“Dirty Pictures” Giveaway
Aug20

“Dirty Pictures” Giveaway

I'm not sure what type of spam the title of this post is going to attract, but I thought it might also catch the eyes of folks who might otherwise skip over offerings from the Newscripts gang (who are not, by the way, the subject of the titular pictures). You might not be aware of it, but one little online corner of C&EN, known as Reel Science, is devoted to spurring discussion of how science is presented in film. Reel Science reviews new movies coming out in theaters and also recommends science-y films out on DVD. Jovana Grbić, a contributing editor for Reel Science, recently filed a recommendation for the documentary "Dirty Pictures" about psychedelics maker and garage chemist Alexander Shulgin. She suggested that we give away the screener copy she watched to review the film. So we came up with a little contest to decide who gets the screener. Reel Science has gotten woefully behind on Recommendations. You can see from the list here that there was a two-year gap between our last recommendation and "Dirty Pictures." So here's the contest: Suggest a film for us to recommend in the comments. Science doesn't have to be its main focus, but the flick should have some relevance to science or scientists; it can even be sci-fi. Also, the movie should be something we haven't already reviewed or recommended, and we should be able to get the film via Netflix or some other easy-to-access (and inexpensive) source. I'll select a winner by the end of the week and write up a recommendation of the person's suggested film (not by the end of the week, but sometime soon). We have only one screener, but we may still recommend other films from the suggestions, so you'd win our thanks, which is good too, right? UPDATE: Thanks to the folks who wrote in. I loved all of your suggestions, but we've only got one DVD, and that goes to Chemjobber. I can't believe we haven't already recommended "Lorenzo's Oil." I look forward to watching it and writing it...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jun23

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Got a good story about late Chemistry Nobel Laureate William Lipscomb? The Annals of Improbable Research want to hear from you. [AIR] Your dishwasher is trying to kill you with fungus. Evil robots everywhere rejoice. [Physorg.com] Award-winning whisky maker is Kraft-chemist-turned-teacher-turned-distiller. “I decided that I really wanted to turn my chemistry from doing good to doing bad,'' he says.  "To turn to the dark side.'' [The Age] Hammocks rock ... you to sleep. And here’s the neuroscience to prove it. [NPR] Synthetic highs are big business for garage chemists. [Bloomberg Businessweek] Drinking coffee protects against Alzheimer’s disease. Yet another reason to have that fifth cup of the day. Or was it fourth? We can’t remember....

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