WSJ Feature on “The Other Chemistry”

Jeanne Whalen, a Wall Street Journal reporter based in London, had an article yesterday on the European aspects of a phenomenon we’ve been discussing here at Terra Sig since the beginning of the year: the adoption of academic chemistry to produce legal intoxicants that are just on this side of the law. Whalen spends the first half of her article talking with David Llewellyn, a middle-aged Scotsman in Belgium who works with a...

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Extraordinary Opportunities: UNCF/Merck Science Initiative for African American Students
Oct28

Extraordinary Opportunities: UNCF/Merck Science Initiative for African American Students

If you don’t get the hardcopy version of C&EN, you are likely to have missed the ad on pg. 36 (Oct 25) for a fantastic scholarship and fellowship opportunity benefiting African American undergrad, graduate students, and postdocs in the chemical or biological sciences. The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has partnered with Merck and the Merck Company Foundation to offer some comprehensive awards to create these unique...

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“Wining” about corked Tylenol
Oct24

“Wining” about corked Tylenol

Things have not been going very well for Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division with regard to their now-closed Fort Washington, PA, manufacturing facility. Last week, they issued another recall for 8-Hour Tylenol products due to a musty smell caused by trace quantities of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). I wrote about J&J’s issues at this blog’s old home back in May when some of our comments...

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British Chemists Hacked Off By Government’s “Lazy Stereotype”
Oct22

British Chemists Hacked Off By Government’s “Lazy Stereotype”

In discussing the chemistry of “legal highs” earlier this week, I was reminded of a dust-up last month in the UK following the launch of a government anti-drug campaign to warn young people that “legal” intoxicants are not necessarily “safe.” At issue was the Home Office’s “Crazy Chemist” campaign: Featuring an eye catching and menacing scientist, the campaign conveys the...

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Mephedrone in the U.S.
Oct20

Mephedrone in the U.S.

In a news item last week, two young men found dead in Hillsborough Raleigh, North Carolina, were described by police as having been taking the recreational drug, mephedrone. Known to chemists as 2-methylamino-1-p-tolylpropan-1-one, 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), or 4-methylephedrone, the compound is a semi-synthetic derivative of the natural product cathinone found in the shrub, Catha edulis – better known as khat. My blogging...

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