April 2012



An interesting title popped up in my feed the other day: Chelsea R Martinez and Brent L Iverson’s Perspective article ‘Rethinking the term pi-stacking’ (Chem. Sci., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20045G). I don’t think I’d ever thought much about pi-stacking if I’m honest; the concept seemed to make sense and it just got absorbed into my brain along with those other concepts that I now find are mutable, like hydrogen bonds. (more…)

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29 April 2012: Have something to say about an article you’ve read on Chemistry World this week? Leave your comments below… (more…)

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In my editorial for the April issue I asked the question: who is the living chemist you admire most and why? (more…)

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Watson buys Actavis for €4.3bn – Jazz buys Eusa for $700 million – AZ boss retires (more…)

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Solvay plans to for €3bn in earnings – Merck KGaA to cut 500 jobs – And Amgen buys Turkish drugmaker (more…)

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Do you like going to the dentist? Well, you’d like it a lot less without the compound developed by Lofgren, Lundqvist and Fischer – three Swedish chemists with an ‘unconventional’ approach to clinical trials. Lars Öhrström looks at lidocaine in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast.

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Zippy

The zipper metaphor - what were we telling the kids with this guy? Readers outside the UK might need some explanation: http://bit.ly/Juiv9o

As anyone who’s used Google today will already know, it’s the birthday of Gideon Sundback (1880–1954), the Swedish engineer who brought the zipper to the world. Sundback’s invention has obviously had a profound and lasting impact on the clothing industry, but its influence extends far beyond that. Notably (for us at least…) the humble zipper has become an indispensible metaphor in chemistry. (more…)

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22 April 2012: Have something to say about an article you’ve read on Chemistry World this week? Leave your comments below…

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What’s the oddest reference you’ve ever put in a paper? Have you ever been tempted to slip in a joke reference? I’m sure it’s been done, but this paper cites one of the Harry Potter books for real. (more…)

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GSK sells more brands – Roche abandons Illumina chase – And Lonza to develop bee silk products (more…)

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