Clippings Dump: January 2007

February 1st, 2007

Here are some interesting posts from last month that I flagged but never got around to writing about:

Excimer posted on parent-child pairs of chemists. I was kind of surprised that there aren’t more, considering how common father-son pairs are in the business and sports worlds.

Mitch wrote about Egon’s new chemistry blog aggregator, Chemical Blogspace, that keeps track of all sorts of statistics. Stat packages like this make me self-conscious…am I giving enough “outgoing bloglove”? (whatever that is)

Kyle of The Chem Blog hawked some pretty sweet Toste hoodies. It’d be awesome if professors signed endorsement deals for their own lines of merchandise. I’d love to see bottles of catalysts personally signed and numbered by Grubbs. Sets of colored lecture chalk designed and endorsed by Andy Myers would sell like hotcakes.

A Synthetic Environment tracked down the history of the Dean-Stark trap and other named condensers. Seeing that Dean-Stark paper reminded me of the time when I was a freshman and a procedure called for a flash column. Instead of asking someone to teach me about flash chromatography (I thought I should have known what it was), I looked up the original Clark Still paper in JOC. I was actually going to use a balloon until I saw someone else using a nitrogen tank.

Dr. Free-Ride broke down Nature’s article on some recent cases of scientific misconduct. For those interested, her post includes a discussion of the Sames-Sezen case.

Curly Arrow translated some common phrases used in research. It’s not just the English majors who BS their way through writing papers.

That’s all for this month. Great stuff.

Previous Comments

  1. Wolfie Says:
    February 3rd, 2007 at 8:11 pm It’s getting boring now, Paul. Sames has shown his incompetence (or saved his head, as you like it), but you need a new theme.
  2. Paul Says:
    February 3rd, 2007 at 9:32 pm That was one of six things mentioned in this post. I would hardly call it the theme.
  3. Wolfie Says:
    February 3rd, 2007 at 10:39 pm Sure not, but it’s completely out of focus now.
  4. Anonymouse Says:
    February 4th, 2007 at 7:36 pm Here is an early favorite for next month’s clippings dump:http://totallysynthetic.com/blog/?p=477


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