Who decides what’s an analog of a controlled substance?
Dec31

Who decides what’s an analog of a controlled substance?

In this quiet week of reflection around the blogosphere, it makes sense that I should put up one last post on the topic that has brought us the most attention this year: synthetic cannabimimetics that have been sold in herbal incense blends such as K2 Spice. While marketed as “not for human consumption,” these products exemplify the growing legal highs industry (Coffeesh0p.com, a UK company run by John & Jo, pictured...

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ScienceOnline 2011 Hotel Update
Dec27

ScienceOnline 2011 Hotel Update

As we excitedly approach the ScienceOnline2011 unconference in currently-snowy Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, we now have to open a second hotel for those who have not yet made their arrangements. Much of the extensive demand appears to come from word among the paparazzi that C&EN’s Rachel Pepling, Carmen Drahl, and Lisa M. Jarvis will be in attendance. The very kind folks at the Radisson RTP – Mr. Leon...

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The Man Who Gave Us Epo
Dec20

The Man Who Gave Us Epo

I learned over the weekend via this tweet from Serena Stockwell at Oncology Times that Eugene Goldwasser passed away on Friday at age 88. The biochemist and renal physiologist who spent most of his career at the Argonne National Cancer Hospital and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago (web page) demonstrated that a hormone made in the kidney could increase the number of new red blood cells, a...

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The Future of Chemistry Jobs – Keep Reading and Commenting

Today marks the conclusion of a series of excellent blog discussions on the current state of the chemistry job market as led by Prof Matt Hartings at ScienceGeist (well, that’s who sent the press release), Chemjobber (opener and closer), Leigh Krietsch Boerner here at Just Another Electron Pusher, and Paul at ChemBark. Here’s the quick list with descriptions from Matt: • Monday, December 13: “We Are The Grist”...

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Five years of Terra Sigillata
Dec15

Five years of Terra Sigillata

Today is my sister’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Sandi! (and keep an eye out for the FedEx truck today..wink, wink.) Five years ago, I chose to start this blog on my sister’s birthday so that I’d always remember my blogging anniversary (I’m not fond of the portmanteau, “blogiversary.”). Mind you, I also got married in 2000 thereby making it painlessly simple to know how many years I’ve...

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