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Something to do in lab today

I said I’d make this a monthly repost, then travel and assorted other things meant that I forgot it in February. Trying again… From Derek Lowe, in memory of people who died in chemical incidents: So in memory of these four, here’s something that all of us who work in the lab can do today. Take a look around you. Remind yourself of where the fire extinguishers are (and there should be more than one kind). Think of how you’d get to the safety shower if you had to use it. A...

 
EPA updating safety regulations, inside a BSL-4 facility

From last week, some stories that I thought would interest readers: At C&EN, a story by Glenn Hess about the Environmental Protection Agency updating its Risk Management Plan regulations: EPA has identified areas of particular interest, including the following: - Adding toxic, flammable, explosive, or reactive substances to its list of compounds to be regulated. - Removing substances from the program. - Decreasing or increasing the so-called threshold quantities that qualify certain chemical...

 
Breakthrough discovery made in cancer treatment

Supplemental oxygenation could shrink tumors and improve cancer immunotherapy, researchers have discovered. "The anti-tumor effects of supplemental oxygen can be further improved by the natural antagonist of the A2A adenosine receptor, which happens to be the caffeine in your coffee," the lead researcher said. "People drink coffee because caffeine prevents the A2A adenosine receptor in the brain from putting us to sleep."...

 
Is it possible to contact Jesus James Angleton via seance?
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From a 1944 OSS/CIA sabotage manual, ways that you can disrupt an organization: Managers and Supervisors: To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work. Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one. Organizati...

 
Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study....

 
Safety Madness at UT Austin

March is fast approaching and with it March Madness, also known as the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament (go Cardinal!). The chemistry department at the University of Texas, Austin, took a page out of the basketball book last year and created a “Safety Madness” tournament—complete with brackets–for its department. Lab groups divided into the “makers” (organic and inorganic divisions) and “measurers” (analytical and physical divisions), says che...

 
"P: "I am now happier"
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This story about leaving graduate school is from "P"; it has been lightly edited for formatting. I quit graduate school (not chemistry but a closely related field) after 3 years, around the time I was starting to write up my thesis.Why did you leave?A combination of reasons:I wasn’t enjoying my project. This had been getting slowly worse over time and I was at a stage where it just didn’t interest me at all.I was already pretty sure that I wasn’t going to stay in academia...

 
Are you a tetrachromat?

Riding in on the train of *that* dress – is it gold/white or blue/black a lot of colour vision questions have emerged. Despite people becoming quickly bored after the initial couture virality and now that it’s been around the world’s media 50 times in all its shades, there is still plenty to say. Wired pretty much wrapped up the threads, so I won’t go into that and you can Google it if you really want to see their article. But, there’s a “spectrum” looki...

 
Silent Spring master notes

UPDATE: I cranked up the bass a little on the latest mix, check it out, it’ll get your blood pumping… I posted my song, The Silent Spring from critique on one of the songwriter forums and got a few listens and some nice positive comments, in particular with regard to the mastering I did…an area in which I’m really just a novice. But, here are a few notes about what I did, just for my own personal notekeeping to be honest, but others might find them interesting if they&r...

 
Feature: Drop-testing general relativity, Galileo’s way

Physicists are challenging Einstein’s theory in new versions of the most famous experiment that never happened...

 
Full-annual-cycle models track migratory bird populations throughout the year

Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture. For this reason, researchers have written the first comprehensive review of the different types of full-annual-cycle modeling approaches available to ecologists....

 
Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines

More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been leading an expedition to find the Musashi — one of the biggest battleships ever built — aboard his high-tech 414-foot-long (125 meters) yacht, the M/Y Octopus....

 
"It's not a biotech bubble, it's...."
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Fun story from FiercePharmaMarketing on a Cubist "Cards Against Biotechnology" expansion pack.(For those not in the know, "Cards Against Humanity" is a popular card game amongst the youths, of which I am not one.) ...

 
DNA reveals bird shift surprise

DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family....

 
VIDEO: New threats to wild bees identified

Bumblebees in the wild are infected with many diseases found in honeybees kept by bee keepers, according to a national survey....

 
Flash glass: Lightning inside volcanic ash plumes create glassy spherules

Surface tension shapes lightning-melted ash into balls...

 
A Waste Of Space [COMMENTARY]

NASA’s new space station mission is not a big step towards Mars, but mostly a holding pattern.   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Global flood toll to triple by 2030

People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report....

 
Gemini Constellation Holds Starry Treats for March Stargazers

The constellation Gemini is currently well placed in the evening sky, just above and to the left of Orion for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. The Gemini constellation is marked by two of the brightest stars in the sky, Castor and Pollux....

 
No Link Found between Psychedelics and Psychosis

A large U.S. survey found that users of LSD and similar drugs were no more likely to have mental-health conditions than other respondents -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
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