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Bang, bang, the mighty fall

I never got it, why is that household cleaning stuff called Cillit Bang, when does a bang ever come into degreasing your BBQ unless you’re smoking and forget to close the gas off? And, what’s a Cillit, anyway. But, here’s a thing. They also make a product for getting rid of black mould, you know the kind that forms around condensation-ridden window frames and such. The mould Aspergillus niger, produces carcinogenic aflatoxins and is the reason it’s hard to buy brazil nuts...

 
[Report] Structure of a bd oxidase indicates similar mechanisms for membrane-integrated oxygen reductases

The cytochrome bd oxidases are terminal oxidases that are present in bacteria and archaea. They reduce molecular oxygen (dioxygen) to water, avoiding the production of reactive oxygen species. In addition to their contribution to the proton motive force, they mediate viability under oxygen-related stress conditions and confer tolerance to nitric oxide, thus contributing to the virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we present the atomic structure of the bd oxidase from Geobacillus thermodenitrif...

 
“We felt the explosion rattle the floor and walls eight floors up…”

The explosion knocked down ceiling panels, broke light fixtures, and scattered debris throughout the lab. Credit: Honolulu Fire Department We’ve had a lot of comments at C&EN about my story, “Spark from pressure gauge caused University of Hawaii explosion, fire department says.” I thought I’d flag a few of them here: I am a researcher in the same building as the HNEI, although not on the same floor, and not in the same field. We felt the explosion rattle the floor and...

 
For polycoordinated iodine species, use triflate as a counterion

An inquiry from a reader got me to look up these two safety letters from 1989, and I thought I’d post them in case they’re useful to anyone working with iodine compounds now: Iodosobenzene salt explosion (July 24, 1989, page 2): Iodosobenzene tetrafluoroborate was described in 1988 by V. V. Zhdankin et al. [Tetrahedron Lett., 29, 3717 (1988)] as the first stable hypervalent iodine reagent without a nucleophilic ligand. After having prepared a few grams of the product according to the...

 
ITER nuclear fusion project faces new delay, cost overrun: Les Echos

The international ITER project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor will be delayed by more than a decade and faces another 4 billion euros of cost overruns, its director told French daily Les Echos. ITER chief Bernard Bigot said the experimental fusion reactor under construction in Cadarache, France, will not see the first test of its super-heated plasma before 2025 and its first full-power fusion not before 2035. "The previous planning, which foresaw first plasma by 2020 and full fusion...

 
Radiation and immunotherapy combination can destroy both primary and secondary tumors

The addition of an immune system-strengthening compound to radiation therapy can extend the radiation therapy-induced immune response against the tumor sites and that this response even has an effect on tumors outside the radiation field....

 
Jellyfish from Outer Space? Amazing Glowing Creature Spotted

With red and yellow lights seeming to glow inside its bulbous body, a newfound jellyfish looks more alien spaceship than deep-sea cnidarian. Video captured of the jellyfish reveals a stunning sight: The organism sports two sets of tentacles, long and short, that extend from its pulsating bell. When the long tentacles are extended outward, the jellyfish's bell remains still....

 
Second stage of European-Russian mission to Mars delayed until 2020: Roscosmos

The second stage of a joint European-Russian mission to search for signs of life on Mars will be delayed from 2018 to 2020, Russian news agencies reported on Monday, citing a statement from Russian space agency Roscosmos. The statement said Roscosmos and the European Space Agency had taken the decision to delay the second stage of the ExoMars mission partly because of delays by European and Russian industrial contractors. In March, Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft from the Baikonur spacep...

 
My cloud is your cloud

For all our concerns about Facebook, privacy, oversharing, its psychological effects, the tripling of its ad revenues in Q1 of 2016, we all still use it activity (well 1 in 7 of the world does, at least). One of the features a lot of people are irritated by is the “memories” feature that reminds you what you posted on a given day in the past. Usually, it’s a photo you snapped or a now irrelevant update, but today, there was a picture of sea thrift I’d...

