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Scientists Wed Jun 20 2018 10:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Also enjoying the fishes and seeing the Sights. Soon: wallaby time!
I first read "I've been to the Mountaintop" I was at university reading famous speeches from around the world. I remember reading it, picking it apart and seeing the tropes and when listening to it hearing where the words were enunciated and clear. I
I thought I’d pass along one of my favorite tips: I have several of these BelkinConserve Switch power strips in lab. I use them to turn on a scope and all its peripherals with a flip of one single switch! You can set one switch to power mul
But it looks so innocuous!Credit: Reddit user why_da_herrroooVia Twitter, this funny/scary Reddit post from a year ago, where someone posted a picture of this object on the right, and it was found to be a Japanese hydrogen cyanide grenade fr
Bit of self promotion here: I’ve got a piece in today’sBoston Globe, on one of the hidden consequences of failing to deal with the antibiotic crisis. In it, I focus on the use of antibiotics as prophylactics in surgery. Nowadays,
Figure 1: An accurate summary of my life at home.  Featuring a rug, a faded couch, an elaborate train track, and a magnetic-tile edifice with Pokmon figurines inside.  Also, many books.  There's a delicate balance between w
Credit: David KochmanOther potential warnings for a bottle of 2-mercaptoethanol:1. DOESN'T SMELL GOOD2. NOT A GOOD HAND LOTION3. DO NOT ADD TO CHEESE DIP(picture by David Kochman) 
I have a pair of bright orange shoes, which bring me joy because they are bright and I love bright colors:I wear them with my carefully cultivated work-persona clothes, which I choose to meet three criteria: available for cheap; will prevent injury i
I had quite the start of the new year. A couple of day, well to be honest weeks, of vacations and trips. I didn't realise that some stuff has been draining me. It took going to the Hockey Town of the World to realize that I really needed to get away
So I read the latest over at Talking Points Memo on the slow-rolling Republican “moderate” cave on the tax bill to Trump and the GOP’s I Got Mine/Tongue-Bath-A-Billionaire Caucus. That led me to a Twitter rant born of de
Technical Instruments loaned me a Photometrics Prime95B back-thinned CMOS camera. I had demoed this camera before, but I was able to put it on our scope this time. Our spinning disk confocal has two camera ports, so I installed a tube lens that made
Credit: @christine_m_leVia Twitter user @christine_m_le: "Cant get enough of these epic sunsets at @UCB_Chemistry."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemj
Gentle readers, you will perhaps remember that I suffer from periodic boredom.  There is, naturally, plenty to do, but it is mainly made of things that are.... less interesting.  Granola making, eternal laundry, and so on. 
There are a few specific phrases that turn my insides to molten lava. The ones that make me see red in front of my eyes in a few short seconds. With age I have sorted out many of these triggers, but it's not surprising that I forget a few. It is good
It’s this master of the American song’s 71st today. Meant to post earlier, but Prine’s good for a couple of lullabyes too. I’ve seen him live only once, decades ago. A great time then. His music has only grown
I bought a $500 camera from Point Grey that has the SonyIMX249 chip. It is a fairly large field of view with intermediate sized pixels (5.86 um), so it has a great dynamic range. The great thing is that it has low dark/readnoiseof 7-14 electrons per
Beverly National Cemetery (Beverly, NJ)credit: VA.govToday is Memorial Day in the United States; it's a national holiday.Back tomorrow.
"The night is fine," the Walrus said."Do you admire the view?"It was so kind of you to come!And you are very nice!"Dearest Readers, the time has come for me to write at another place; specifically, a place where I can be certain that my relatives and
If you read this blog, or come here by the way of twitter, there's a chance you've picked up that I am somewhat interested in hockey. I had an opportunity this last weekend to go to Nashville to hang out in the "the other city" where the Stanley Cup
Here’s a welcome respite from the ongoing hellscape of GOP-dominated America: Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticip
(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.)
