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A few of the articles from this week's C&EN:Jean-Franois Tremblay is on the cover this week, talking about the health (?) of the Chinese chemical industry. Does anyone actually believe Chinese GDP numbers? I think you can believe the trend, but not...
Fascinating story by Bethany Halford on how Tulane chemists saved their NMRs from quenching during and after Katrina. This is just a little part of a great story: ...Peel checked the NMRs cryogen levels and found that although the nitrogen needed topping...
Voting for the funniest, most accurate description of an analytical technique closes tonight at midnight Eastern. Go vote! ...

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Because sometimes the facts about chemical employment just aren't very fun. But this is!My Favorite Things about Chemistry (by CJ)1. A chromatography column that works well.2. The treasure trove of literature, filled with truth, (a few) lies and idiosyncrasies...
From Jyllian Kemsley and Michael Torrice, a tweet from the LA Superior Court on Judge Lisa Lench's ruling in the preliminary hearing for UCLA professor Patrick Harran:Judge sending Patrick Harran to trial on #SheriSangji case, @cenmag story by @mmtorrice...
It's the start of the summer student season right about now, and I think it would be great to get them into the habit of wearing PPE in the lab. Wouldn't it be great if we could show everyone that PPE is a normal happy part of your day in the lab? (i.e. positive...

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OK, apologies, chemblogosphere: today is apparently write-guest-posts-for-Chemjobber day.He poses an interesting question in his "Ivory Filter Flask" post from earlier today:" What is the median length of a postdoc these days, anyways?"Well, I may have...
Chemjobber has a post up asking readers what information they put in the acknowledgments sections of their dissertations.I have always been fascinated by whom grad students choose to acknowledge. As a first-year, I used to pull old theses off the shelves of...
Merry Christmas to my wonderful, interactive, patient readers. It's been a great year over here.(If Christmas isn't something you celebrate, happy Thursday!)If you're looking for something holiday-themed - and don't feel like resorting to Google - try these:Look,...