 
[Climate Change] How accurate are emission estimates?

According to estimates by the International Energy Authority, global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 0.2% in 2014, largely because of a 2.9% drop in Chinese coal consumption. But do – [Read More]...

 
So which one of you is it?
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John Bohannon is an interesting character who always seems to get a good story. Here he is in Science, having somehow gotten SciHub's Alexandra Elbakyan to give him all of SciHub's downloading data. You gotta read this article, and then come on back here for my weird question: ...The intense Sci-Hub activity in East Lansing reveals yet another motivation for using the site. Most of the downloads seem to be the work of a few or even just one person running a “scraping” program ov...

 
New cancer drugs could treat lethal resistant prostate cancers

Men with aggressive prostate cancer that has stopped responding to conventional treatment could potentially benefit from a new class of cancer drug designed to overcome drug resistance, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the drugs, called Hsp90 inhibitors, specifically target and inactivate a mechanism commonly used by prostate cancer cells to evade the effects of standard treatment....

 
Report on U Hawaii explosion delayed until late May

This steel tank ruptured during the explosion, which severed a researcher’s arm. Credit: Honolulu Fire DepartmentFrom the University of Hawaii regarding the March explosion that caused a postdoctoral researcher to lose one of her arms. UH retained the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety to investigate the incident, and that report was expected this week. The independent investigation into the March 16, 2016 explosion in a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa laborator...

 
Job posting: B.S. chemist, Plain City, OH
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From the inbox, a position at Quanta BioDesign in Plain City, OH:The successful candidate will be an essential part of our QC/QA team providing analytical support in characterizing our dPEG® products for both catalog sales and products in clinical trials. Will support company scientists in acquiring and interpreting QC data as well as assist customers who have QC-related questions about our products. Will be a vital link in the development of the dPEG® technology. Excellent communic...

 
Could yoga cure your asthma?

The headline is obviously a QTWTAIN, a question to which the answer is no, but there may be some benefits to yoga practice in terms of improving lung function in asthmatics, according to evidence from a new Cochrane review, possibly. The organisation’s Head of Communications and External Affairs, Julie Wood, who usually prefers to stay behind the scenes, recently stepped out from behind the curtain to write about this latest review and her own experience with asthma. Curiously, Wood&rsquo...

 
[In Brief] News at a glance

In science news around the world, the European Commission pledges €1 billion for its third Flagship project, quantum technologies, the German government extends funding for its Excellence Initiative to create a German "Ivy League" indefinitely, an independent report finds that the Mexican government obstructed an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students from a rural teaching college in 2014, the Spanish National Research Council pushes back against lawsuits levied by postd...

 
VIDEO: Tim Peake drives remote Mars rover

UK astronaut Tim Peake has performed a challenging remote control experiment on the International Space Station....

 
Failure to publish trial results exposes patients to risks without providing benefits

Although the publication of results of clinical trials carried out in the USA within 12 months of their completion has been mandatory since 2007, an astoundingly high number of Phase III radiotherapy trials did not do so, according to new research. An analysis of 802 trials with a primary completion date of before Jan. 1, 2013, showed that 655, or 81.7 percent, did not publish even a summary result....

 
VIDEO: Helping hand for chilly owls

Barn owls can struggle to survive in cold, wet weather and as low temperatures persist people in Yorkshire are doing their best to give the birds a helping hand as Paul Murphy reports....

 
Are you a chemist and over 50? Write in!
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A phenomenal request from Logan's Run:I would be much more interested to read "how chemists keep their jobs past 50," but I think that getting enough anecdotes to write a story would be challenging. Are you a chemist, still a chemist, not a "boss of bosses" and over 50? I would love to publish your story. Please write in to chemjobber@gmail.com, and I would be happy to publish your story. Anonymous or not, that's up to you.(My father, whom I love, spent the last ~15 years or so of his...

 
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