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Date registered: December 30, 2007

Latest posts

  1. C&EN Onion — July 18, 2014
  2. Alleged Data Manipulation in Nano Letters and ACS Nano from the Pease group — August 13, 2013
  3. When Authors Forget to Fake an Elemental Analysis — August 7, 2013
  4. User Timelines in Twitter API v1.1 — July 24, 2013
  5. Why You Shouldn’t Cook Asparagus in Lemon Juice — April 16, 2013

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  1. Something Deeply Wrong With Chemistry — 216 comments
  2. tert-Butyllithium Claims Fellow Chemist at UCLA — 102 comments
  3. Racial Epithet from the Clifford Kubiak Group — 59 comments
  4. Cold Fusion Has Its Press Conference — 32 comments

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Jul 18

C&EN Onion

A new blog takes a very satirical look at the daily lives of chemists. A sampling of the story titles are below: Graduate Student Power Tripping After First Nature Publication Dartmouth Senior Admits Never Read McQuarrie’s “Quantum Chemistry,” Only Sits On Dorm Table To Impress Girls Summer Undergraduate Student Far Too Excited About Running Columns …

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Aug 13

Alleged Data Manipulation in Nano Letters and ACS Nano from the Pease group

Leonard Pierce III

A recent paper from Rajasekhar Anumolu and Leonard F. Pease in Nano Letters entitled, “Chopstick Nanorods: Tuning the Angle between Pairs with High Yield“, had a collection of very interesting TEM images. Below are a set of images from both Figure 4E and 4F. The images below show the boundary of one nanorod apparently overlapping …

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Aug 07

When Authors Forget to Fake an Elemental Analysis


As first posted by ChemBark, a recent paper in Organometallics by Professor Reto Dorta at the University of Zurich is catching the ire of the online chemical community today [, ] for a quick throaway note left in the supporting information in the paper entitled, “Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Studies of Palladium and Platinum Bis-Sulfoxide …

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Jul 24

User Timelines in Twitter API v1.1

As some people may have noticed, the Chem Twitterverse box has been broken for the past two weeks while Twitter migrated from v1.0 of their API to v1.1. It took some serious rejiggering but I finally got it back up and running. The Chem Twitterverse box now includes tweets from HansonFSU. For those that don’t …

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Apr 16

Why You Shouldn’t Cook Asparagus in Lemon Juice

chllorophyll plus lemon juice

At the ACS conference in New Orleans Shirley O. Corriher and Sally Mitchell talked about using food and cooking as ways to teach students about chemistry in a more engaging and compelling way. Some examples that were given was making Kool Aid as an example of the importance of molarity, and to use the concept …

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Apr 07

Chocolate Sniffing White Blood Cells


At the American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans today Peter Schieberle gave a report of his research in odor and aroma chemistry. In one of his experiments he placed white blood cells (WBCs) in one part of a container and components of chocolate in the other part (small volatile amides). What he found was …

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