Ckellz over at New Reactions just posted the most awesome write-up about a new oxidant ‘affectionately dubbed Bobbitt’s Salt’ and its applications in simple, effective and selective oxidations of alcohols to aldehydes, among several other fantastic things. Before you read any further, I urge everyone to check out the original post. [...]
If your local dealer insists on cutting your dope with sugar, you should be aware that there is a fix for it now.
Specifically, if the sugar is pure D-ribose and the desired dope is (—)-cocaine, which is the natural stuff indeed, you can convert the former into product with excellent stereoselectivity and an impressive [...]
The original post has been retracted for non-scientific reasons.
Retractions of scientific articles in general appears to be a hot topic. For a bizarre and completely unrelated story about the retraction of a retraction (!), see here.
Important message to all particle physicists: You can stop looking.
I have found your particle, the God particle, a.k.a. the Higgs boson – the particle. It was hiding in plain sight all along. Everything is beginning to make sense now. We can soon enjoy a grand unified theory of everything.
Do you know what I miss most about studying? Chalk. It’s been almost a decade since we last met. There’s something eternally awesome about chemical structures drawn in white chalk on a black background.
I didn’t like it when everybody began switching over to whiteboards. In fact, I have come to hate these. I don’t [...]
The time is ripe for a short chemistry quiz. In fact, a very short one – it’s only one question long. We used to traumatize undergraduates with this one towards the end of the first organic chemistry lab course. I can’t remember if a student ever got it right, and I’m certainly not sure whether [...]
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 [...]