As another Friday rolls in, I find myself with too many interesting tidbits. Would you care to relieve me of them?
The good geeks at Slashdot weigh in with their vast knowledge about all things chemical to help a high school chem. teacher decide to do with his kids. For all the animosity that frequently appears between computer superusers and science, it’s quite good-natured … if a bit clueless. Still … imagine asking amature chemists what to teach in a computer class … you’d get equally hilarious answers.
An interesting post about the new opportunities in getting funding for alternative energy research. Still, with a name like ARPA, it makes me think of DARPA. With DARPA no idea is too alternative: Robotic exoskeleton battle suits, no problem! Sharks with lasers glued to their heads … well, we’ll toss that in the ‘maybe’s. Hopefully ARPA won’t be going in the same direction with ideas like this: Harness the Power of Lightning. I love Innocentive, but there are just so many problems with that idea.
This one is in honor of an old Orgo. Prof. of mine getting back in touch. It’s out of my league synthesis wise … where are the metals??? … but it’s interesting to see how the other half lives. Who couldn’t love: Crambidine though it seems to have gotten them a bit riled up. If nothing else, the sheer complexity reminds me why I go out of my way to avoid natural product synthesis.
If, like me, you need an organic refresher course, don’t miss MIT’s OpenCourseWare for Organic Chemistry.