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The recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been commented on heavily elsewhere, and I doubt I have any original thoughts to add. But is quite readily apparent that his replacement will not be appointed quickly, as in it might well drag on...
Long time readers of this blog know that one mistake way too many researchers and product developers make is to run poorly-designed simulations of weathering conditions in order to (hopefully) obtained faster results. But in the same way that a computer can...
While low oil prices are viewed by the majority of the public as good, the low prices are not without consequences (as is always the case with ANY economic news). Capital investments in the oil industry are down, so drillers, pipe manufacturers, steel suppliers...

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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...