In the previous post, I casually mentioned methane and ethane in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. I’ve started with the terms in that post and worked back to the supporting concepts so you can read until you get to things you already know.
This is what consultants sell: the same old thing, with new, expensive trappings: “Want to make an amide? Have I got good news for you!”
Yep, that’s right: someone has come up with a new way to form amides by reacting acid chlorides and amines. “But hold on,” you say, “I thought that acid chlorides and amines form amides like an unstoppable juggernaut, which grinds to a halt only when enough HCl is given off to take the remaining amine out of contention”.
The University of Nottingham in England is producing a series of short science videos about chemical subjects.
Because of the recent, unusual amount of snow in the U.K. they have made one about snow:
Here’s the “periodic table of videos” index.
The University of Nottingham has a Periodic Table of Videos.
Hat tip to Primaklima: “Klicken statt Büffeln: Das Periodensystem.”
Wer, wie ich, chronische Schwierigkeiten mit der Chemie hatte und hat, dem kann jetzt geholfen werden. Die Universität Nottingham hat das gesamte Periodensystem verfilmt. Einfach das Element anklicken und in einem 5 Minuten Videostrip wird einem alles mitgeteilt, was man zu einem so interessanten Element wie Ununpentium immer schon mal wissen wollte.
I just learned of another nerdy holiday: Mole Day is celebrated by chemists as an analog of Avogadro’s Number, the number of molecules in a mole of matter. It’s 6.023 x 10^23, so the holiday runs approximately from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. on October 23.
A cat with jellyfish genes glows in the dark.
(more funny cat pictures)
The science-journalism tracker described predictions about who would win the chemistry prize. One chemistry professor cum science writer got it 2/3 right: Osamu Shimomura and Roger Tsien for Green Fluorescent Protein, which allows geneticists to track patterns of gene activity.
At the bottom of the article is a sad note:
And finally, DO NOT MISS NPR’s Morning Edition program today, by Dan Charles. He tracked down and interviewed the man who isolated the key jellyfish protein gene, suspected it to be a potentially powerful bio tracer, and provided samples to Chalfie and to Tsien. His science funding dried up. The man now is driving a shuttle bus for an Alabama auto dealership.
The three winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry are Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, New York City; Osamu Shimomura, a Japanese citizen who works at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; and Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego.
The reason is that Organic is like going to a different country. If you can’t speak the language, you can’t communicate…
After learning the basic language, we can talk about mechanism.
Sounds good to me!