Episode 55: Anniversary

Catalyst that MIT researchers discovered in 2008 which creates carbon-free electricity.

This week’s photo is by Don White, courtesy of MIT. The image depicts the new catalyst that MIT researchers discovered this year which creates carbon-free electricity.

We are marking the one year anniversary of Distillations this week! To celebrate we’re looking back at the year 2008 and its noteworthy occasions. First we learn about boron, whose 200th birthday was this year. Next up is the Nobel Prize. This year’s Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three men who discovered the green fluorescent protein. And finally we find out what you, our listeners, thought was the most important chemical moment of the 2008, according to our survey. Element of the Week: Boron.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:07 Element of the Week: Boron
03:20 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
06:49 The Most Significant Chemical Moment of 2008
10:20 Closing Credits

Resources and References

Check out this Chemical Explorers video, all about your top pick for most important chemical moment of 2008.
For more information on boron, see the Los Alamos National Labs web site.
Also of interest is this January 2008 article in the New Scientist about boron nanotubes.
If you want to learn more about the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, or any other Nobel Prize, visit the Nobel Prize web site.


Special thanks go to Eleanor Goldberg and Chi Chan for researching the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is “Happy Birthday,” by Craymo and ”Green,” by Ambient Light.

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