Ron Fouchier, a mad scientist from The Netherlands, has created a new super-virus, a genetically modified H5N1 influenza strain, with the predicted potential to, if let out in the wild, kill about half of all humans on Earth.
Researchers and experts on bioterrorism now debate whether publishing the ‘recipe’ in the [...]
Has TOC ROFL possibly escaped anyone’s attention? Whoever said the primary literature lacked humor was outright wrong. I eat, sleep and shit TOC ROFL. That was perhaps a bit dramatic. Seriously though, TOC ROFL is one of the first pages I open in the morning.
Since this particular abstract has not [...]
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“Chemists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost maniacal impulse to seek their pleasures amongst smoke and vapour, soot and flames, poisons and poverty, yet amongst all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that I would rather die than change places with the King of Persia.”
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Do you think it is like this? A linear correlation between intelligence and happiness.
Or is it like this? A local minimum for semi-bright individuals?
Would love to hear your theories on the matter. Help me out here. I can’t make up my mind over the two scenarios. For Linus Pauling’s and Bertrand [...]
I remember at one point having a (review?) paper called “Pyridine!” in my collection. Love that title. I can’t remember who wrote it, what year it was from or what it contained. Now I can’t find it again, because SciFinder and Google Scholar seem to ignore the exclamation mark in text based searches. If you [...]
I would be most surprised if anyone of you had heard of the Willgerodt-Kindler reaction before. It stinks, literally and figuratively. Don’t get me wrong, the reaction works really well, but that is also its actual problem. The desired products are extremely undesired, if you know what I am saying. I have [...]
An international team of scientists herein wish to report on a seminal EAS functionalization approach to unearth a mono-substituted benzene (1), tentatively named bromobenzene.
Scheme 1. Synthesis of bromobenzene
It is noteworthy that the depicted synthesis is strictly linear. According to preliminary results, the addition of a catalytic amount of Lewis acid is [...]