Competition and Camaraderie at #IChO2012
Jul26

Competition and Camaraderie at #IChO2012

Today, students competing in the International Chemistry Olympiad are taking a five-hour theoretical exam, which counts toward 60% of their total score. Check out Newscripts' blog post from July 24 for some sample questions and see whether you can compete with a chemistry olympian. While the students are hard at work, let's take a look at some of the camaraderie they've enjoyed over the past few days: Students held up their country flags at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Even a bus ride can be entertaining! Credit: Peter Cutts Photography A group of students pose in front of an exhibit at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography During a trip to Annapolis, Md., on Monday, a guide tells students about Maryland's blue crabs. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography After touring NASA's Space Flight Center, students were treated to a boat cruise in Annapolis. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Slovenian students express their joy after completing the five-hour lab practical on Tuesday. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN ACS President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri demonstrates the properties of moving air to students during a presentation on Tuesday evening. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN U.S. participant Jason Ge and his teammates react to one of Shakhashiri's demonstrations. Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN On Wednesday, after touring the monuments around Washington, D.C., students gathered in front of the Capitol Building for a group photo. Credit: Peter Cutts Photography Check out the Catalyzer, the daily newsletter of the International Chemistry Olympiad, for more photos and interesting tidbits from the...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Dec08

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Welcome to the periodic table, livermorium and flerovium. You both sound delicious. [Christian Science Monitor] Mundane objects owned by chemistry superstars – Royal Society’s archives include Dmitri Mendeleev’s business cards and Ernest Rutherford’s potato masher. [Guardian] The Grinch appears to be at work as “Once Upon A Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri” is cancelled this year. [Wisconsin State Journal] Peppermint mochas we can get with. Peppermint dance clubs? Not so much. [Discoblog] What to do when you’ve got a stockpile of explosives and no one to hurl them at? Why not use them to tenderize meat? [Guardian] Just 23 days left of the International Year of Chemistry. Check out these posters before the International Year of Something Else is upon us. [NY Times]...

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