This Week on CENtral Science: Papal Chemistry, Neuroscience of Magic, Pi Day, and more
Mar15

This Week on CENtral Science: Papal Chemistry, Neuroscience of Magic, Pi Day, and more

Tweet of the Week: Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, came late to the priesthood after studying chemistry. My question is: What turned him off to chemistry?— Gary Garchar (@ggarchar) March 14, 2013 I've had a blast as CENtral Science overlord. Like other despots before me, I have a hard time letting go of power. So now that Rachel's back, we'll be switching off on these roundup posts each month. To the network: Fine Line: Waldorf Time Again Grand CENtral: Top 10 Shoutouts to Pope Francis and Chemistry – Storify Just Another Electron Pusher: A Troubling Shift in Tradition Newscripts: Alakazam! The Neuroscience of Magic and Amusing News Aliquots and There & Back Again: A Cyclotron’s Tale Terra Sigillata: How Would You Explain pH to First-Graders? and Are Popes and Chemistry Immiscible? The Safety Zone: UK thallium and arsenic poisoning case neither accident nor suicide attempt and Explosives case continued for former UC Davis chemist David Snyder and Friday chemical safety round up *not up as of 4:20PM Eastern, but this link will work when it posts. The Watch Glass: “Inert” Xenon Reacts with Fluorine and Nanotubes' Electronic Properties and Bohemian retorts and Calculate pi with frozen hot dogs and Albert Ghiorso: Element...

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This Week on CENtral Science: Chemist Arrested, Fear of Stench, That 70s #Chemjobs, And More
Jan25

This Week on CENtral Science: Chemist Arrested, Fear of Stench, That 70s #Chemjobs, And More

Tweet of the Week: Man, it's #ChemistsBehavingBadly Week or something.— Chemjobber (@Chemjobber) January 22, 2013 And now, to the roundup: The Safety Zone: UC Davis chemist arrested on explosives charges and UC Davis chemist arraigned on explosives, waste disposal, and firearms charges and Friday chemical safety round-up Artful Science: When a Rembrandt copy is not a forgery Just Another Electron Pusher: From the archives—a surplus of PhDs Newscripts: Chemical Abstracts Service’s 70 Millionth Substance and Fear Of Stink: A Century In The Making and Amusing News...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Dec08

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Welcome to the periodic table, livermorium and flerovium. You both sound delicious. [Christian Science Monitor] Mundane objects owned by chemistry superstars – Royal Society’s archives include Dmitri Mendeleev’s business cards and Ernest Rutherford’s potato masher. [Guardian] The Grinch appears to be at work as “Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri” is cancelled this year. [Wisconsin State Journal] Peppermint mochas we can get with. Peppermint dance clubs? Not so much. [Discoblog] What to do when you’ve got a stockpile of explosives and no one to hurl them at? Why not use them to tenderize meat? [Guardian] Just 23 days left of the International Year of Chemistry. Check out these posters before the International Year of Something Else is upon us. [NY Times]...

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