David Nichols with chemist blogger Andrea Sella on BBC4 IYC programme

Our beloved C&EN online editor, Rachel Pepling, pointed out to me yesterday an insightful post about David Nichols by University College London chemist, Andrea Sella, at his Solarsaddle’s Blog. You’ll recall that my previous post commented on the Nature commentary by Purdue University distinguished chemist and pharmacologist, David Nichols, as he lamented how some of his synthetic schemes for neuroactive compounds have...

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David Nichols, legal highs, and the social responsibilities of the scientist
Jan05

David Nichols, legal highs, and the social responsibilities of the scientist

Since we ended last year with a post on legal highs – and who decides which analogs are illegal – we logically begin this year, the International Year of Chemistry, with further discussion of synthetic, psychoactive intoxicants. Today, Nature published an excellent commentary from Dr. David E. Nichols, entitled, “Legal highs: the darker side of medicinal chemistry.” Nichols, a distinguished chair in...

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Smiles: 2C-I or not 2C-I?
Oct01

Smiles: 2C-I or not 2C-I?

Designer drugs in the news This is tiring enough for a science writer. I cannot imagine being in law enforcement. The pace at which psychoactive designer drugs are appearing on the street is about as challenging for me as keeping up with dietary supplement companies that adulterate their products with actual prescription drugs (an area I’ve been covering since 2007 but a practice that goes back decades.) This week’s...

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2011: The year in blog numbers
Dec31

2011: The year in blog numbers

Well, we’re right about at the end of 2011 and it’s time to thank you find readers for checking in with us throughout the year. We’re slowly rebuilding our momentum here at CENtral Science since moving from ScienceBlogs and were just shy of 90,000 visits for the year. Many of our colleagues get that many each month or week, and a few even each day. Still, we’re very happy that you take time to read here –...

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Terra Sig In the News (Hi, Mom!)
Mar01

Terra Sig In the News (Hi, Mom!)

Apologies for the quick note of narcissism but, hey, Mom will be proud of this. Our continued examination of the legal highs industry brought us attention from the online arms of TIME and Nature Chemistry. First, science writer and author, Maia Szalavitz, wrote last week at TIME Healthland about the bans by US states being placed on synthetic cannabimimetics and stimulants (think Spice herbal incense and bath salts, respectively)....

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