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Tweet Follow @mark_lorch I really like XKCD. One of the pictures I like the most is the Up Goer Five. I sometimes use it to show other people how you can explain hard ideas using just the words people use the most. So I got to thinking whether I could […]...
Tweet Follow @mark_lorch The imposing cliffs of Pointe de Hoc overlook the Normandy beaches where Allied troops landed on June 6 1944. The assaults marked the beginning of the liberation of German-occupied Europe. And the cliff tops were the perfect spot for...
Its been far too long since Ive written a blog post, but I think I have a good excuse: Ive been focusing on getting tenure. Its been a 5-year, assistant professor roller coaster ride. But the ride is nearly over. Weirdly, it feels like just yesterday, but also...

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WATCH LIVE! Several local tv outlets will be live streaming (did stream) the controlled burn at 9am pacific time (noon eastern) 11am pacific (2pm eastern). I’ll be teaching class at that time, so someone let me know if it’s uneventful or, er, eventful.NBCCBSABCFOX—On...
Last week I , and severalothers, wrote about theextraordinaryand unfounded conclusions published in a JACS perspective, that dinosaurs may have evolved intointelligentlife elsewhere in theuniverse.Well it gets worse, because as Stuart Cantrill (editor of Nature...
Update: CAS Number added to outputUpdate 2: DESKTOP GADGETS are here! See awesome update below!If you’re like me, you don’t remember chemicals’ physical properties off the top of your head. You’re ready to run a reaction, and it’s...

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A list of small, useful things (links):The latest from Stellen fr ChemikerThe latest from All Things MetathesisChemistry Blog needs you!This 30-year battle over who gets credit over a basic combinatorial chemistry technique is pretty remarkable. anyone...