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How I Would Have Died: Bacterial Infection

Twice this year and a dozen times in the last four decades, I have had a reason to celebrate modern medicine and the chemistry behind it. So I am starting a new series of blog posts explaining how I would have died if I had the same injury 100 years ago. I will begin with my most recent brush with medical malaise: bacterial infection.

 

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Gorgeous Science Images

I am a dedicated aficionado of still photography and derive deep aesthetic pleasure from well crafted images. Thus, one of my favorite moments is each year’s release of the Nikon Small World competition for best scientific images. 

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Posted In: Education | Technology

Stressed and Burned Out?

Most people in contemporary society experience stress and burnout from time to time. Normally we recover from these periods, but how do such states affect our crucial professional and ethical behaviors?

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Ig-Nobel Prize Winner Finally Wins Real Nobel Prize!

Andre Geim is one of two Russian scientists honored with this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene. But a decade ago Geim won a more dubious prize: an Ig-Nobel for his work levitating frogs with magnets.

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Posted In: Education | History

Science Employment

Perusing the September 10 issue of Science, I noticed that the journal had somewhat more heft than usual. Further investigation revealed that the red-edged pages in the back of the issue were apparently responsible for the additional poundage.

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Posted In: Education | History

Events Every Day Next Week at CHF

CHF will host free, public events every day next week—except Monday.

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Posted In: Education | Fellows | History

Ig Nobel Simulcast Update

It’s official: the Original Miss Sweetie-Poo, Natasha Rosenberg, will be speaking here at CHF just before our simulcast of the 2010 Ig Nobel ceremony.

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Posted In: Education

Science on Tap Returns on Monday!

Drink a beer and learn more about Beauvais Lyons’ Association of Creative Zoology.

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First Friday: Your Dye Is Bugged—The Process and Ingredients of Dye

Today CHF’s First Friday will focus on dyes from bugs. Karen Karuza of the Philadelphia Art Institute’s Fashion Design Department will discuss her work with a Mexican red dye.

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Posted In: Education

ACS Meeting

Last week was the biannual American Chemical Society meeting in Boston. They’ve done 240 of these previously so one expects—and generally gets—a good show. 

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Posted In: Education | Technology