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Last Friday I wrote of Lindsay Lohan's love of plastics. Her feelings are not shared by all of Hollywood however. Martin Sheen is a good example. On Saturday, he had a new boat christened after him. The boat is a research vessel for studying ocean plastics....
I last wrote about Lindsay Lohan in April of 2013. Since that time, she has kept a pretty low profile as far as the plastics industry is concerned. But that all changed this morning when the Daily Mail published photos of her and a plastic bag:That's her behind...
While my homestate of Minnesota remains a frack-free zone (due to Mother Nature's choice to stock us with iron, copper and other minerals rather than even a drop of petroleum), our neighboring state of North Dakota is pretty much ground zero for the effort....

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A novel family of polymers is featured in Science today. The polymers have an interesting range of properties, but as you might expect, they have been hyped far beyond recognition. The research paper is a mess. There is way too much material jammed into a small...
My wife and I were able to use our chemical knowledge this past week to solve a perplexing problem. I'll post first what we observed and then let you try and figure it out. We have a gas cooktop in our house here in Minnesota. A couple of weeks ago, the flames...
While plastic bag bans have been proliferating of late, I only read yesterday of action being taken against a shop: "The team seized around 45 kgs of polythene bags below 40 micron thickness...". The story did get my mind wandering. For instance,Do the police...

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The New York Times has a great opening for its story on IBM's new polymer discovery that has been published in Science: As a research chemist at an IBM laboratory, Jeannette M. Garcia spends her days mixing and heating chemicals in pursuit of stronger...
Hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break. We're mostly back to work here:I thought this gift of 3-D printed molecules was nice. A fascinating chemical mystery from John Spevacek. (That's a very educated household, btw.)C&EN's year-end issue, lots...
A list of small, useful things (links):Quintus comments on the filibuvir papers.Over at Chemistry Blog, chemistry Advent poems.John has goofy thoughts about plastic bags.Vittorio is very clever with his TLCs.This post about trailing spouses by @belehaa...