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Aug 13

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


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 08

When is a Proton not a Proton?


A recent article in Accounts of Chemical research discusses this very topic as well as some other interesting facts revolving around protons, their structure and their generation. What does H+ signify? Well it means different things to different disciplines. If you are a physicist it refers to one of the fundamental elementary particles, if you …

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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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Feb 16

Has Tamiflu got a cold?


Tamiflu, made by Roche and licensed by them from Gilead and stockpiled in many countries has proved to be a big money maker for Roche. It is one of two neuramidase inhibitors currently available for the treatment of influenza, the other being Zanamivir from Glaxo. Tamiflu is sold as its mono-phosphate salt. During the recent …

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Feb 07

Replicating Rosalind Franklin’s DNA diffraction experiment.


The 60th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s DNA structure paper is fast approaching (25th April). So I’ve been hunting for nice DNA demos. My favourite so far is a replication of Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling’s diffraction experiment (which appeared in the same issue of Nature).  Franklin and Gosling’s paper featured the now famous photo …

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Jan 30

[Guest Post] Best of the Annals of Improbable Research


The following is a guest post by Brandon Findlay, who regularly blogs at ChemTips. We’re glad you could join us, Brandon. — Best of the Annals of Improbable Research Well, almost.  For some reason my institution does not have a subscription to the Annals of Improbable Research, so this list includes only articles I have …

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