This Week on CENtral Science: Pancreatic Cancer Drug Candidates, Photo Fraud, Toaster Bacon, and more
Mar01

This Week on CENtral Science: Pancreatic Cancer Drug Candidates, Photo Fraud, Toaster Bacon, and more

Tweet of the Week: ready to wake up popeless & sequestered— Barney Grubbs (@barneygrubbs) March 1, 2013 Honorable Mention: anything under the hashtag #sciquester To the network: Artful Science: Photo fraud: eBay to the rescue! Just Another Electron Pusher: I know. Enough with the bad news, already. Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and Science Is Hard Terra Sigillata: Must-See ACS Webinar: Superbugs and Drug Development and “Suicide Before PhD Defense” The Haystack: New Developments in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer from ASCO GI 2013 – Part 1 and Part 2 The Safety Zone: Friday chemical safety round up The Watchglass: Fast Response and Linus Pauling Day and Durable Peace and Mimicking Photosynthesis and Amino Acid Dreams and Liquid...

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Science Is Hard
Mar01

Science Is Hard

Experiment got you down? Reaction yield low? That chromatogram just not telling you what you want to hear? Take solace on this fine Friday in the fact that the National Science Foundation says “science is hard.” Or at least that’s what our favorite faux-news outlet, The Onion, reports. Admittedly, this article is from 2002. But I just saw it this week thanks to a tweet from @the_distillate. So it’s new to me and now, perhaps, new to you too. According to the report, NSF held a symposium back in the day to discuss just how confusing various scientific disciplines can be. The scientists that attended came to the conclusion that the “Law of Difficulty” is true. I leave you with a few choice quotes: "To be a scientist, you have to learn all this weird stuff, like how many molecules are in a proton," University of Chicago physicist Dr. Erno Heidegger said.   Dr. Ahmed Zewail, a Caltech chemist whose spectroscopic studies of the transition states of chemical reactions earned him the Nobel Prize in 1999, explained in layman's terms just how hard the discipline of chemistry is, using the periodic table of the elements as a model. "Take the element of tungsten and work to memorize its place in the periodic table, its atomic symbol, its atomic number and weight, what it looks like, where it's found, and its uses to humanity, if any," Zewail said. "Now, imagine memorizing the other 100-plus elements making up the periodic table. You'd have to be, like, some kind of total brain to do that." So when things aren't working out in the lab, just remember, what you're trying to do is really friggin' hard. Happy Friday, Newscripts...

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