk… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Meetings and Their Discontents

    I haven’t been to any scientific conferences so far this year, and I have to admit that I in some ways I haven’t felt the lack. There are a few meetings that I enjoy more than others (Gordon conferences and Keystone meetings come to mind), but there are others that I’d have to be paid… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    No Better Than the Rest of Them

    I noticed this post over at A Scientist’s Life on some recent instances of retracted papers and scientific fraud. Those two phenomena aren’t linked in every case, but they’re often seen in each other’s company. People do tend to think they’re a couple. The papers were from Science and Cell, two of the really top-shelf… Read More
  • Drug Assays

    Our Cheerful Buddy, The Cell Membrane

    I sent off a manuscript to a chemical journal not long ago. There’s an initial flurry of e-mail activity when you do that – we’ve received your manuscript, we’ve sent your manuscript out to reviewers – and then a more or less prolonged period of silence. The next thing you hear is whether the paper’s… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    The Universe, Which Others Call the Library. . .

    Want to feel old? Then let it hit you that there are entire scientific journals you used to read that don’t exist any more. I was looking up an old paper the other day in a German chemical journal, when it struck me that there aren’t as many of those as there used to be. Read More
  • Blog Housekeeping

    Catching Up

    Little time for blogging the last day or two. I’ve been finishing up a paper to send to Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, the first one I’ve written in a while, and I’m checking over another paper that I’m a coauthor on. We’re deciding on where to send that one – the lead author suggested… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Back in the Stacks

    I don’t want to give the impression that there are hundreds of gems buried among the papers that no one references. Sometimes no one references them because they’re not worth very much, or because no one can get ahold of the actual article. I had a old reference turn up the other day from the… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    The Library of Babel

    Spent some quality time in the library at work today, digging into another aspect of a project that I’m working on. As you get deeper into the literature on a given scientific subject, some things happen over and over. There will be articles that everyone refers to, the standards that are like showing a form… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Life of the Party

    My earlier gloss of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry as “Jay Med Chem” prompts me to provide a complete guide to faking your way into sounding like a professional organic chemist. Not that that’s the road to fame and fortune, but you never know when it’ll come in handy. The first lesson is the lingo… Read More