Join “Countdown to the Chemistry Nobel!” Google Hangout #chemnobel – UPDATED
Oct02

Join “Countdown to the Chemistry Nobel!” Google Hangout #chemnobel – UPDATED

Who's going to take home the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry? Will chemistry's most coveted honor go to (GASP!) a biologist? Is there any point to all this pre-Nobel speculation? Maybe not, but there's no denying chemists enjoy taking part in the conversation. That's why we hope readers will tune in to C&EN's first Google Hangout, "Countdown to the Chemistry Nobel!" this Thursday, October 3, at 3PM Eastern US time. For those new to Google Hangouts, they are video chats broadcast live on the web. You can watch from Google Plus or YouTube. After the chat is finished it is archived on YouTube for anyone to view. Join the Hangout here. Carmen Drahl and Lauren Wolf will speak with Neil Withers and Paul Bracher about the runup to this year's prize, which will be announced Wednesday, October 9. What predictions are out there already and how reliable are they? Why did so few people predict that Dan Shechtman would win the Nobel Prize for quasicrystals? Watch for a discussion about these and other questions. Follow the conversation, and ask questions to the speakers on Twitter using the hashtag #chemnobel. UPDATE 10/2: I'm excited to announce another guest has joined the hangout: Simon Frantz. Simon Frantz is Editor of BBC Future, and a former senior editor of Nobelprize.org. Follow him on Twitter @simon_frantz Neil Withers is Features Editor for Chemistry World magazine. Follow him on Twitter @neilwithers Paul Bracher blogs at Chembark, and is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Louis University. Follow him on Twitter @Chembark Carmen Drahl is a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News. Follow her on Twitter @carmendrahl Lauren Wolf is an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News. Follow her on Twitter...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jan12

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. What’s more disgusting than finding a mouse in your Mountain Dew? Learning that the beverage would have likely transformed the rodent into a gelatinous mass before you ever cracked the can. [The Smoking Gun] Paul Bracher learns the pitfalls of coming up with an acronym as you get older. [ChemBark] Researchers make self-cleaning surface by sequestering cheese-rind fungus in coating technology. Mmmmm, Roquefort cheese-rind fungus. [Discover] Green tea is good for you, so Chinese researchers wonder what it does to broiler chickens. Newscripts gang ponders how chickens manage to hold teacups. [J. Ag. Food Chem.] Take some silver atoms, add a dash of salmon sperm DNA, and Voilà! A data-storage device. Of course. [Gizmodo] Here are 20 things we didn’t know about alcohol, like don’t try to outdrink a Malaysian pen-tailed treeshrew. [Discover] Not sure how this got in here, but “Organ Trail” game tests players’ zombie survival skills. Apparently, your “family” doesn’t have to worry about dysentery—just a hunger for brains....

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