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Whilst cluster of carbon atoms are well-known, my eye was caught by a recent article describing the detection of a cluster of boron atoms, B40 to be specific. My interest was in how the and -electrons were partitioned. In a C40, one can reliably predict that...
Computational quantum chemistry has made fantastic strides in the last 30 years. Often deep insight into all sorts of questions regarding reactions and structures of molecules have become possible. But sometimes the simplest of questions can prove incredibly...
I was lucky enough to attend the announcement made in 2012 of the discovery of the Higgs Boson. It consisted of a hour-long talk mostly about statistics, and how the particle physics community can only claim a discovery when their data hasachieved a 5 confidence...

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On 8th August this year, I posted on a fascinating article that had just appeared in Science (DOI:10.1126/science.1188002), in which the crystal structure was reported of two small molecules,1,3-dimethyl cyclobutadieneandcarbon dioxide, entrapped together inside...
It is not often that an article on the topic of illusion and deception makes it into a chemical journal. Such is addressed (DOI:10.1002/anie.201102210) in no less an eminent journal than Angew Chemie. The illusion (or deception if you will) actually goes to...
Do you fancy a story going from simplicity to complexity, if not absurdity, in three easy steps? Read on! The following problem appears in one of our (past) examination questions in introductory organic chemistry. From relatively mundane beginnings, one can...

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Contributed by Steven Bachrach.Reposted from Computational Organic Chemistry with permissionA short note here mainly to call to the readers attention a fascinating trialogue on the C2 molecule.1Shaik, Danovich, Wu, Su, Rzepa, and Hiberty2 recently...
A short note here mainly to call to the readers attention a fascinating trialogue on the C2 molecule.1 Shaik, Danovich, Wu, Su, Rzepa, and Hiberty2 recently presented a full CI study of C2 and concluded that the molecule contains a quadruple bond (see my previous...
Some time ago Google shut down the Share feature of Google Reader to push everyone onto Google Plus. Unfortunately, Google Plus is a bit of a walled garden (and also it sucks compared to FriendFeed, but that's not the issue here). Unlike Google Reader, it doesn't...