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I ran across a PR blurb from Stanford yesterday entitled How do you design a better polymer?" and am not sure whether to laugh or cry. Start with this highlight:"The polymer research process has always followed a similar pattern. Researchers would synthesize...
No matter who you are, $1 trillion is a lot of money. And according to Ernest and Young that is how much money is pent up in private equity firms, waiting for the right investment opportunities in oil and gas.Think that the oil and gas industry is going away?...
Normally when I hear of olefin metathesis in connection with polymers, it is regarding polymerization (such as ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP)). So I was surprised the other day to read a paper where metathesis was used to depolymerize a polymer,...

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Foods always make for fun and interesting rheology experiments. Witness the ongoing (and incorrect) characterization of ketchup as thixotropic [1]. Talking about viscoelastic and other complex rheological behaviors of polymeric materials really won't grab the...
Don Loepp of PlasticsNews raised the question last week of whether PVC is vegan or not. The issue came about regarding the all-electric Tesla cars. Apparently they don't offer a non-leather interior for vegans."A Bloomberg report from Teslas annual share meeting...
Crystalline polypropylene (PP) has always been one of the more interesting polymers because it is polymorphic - there are multiple crystalline phases that can form. Without any special processing, the α- phase dominates. This is the one that melts at...

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Small, useful things (links):"Scientific Community Debates Standard Definition of "Impact Factor"" Melanie Nelson looks at building inclusive teams.Jyllian has suggestions for National Safety Stand Down on May 2.ab without bench Here's another case...
A collection of small useful things (links):Hilarious: "Impact Factor Stolen in Daring Heist"Fun post by See Arr Oh on the latest from the Doyle lab. Light rail affecting the University of Minnesota's NMRs?I really liked Quintus' look at Fujita's latest...
Derek Lowe has a link to a rather amusing inadvertent addition to a paper, John Spevacek has noted an equally amazing admission, but one that's on purpose. (2nd page, first paragraph)Tien Nguyen has written a really nice "successful assistant professor candidates...