Someone I know here had some major surgery a few weeks ago.  Her family is far away; her spouse had to go on a trip that couldn't be moved.  So I brought them dinner yesterday.They just got new license plates:  I have regre
One of the things my late professor from graduate school taught me was to always be happy and grateful for every publication you get. Of course, you are more happy about your First author publications, BUT it's important to be happy about the publica
David Anderson’s post at Balloon-Juice got me thinking on single payer vs. universal coverage — I’m with David (and Elie). Don’t care how we get to health care for all Americans, as long as we get there. So her
Credit: @HartwigGroupVia Twitter, from the Hartwig Group: "#WestCoastBestCoast I never get sick of this view #viewfrommyhood Ok fine, actually view from the balcony."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for
This image (from here) floated through my life a few weeks ago:Aaaannd I suddenly realized exactly what's wrong with my job.  I'm good at it, I'm paid for it, and probably the world needs someone to teach intro und
Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It's always been an important day but maybe never as urgent to really think and act like today. The basics of the Holocaust didn't start with the extermination camps, it started years before that.
  Others have said what needs to be said about the Coward Trump and his DACA debacle. Here’s my PGO addition: 1: To reinforce a point Charles Pierce made today: DACA folks are Americans. Full stop. They may not be citizens, but the
Unusual tack for a consumer products company. Here's hoping S.C. Johnson has success with this.(TIL Fisk Johnson has a Ph.D. in physics.)
It's a little overdue - the post about 2016 ending but I was on vacation sans computer and now I'm back to business as usual....So, what can I say about 2016? It wasn't one of my shiniest years. It wasn't the worst one, two or three, but it might be
Here’s what I don’t get. Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is a rich guy. Seriously rich:on the order of a half a billion in net worth, w. a cool $70 million in 2016 earnings. If he wants to check out a cool eve
Credit: Julian WestBy Twitter user @pushingarrows:"California definitely has it good: here's a view from the top of the Beckman Institute."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at
…When you say sh*t like this: “As he puts on plastic gloves to serve food at NRG Stadium…President Trump turns to press and says: “My hands are too big!” Dude. Special pleading like this only makes it
Credit: abbeycjacksonBy Twitter user @abbeycjackson:"View of some of the Duke greenhouses from the lab window. I feel pretty bad for the poor succulents."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonym
I’ve been quiet for the last several days* for several reasons. I’ve been heartsick; paralyzed with rage, unable to form sentences;** and, perhaps most to the point, unable to add much, if anything to what everyone else has been s
So: some folks choked on Annie Dillard’s perhaps overly magniloquent response to her eclipse, so here’s something quite different for the more Augustan among us. For reasons not relevant to this post, I am this morning nosing arou
Credit: @slkristufekVia Twitter user slkristufek: "View from my hood:  Its a beautiful, summery, January day here at the University of Melbourne!"(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for n
This is a follow up to what I’ve been hearing from some folks about how they plan to take in the eclipse of 2017. My family’s headed out for Oregon in a couple of weeks, basing ourselves with relatives in Portland before heading a
Credit: Photographer Jasper Juinen, for BloombergI've worked in scale-up for quite a while now, but it's always still a kick to see what bulk containers of compounds (or elements) look like. Courtesy of Bloomberg Businessweek, a picture of a cobalt t
Joe Arpaio is now on his way to being an old lag, and if that conclusion is decades late, it still behoves us to get our schadenfreude on: The longest-serving lawman of the states most populous county, where he became a national figure known for immi
I think you could have won $50 of me on this one. (from the Survey of Earned Doctorates).(I wonder if people have been spending more time in postdocs? I don't think we have that data.) 
While the Russian asset in the White House pushes cops to brutalize their suspects, we have plenty of cases studies on what happens when you license f**kery by the boys folks in blue. Today’s example comes from Baltimore: Maryland prosecuto
Credit: Kevin GahanFrom blog reader Kevin Gahan: "A rare view of University College Dublin covered in snow at the end of February. Taken from the top floor of the CSCB building outside the Guiry lab."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in
One thing’s for sure: whatever fresh hell the Trump White House offers up each day, one community in our great society has to be unbelievably grateful. Scaramucci is just the latest gift to surpass understanding delivered w. a sMooch* by an
Credit: Andrew WrightVia reader Andrew Wright:"View from my hood, in the oldest lab in the oldest building at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. A wizened gum tree covers the original first year chemistry labs (right) and so
It is impossible to overstate the Republican commitment to ripping health care from millions, while taking a chainsaw to our medical system. Rand Paul has just announced that he will vote “Yes” on the Trumpcare motion to proceed a
Credit: Augustin PeneauFrom reader Augustin Peneau: "White all over the trees and roofs, a peaceful morning at Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN) in Gif-sur-Yvette (France)"(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (
Most people know of Senator John McCain’s diagnosis with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. I have just a couple of thoughts I’d like to add. First, obviously, best wishes to Senator McCain and his family. This is a very to