As a scientist and unrepentant skeptic, it isn’t so often that my interest is piqued by spam mail. Although my inbox gleefully assures me that secret advances in penis enhancement guarantee that I will meet thousands of willing and available brides from locations spanning the globe, it is rare indeed that a misspelled subject line […]
I wrote before about fake journals, or predatory publishers, which seems to be the term in use. An avid follower of this blog sent me an interesting email about a suspected fake conference. I’m attaching it here for you to judge.
Here we go.
“Elementary, My Dear […]
The past few weeks have been… quite intense. Long story short (beware of national politics): My home country Sweden has the most restrictive drug laws in the Western World. Since preschool, I’ve been (unsuccessfully) brainwashed with “smoke weed and you will soon be injecting heroin”, official police statements such as “it is our mission to […]
“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different […]
Oxford biochemistry student Kristof Willerton has abilities no one else has. He is the first male from Great Britain to take the world tumbling title. Respect! And also great disrespect – of the laws of science. Seriously, those transitions cannot be allowed!
Read more here. I’m gonna watch the clip […]
You know what I like best about chemistry? That you learn something new every single day, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. In between meetings yesterday, I decided to kill off a couple of minutes by clicking around on Wikipedia, and stumbled on something that was totally new to me: The synthesis of […]
I’m looking for an organic* material – a killer dye – with the following properties.
Must have Nice price. In other words, not something fancy from the latest issue of JACS. Commercial availability and in stock. Not in “8-12 weeks.” Chemical INSTABILITY towards light. Preferably at a defined wavelength. Say 254 nm; not […]
As if the cost for journal subscriptions for universities and companies wasn’t bad enough today, there is a growing number of really stinky players in the field. This in my inbox today:
Date: May 11, 2014 08:27:19 CEST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Dear (my real name)
Dear (my real name)
These freight cars were recently spotted somewhere in North America. Note especially the “hot” in ammonium nitrate!
I can’t see the need for a trail derailment emergency plan. If it crashes it CRASHES.
To answer my own question: Not in this life. You?
Had a couple of minutes to kill. Did a web search for “what is the difference between inorganic and organic chemistry.” Skipped directly to search results page 3 and beyond to find the most horrible and entertaining examples. Such as this.
I think Organiic chemistry is chemistry most ly about living things and carbon and […]