This Week on CENtral Science: Harlem Shake, Natural gas, and more
Mar22

This Week on CENtral Science: Harlem Shake, Natural gas, and more

Tweet of the Week: My to do list is so massive, it has started to develop its own gravity.— Katherine Haxton (@kjhaxton) March 22, 2013 To the network: Cleantech Chemistry: Natural Gas and Cleantech Newscripts: Celebrating Pi: Don’t Try This at Home and Harlem Shake ft. Tryptophan and Amusing News Aliquots The Haystack: New Targets in Advanced Prostate Cancer The Safety Zone: Friday chemical safety round up The Watchglass: Chemistry Chess and Biochemist Gerty Cori and Vitamin B-12 Synthesis and Lasers on the Upswing and Potential Anticancer...

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Celebrating Pi: Don’t Try This at Home
Mar18

Celebrating Pi: Don’t Try This at Home

Do you remember what you did on Pi Day last Thursday (3/14)? American Chemical Society (ACS) student affiliates from Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, took the opportunity to "pi" their professors (literally) and made a short video about it: And on a related note, if you think reading the digits in pi will take forever, check out this video of a man pronouncing the longest word in the world, which happens to be the chemical name of titin, the largest known protein. (Warning: you'll need three and a half hours to get through this video, but as a reward, you get to watch this man's beard...

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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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Amusing News Aliquots
Mar14

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Lauren Wolf. Today’s Pi Day! Celebrate by, um, tossing hotdogs down a hallway. [WikiHow] Harvard is making robot bees. Sigh. Hasn’t ANYONE watched “2001: A Space Odyssey,” or “iRobot”? Sure, robobees are super cool, but this isn’t going to end well. [iO9] DNA from fish (herring) sperm is a flame retardant, study shows. Hmmm … that’s going to be an interesting production/extraction process. [Wired] Smart people like curly fries. Straight men often do Internet searches for “Being confused after waking up from naps.” This, according to a study of Facebook by Cambridge University researchers. [NBC Bay Area] We thought that to bend the spoon with your mind, you have to realize that there is no spoon. What do we know? This guy says it has something to do with respiration. [Improbable Research] Pass the Juicy Fruit: People chewing gum focus longer on a task than those who aren’t. [iO9]...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Mar15

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Researchers at Vienna University of Technology break speed record for 3-D printing objects, produce racecars and Towers of London London Tower Bridges with nanoscale detail. We’ll take two of those printers. Wrap ‘em up. [TU Vienna] CYBORG SNAILS. We really shouldn’t even have to say anything else in order for you to click on this link. But they’ve got implanted biofuel cells. [iO9] Bonus: This work was published in JACS. [JACS] Happy belated Pi Day! This woman took it to whole new level, baking a pie with number-shaped pieces of apple. Count ‘em. It seems a good portion of the digits of pi are there. [A Periodic Table Blog] Worried someone will piece together your shredded personal documents? Well, now you can unprint them instead. [ExtremeTech] Violin strings made from spider silk have a unique timbre. Newscripts gang wonders how “Flight of the Bumblebee” would sound. [BBC] The Newscripts gang has previously pointed out the opening of Booker & Dax, a bar in N.Y.C. that uses centrifuges and rotovaps to make its cocktails. But this firsthand account of the bar includes videos of drinks being lit on fire. So who wouldn’t want to read about it again? [Gizmodo] If you’re wondering what to do with dead jellyfish, one company suggests making them into glow-in-the-dark lamps. [Daily...

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