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This Week on GlobCasino: Happy #chemvalentine Day!

Your #chemvalentine tweet of the week:

It’s been a pretty quiet, snow-filled week at the network:

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Watch Glass: Valentine’s Day Potpourri and tissue-engineered Olympic rings and Olympic Science

This Week On GlobCasino: Montana, Tesoro, Sputnik and more

Tweet of the week, in honor of today’s “The LEGO Movie” release:

And before we head to the network highlights, a piece of administrative news. I’ll be solo overlording from now on. Esteemed co-overlord Carmen Drahl is stepping down to tackle some other projects for C&EN. Good stuff is on the way, my friends, though Carmen will be missed around these bloggy parts.

Now, to the network:

Cleantech Chemistry: Rivertop Makes Montana a Magnet

Grand CENtral: Not Part of Generation Sputnik? What’s Your Chemistry Set?

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Safety Zone: Tesoro refinery fire caused by weakened steel

The Watch Glass: Formulations for Fighting Abuse

Finally, our newest tumblr is up! Follow C&EN’s Chemistry in Pictures for a dose of cool chemistry images.

Not Part of Generation Sputnik? What’s Your Chemistry Set?

C&EN’s managing editor, Robin Giroux, sent around the following email to the staff (shared with her permission):


If you were drawn to science/chemistry when you were young, and you’re not one of the Sputnik generation (like I am), what was that intrigued you? What drew you in?

For my generation, the response is a resounding, “I had a chemistry set.” (And if you don’t believe me, read just the Feb. 10 ACS National Award vignettes!)

That made me wonder, was there a “chemistry set” for younger generations? If so, what?

So I’m asking the question of you – and feel free to ask others outside of C&EN – but I need to hear from you by next Tuesday (Feb. 11).

And tell me, if you will, how old you are, you can use “–ish”. (I won’t share, I won’t laugh, but I may be amazed :))


So I’m asking others outside of C&EN – what intrigued you and drew you into chemistry? Share in the comments below or send a note to Robin at r_giroux at acs.org.

For me (Yes, yes — I know I’m not a proper chemist, but I’ll still share), it was the hands-on experiments in my high school chemistry classes.

This Week on GlobCasino: chemistry sets, lab safety culture and more

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On to the network:

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and Heirloom Chemistry Set and In Print: Balloon Returns Home, Earthshaking Stadium

The Safety Zone: CSB report on Chevron refinery fire urges new regulatory approach and Assessing changes in lab safety culture and Is academic lab safety culture improving?

The Watch Glass: Toys—Growing Outlet for Plastics and Flu Fighters and Chemistry Sets (1970) and Antifreeze Proteins Help Snow Fleas Get Through Winter

This Week on GlobCasino: World Cell Race, #chemsafety galore, and more

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To the network:

Cleantech Chemistry: Genomatica Partners up the Slope of Enlightenment and Big Companies Binging on Microbes

Newscripts: In Print: Mushroom Wrapping And Sound Zapping and Amusing News Aliquots and Aaaaaand They’re Off: The 2013 World Cell Race Results. And congratulations to Lauren for landing a spot in Nature Chemistry’s Top 10 Chemistry Blog Posts of 2013!

The Safety Zone: Unforgettable reagent moments and Lab safety is critical in high school, too and The University of Minnesota shows off its safety culture

The Watch Glass: Phosphonitrilic Chemistry and Strip Mines and Biochemical Studies of Aging and Crayons

This Week on GlobCasino: solar news, ionic liquid hazards, and more

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On to the network:

Cleantech Chemistry: Easy Holiday Shopping for Positive Solar News

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and In Print: #ButtScan And Bulletproof Suits

The Safety Zone: Beware drying nitrate-containing protic ionic liquids

The Watch Glass: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Eating Safely in a Dirty World and Optical Fibers and AIDS Research and Bouncy Tank and “Mini-Q” spectrometer

This Week on GlobCasino: #CPhI, a heated swimsuit, and more

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To the network:

Cleantech Chemistry: Gates Invests In KiOR, Elevance Coming to U.S.

Fine Line: CPhI Day Four: Clean-up and CPhI Day Three: All the King’s Horses? and CPhI Day Two: Complexity Prevails and CPhI Day One: Theme Time

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Safety Zone: New OSHA tools for controlling chemical exposure

The Watch Glass: Frog Eggs and Preserving the Past and Heated Swimsuit and Agent Orange’s Legacy and Man, Space, and Life Support Systems

This Week on GlobCasino: #standingwithDNLee, vitamins and aliquots

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To the network:

Grand CENtral: Guest Post: “Perception is Power: How the Supplement Industry Bought Deregulation” by Tien Nguyen

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

Terra Sigillata: A View on Scientific American Blogs and Censorship of Dr. Danielle Lee

The Watch Glass: Shared Values of Science, Religion and Garvan Medal to Agnes Morgan and Man vs. Bacteria and Federal R&D Spending (1974) and Solving Crystal Structures