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Physicists bind single-atom sheets with the same force geckos use to climb walls

The approach is to design synergistic materials by combining two single-atom thick sheets, for example, that act as a photovoltaic cell as well as a light-emitting diode, converting energy between electricity and radiation....

 
An interesting development: Novartis fires employee for academic dishonesty
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I'm sure folks saw this Retraction Watch posting: A former Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer committed fraud on a massive scale, according to a new Office of Research Integrity (ORI) report. Igor Dzhura is banned from receiving federal funding for three years, and is retracting six papers, which have been cited more than 500 times. Since leaving Vanderbilt, he has worked at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and now works at Novartis.But this little tidbit is definitely wort...

 
Angela Merkel, scientist
Posted in Chemjobber

I found this New Yorker article (written by George Packer) about Angela Merkel very interesting. I don't really know enough about German politics to really deeply understand her, or her role (and I really don't understand how she can be seemingly blamed for the European economy, but I don't understand the relationship between the German government and the European Central Bank.) But this section about her life as a chemist/physicist was interesting:In 1977, at twenty-three, Angela marr...

 
Consequences of poor glove choice

Via C&EN’s Chemistry in Pictures, shown here is what happened when “dichloromethane carried 3,4-ethylenedioxypyrrole through a researcher’s nitrile gloves. The compound polymerized onto the person’s fingers, forming poly-3,4-ethylenedioxypyrrole, a blue-black conductive polymer of unknown toxicity.” Check a glove compatibility chart before you experiment! The photo was taken by Kristof Hegedüs of labphoto.tumblr.com. Related Posts:Removing gloves and other...

 
Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say....

 
'Scary' centipede's genes reveal how life evolved on our planet

Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. ...

 
Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase...

 
First status check for Prof. Patrick Harran was last Thursday
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Via Michael Torrice of C&EN, the first status check of Prof. Harran's deferred prosecution agreement in the case of Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji was last Thursday: Judge George G. Lomeli said in court that he had reviewed reports submitted by the DA’s office and determined that Harran is complying with all terms of the agreement. Lomeli set the next status check for May 21, 2015. In the June deal, Harran agreed to complete community service and pay a $10,000 fine. After fiv...

 
Should You Worry About the Ebola Outbreak?

Everyday Einstein explains what exactly Ebola is, and breaks down some of the misinformation being spread by news outlets -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA

Prof James Watson is to auction off the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA....

 
Vivid Dreams Comfort the Dying

Memorable visions at the end of life are more than just delirium -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Gray seals may be becoming the great white sharks of Dutch beaches

Animals have begun hunting harbor porpoises and may set their sights on humans...

 
Museum fossils are new dino species

A new species of horned dinosaur is identified from fossils held in a Canadian museum for 75 years....

 
Personal Biases May be Stoking the Flames in Ferguson

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
What have climate engineering boffins learned?

Leaders of three UK geoengineering projects share results...

 
Better wildlife monitoring could prevent human disease outbreaks

More than half of emerging human infectious diseases—including SARS and Ebola—originate in animals...

 
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...

 
[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]...

 
[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...

 
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