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Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)

Shaun Lovejoy is a professor of physics at McGill University and president of the Nonlinear Processes Division of the European Geosciences Union. Last year, the Quebec Skeptics Society threw down the gauntlet: "If anthropogenic global warming is as strong as scientists claim, then why do they need supercomputers to demonstrate it?" My immediate response was, "They don't." Indeed, in 1896 — before the warming was perceptible — the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius, toiling for a year...

 
Chemists overcoming challenges
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In this week's C&EN, Linda Wang's collection of inspirational stories of people overcoming a variety of personal challenges in their journey to becoming chemists. I really enjoyed Dr. Charlotte Cutler's story -- she has cerebral palsy and did work in grad school as a synthetic organic chemist: ...In the lab, I cannot reliably hold anything with my left hand alone. My first research experience was in a synthesis lab working on moisture-sensitive cyclo­proparene chemistry. Looking bac...

 
Updated: Louisiana Still Backs Project Planned By Russia’s EuroChem

Back in July 2013, the Russian fertilizer maker EuroChem, in a joint press release with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, announced it was planning to build a $1.5 billion ammonia and urea complex in Louisiana. At the time, the announcement was just one in a long line of chemical and fertilizer projects meant to take advantage of shale. The project seemed plausible enough. There have been plenty of foreign companies planning large U.S. projects–for example, South Africa’s Sasol, which...

 
I CANNOT believe this was published
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Via Egon Willighagen, a truly bizarre article in Drug Discovery Today that appears to have been accepted for publication:In drug discovery, de novo potent leads need to be synthesized for bioassay experiments in a very short time. Here, a protocol using DrugPrinter to print out any compound in just one step is proposed. The de novo compound could be designed by cloud computing big data. The computing systems could then search the optimal synthesis condition for each bond–bond interact...

 
A new 'APEX' in plant studies aboard the International Space Station

Growing knowledge in a given field takes time, attention, and ... water? It does when you're talking about plant studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS). All of these things and some scientific know-how come into play as astronauts find out just how green their thumbs are while assisting researchers on the ground....

 
This week's C&EN
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A variety of tidbits from this week's C&EN:Rudy Baum writing another column on climate change? No way! I don't know why I am terribly amused at this set of lawsuits between Medication and UCLA's chemistry department over some clinical candidates. (by Michael McCoy)This Rick Mullin piece on big data (and the pushback against it) is a bit of a head-scratcher. Beth Halford's writeup on the Fukuyama NMR corrections is definitely worth a read, especially if you want to read his reaction...

 
First size-based chromatography technique for the study of livi

Using nanodot technology, researchers demonstrated the first size-based form of chromatography for studying the membranes of living cells. This unique physical approach to probing cellular membrane structures reveals critical information that can't be obtained through conventional microscopy....

 
The Toy Thing: It Was Never About Pink or Blue (Op-Ed)

As a science communicator, educator and researcher, I have been following the toy and children's media discussions for a while now, by attending events, reading articles and news stories, and thinking back to my own childhood....

 
Science Suggests 'The Dog' Doesn't Exist (Op-Ed)

Marc Bekoff, emeritus professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is one of the world's pioneering cognitive ethologists, a Guggenheim Fellow, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This Op-Ed is adapted from one that appeared in Bekoff's column Animal Emotions in Psychology Today....

 
Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report....

 
The Life Cycle of Your Reusable Trash

Check out this Earth Day video featuring LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Cofounder and Curator-in-Chief of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation....

 
How Can Galaxies Move Faster Than the Speed of Light? [Video]

Charles Liu, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, answers questions submitted to our YouTube Space Lab Channel -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
For an immune cell, microgravity mimics aging

Telling someone to "act your age" is another way of asking him or her to behave better. Age, however, does not always bring improvements. Certain cells of the immune system tend to misbehave with age, leaving the elderly more vulnerable to illness. Because these cells are known to misbehave similarly during spaceflight, researchers are studying the effects of microgravity on immune cells to better understand how our immune systems change as we age....

 
Video: Sailfish Star in Slasher Film

Sailfish's sardine hunting secrets revealed on video...

 
Pain No Deterrent for Male Libido

Male mice given equivalent of bad sunburn stay in the mood, but females don't...

 
MRSA Spreads in Households

Drug-resistant bacteria have found refuge in residences in parts of New York City -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Graphene 'made with kitchen blender'

Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender....

 
ScienceShot: Mystery of Quacking Caller in Antarctic Solved

Long search for animal making "bio-duck" call...

 
[Ecology] It's All in the Timing

Phenology is the timing of biological events, such as the time of year when flowers bloom. Because phenology is dependent on environmental cues, including temperature, how it is affected – [Read More]...

 
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