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Rejecting unsuitable suitors is easier said than done

Rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition, a new study shows. “When actually faced with a potential date, we don't like to reject a person and make them feel bad, which is not necessarily something that people anticipate when they imagine making these choices,” says the study’s lead researcher....

 
More discussion on the U Minnesota azide explosion

Credit: National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health We’ve had blog post the first (“Explosion injures…”) and blog post the second (“More details…”), plus a C&EN safety letter and “C&EN Talks Safety with William B. Tolman.” A reader responds in this week’s issue: I was disappointed by the lengthy chemical safety letter from T. Andrew Taton and Walter E. Partlo on the azidotrimethylsilane explosion in Taton’s l...

 
Dave Bradley Music

In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off and a musician by night. I’ve written and recorded a few songs over the last couple of years, which you can get hold of from the usual download sites: iTunes, BandCamp, Google Play, Amazon mp3, Spotify, SoundCloud etc. Mostly originals but a handful of covers licenced through Loudr for iTunes and others. Here’s a very short list of a few of the music...

 
Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment

The demand for global trade is driving huge growth in ship traffic in the world's oceans, with four times as many ships at sea now than in 1992, a new study reports. The study also found evidence of illegal fishing in protected marine areas, such as ships plying waters around the Kerguelen Islands Marine Reserve in the Southern Indian Ocean, said study author Jean Tournadre, an oceanographer at IFREMER, the French Institute for Marine Research in Plouzane. "I was surprised to see that in 20 year...

 
Busy day, but more coming
Posted in Chemjobber

In the meantime, I thought I should mention this long essay by William MacPherson, a former Washington Post reporter who finds himself nearing retirement age and being a lot poorer than he was planning: ...Against the advice of people who thought they knew better, I bought shares in AOL before it really took off and in Apple when it was near its bottom. I figured Apple’s real estate must be worth more than the value the market gave the company. I was right. Shares in both companies so...

 
Daily Pump Trap: 11/20/14 edition
Posted in Chemjobber

A few of the jobs posted on C&EN Jobs in the last week:Princeton, NJ: This "senior research scientist" position at BMS is interesting, in that it seems aimed at a B.S./M.S. chemist that's spent 10-15 years at the bench. Anyone know what it is about?Shanghai, China: This position with the USP is pretty interesting:The person in this role will be responsible for the management, leadership and execution of the strategy for USP's operations in China including all laboratory activities supporting...

 
How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats

Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds. Now, the most detailed, three-dimensional aerodynamic simulation of hummingbird flight conducted to date has definitively demonstrated that the hummingbird achieves its nimble aerobatic abilities through a unique set of aerodynamic forces that are more closely aligned to those found in flying insects than to other birds....

 
[Biotechnology] Disorder enhances binding cooperativity

Some natural proteins, such as hemoglobin, bind their ligands in a cooperative manner, whereby the binding of the first ligand alters the structure of the protein, favoring binding – [Read More]...

 
Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. "It is a complete 20-page parchment codex, containing the handbook of a ritual practitioner," write Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner, who are professors in Australia at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, respectively, in their book, "A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power" (Brepols, 2014)....

 
Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain

Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. The investigators found that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller volume of gray matter in a region called the orbitofrontal cortex, which is commonly associated with addiction. "We found that there … not only is a change in structure, but there also tends to be a change reflected in the connectivity," said study author...

 
Embrace the arts, engineers told

Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession....

 
Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks

Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns....

 
[Cosmology] Dark matter may yield x-ray glow nearby

Dark matter often has been observed to influence the dynamics of galaxies. Still, astrophysicists have great difficulty demonstrating the presence of dark matter with some type of direct – [Read More]...

 
Judge says Harran complying with prosecution agreement in #SheriSangji case

Post written by Michael Torrice Attorneys for University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran were in court today for a status check on the chemist’s compliance with an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Harran made the deal in June so that the DA’s office would eventually drop charges of four felony violations of the state labor code stemming from a 2008 fire in his lab that led to the death of research assistant Sh...

 
Why Have Our Brains Started to Shrink?

—via e-mail -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
World's biggest crane ship sets sail

The world's largest crane ship, which is capable of lifting oil rigs, sets sail from its shipyard in Korea for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands....

 
Physicists and Philosophers Unite to Study Time’s Arrow

Physicists can't seem to find the time—literally. Can philosophers help? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
First Clues Found in Mysterious Sea Star Die-Off

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Sharing safety practices among academia, government, and industry

The Council for Chemical Research is playing matchmaker to pair up academic institutions with government or industrial organizations to share safety practices. Says CCR: If you would be willing to share your safety practices with any interested academic CCR members, we would share contact information and a brief description of potential ways you might prefer to interact with the academic CCR members through various means (letters, emails, CCR website). … Through this simple process, we ho...

 
Indefatigable scientist who studied fatigue tapped to lead U.S. road safety agency

At NASA, psychologist Mark Rosekind studied pilots and exhaustion...

 
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