ChemDoodle 7 review for Chemistry World

My review of version 7 of potential ChemDraw-slayer ChemDoodle is online at Chemistry World, where it seems to have fallen through some sort of time vortex: Is ChemDoodle the, erm, future of chemical drawing software? Obviously you should go and read the whole thing, but spoiler: I like it.…

Twitter-bombing the Nobel announcements

Most of us aren't going to win a Nobel Prize this week, or any other week for that matter. I'm gradually coming to accept that I'll probably never top the UK Mathematical Challenge Gold Award & Best in School that I won aged 17&…

#MyPeriodicTable

Nice idea from FX Coudert on Twitter today: #MyPeriodicTable is list of elements I've worked at some point in my research. What is yours? #realtimechem pic.twitter.com/uF5BoI20B2— FX Coudert (@fxcoudert) September 9, 2014 Here's mine: Fairly typical for organic synthesis types, I would…

Area blogger publishes improbable, incoherent story

Something of a dog-bites-man headline, true. That's rarely the case at C&EN Onion, where there's a fair chance of reading about almost anything being bitten by almost anything else, up to and including an emeritus professor. Birthed from the wild, joyful abandon of #CENOnion…

A self-referencing journal cover

One for Chemically Cultured, perhaps. I notice that the cover of the current issue of Green Chemistry has something of a meta aspect to it—it's a cartoon including, amongst other things, an issue of Green Chemistry. I would have gone the whole hog and drawn1 the…

Bind me at least, or set me free

Or love me less, or love me more And play not with my liberty Either take all, or all restore Bind me at least, or set me free   —Sidney Godolphin It's hardly a secret that commercial scientific publishers are adept at gouging universities and other…