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Future of Chemistry

Let’s Get PracticalNature 2011. Chemistry needs an overhaul if it is to solve big problems and advance fundamental understanding, say George M. Whitesides and John Deutch.

What Lies AheadNature 2011. Ten leading chemists set priorities for the forthcoming decades, and reveal the scientists they find inspiring.

Synthesizing Our FutureNature Chemistry 2009. Chemistry has a central role in science, and synthesis has a central role in chemistry. Ryoji Noyori from Nagoya University considers where synthetic chemists should focus their efforts

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Inspirations for Young Scientists

Toward a Science of Simplicity and A Lab the Size of a Postage Stamp Watch George Whitesides on his TED talks

2010 Lindau Meeting with Nobel LaureatesNature 2010. In acknowledgement of the 60th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Nature looks at the hard work, inspiration and ultimate recognition associated with a life dedicated to scientific enquiry, and how these can be passed to the next generation.

Being Bob LangerNature 2009. Running one of the biggest academic labs in America gives Robert Langer almost 100 people to help and advise; his BlackBerry gives him the rest of the world.

On Becoming a ScientistScience 2009. Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science, offers some personal advice

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Scientific Careers

Lab Life: Scientists are SnobsScience 2013. It is a mistake to dismiss the people and projects coming out of lesser-known institutions, argues Keith Weaver ? they have strengths too.

Mobility RethoughtNature 2011. Lars H. BreimerMichael E. Breimer and Douwe D. Breimer say doing a postdoc abroad is unnecessary.

Backlash against MultitaskingNature 2010. Scientists are increasingly asked to master skills in addition to their research. This is not necessarily a good thing, says Gene Russo.

For Love and MoneyNature 2010. The self-reported contentment of researchers with their chosen profession depends on more than just salaries, according to the results of our international career survey. Gene Russo parses the data.

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Metrics – Measuring Scientific Performance

U.K. Scientific Papers Rank First in CitationsScience 2011. UK “attracts more citations per pound spent in overall research and development than any other country.” Scientific papers from Britain have the greatest impact in the world when the six most prolific nations are ranked by average number of citations.

Do Metrics Matter?Nature 2010. Many researchers believe that quantitative metrics determine who gets hired and who gets promoted at their institutions. With an exclusive poll and interviews, Nature probes to what extent metrics are really used that way.

How to Improve the Use of MetricsNature 2010. Since the invention of the science citation index in the 1960s, quantitative measuring of the performance of researchers has become ever more prevalent, controversial and influential. Six commentators tell Nature what changes might ensure that individuals are assessed more fairly.

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Research Ethics 

The Case of Yoshitaka FujiiNature 2012. 20 years of fraud including fabricated co-workers

Predatory Publishers and Plagiarism PreventionScience 2012.

Honest workNature 2012. The plagiarism police deserve thanks for defending the honour of the PhD.

Coercive Citation in Academic PublishingScience 2012. Despite their shortcomings, impact factors continue to be a primary means by which academics ?quantify the quality of science?. One side effect of impact factors is the incentive they create for editors to coerce authors to add citations to their journal.

Citations and EthicsAngewandte Chemie 2012. Prof Jan Reedijk writes a brilliant essay on ?impact factor engineering?

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Think it over

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better A book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

The Invention of HeroesNature 2009. The Western public?s misapprehension that genius in science is always male and caucasian is partly a legacy of Victorian politics, says Christine MacLeod.

Balancing Belief and BioscienceNature 2009. Can religious belief really be reconciled with a life in science? Gene Russo contemplates the contradictions.

The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific ResearchJournal of Cell Science 2008

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Doing a PhD

PhDs leave the ivory towerNature 2012. UK doctoral training centres prepare students to run a lab ? or work outside academia.

The PhD FactoryNature 2011. The world is producing more PhDs than ever before. Is it time to stop?

Rethinking PhDsNature 2011. Fix it, overhaul it or skip it completely ? institutions and individuals are taking innovative approaches to postgraduate science training.

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Sustainable Future

Renewable Energies: Wind, Solar, BiomassChemViews 2012. Renewables supplied over 16 % of global final energy consumption in 2010, and supply almost 20 % of global electricity.

How Wind Turbines WorkChemViews 2012. Since 1980, the diameter of the rotors of wind turbines has doubled each decade, and therefore increased the turbine height. Each generation of turbines was predicted to be the biggest, but turbines keep growing in an effort to capture the stronger winds accessible at higher elevations, and improve performance. New materials have made this possible.

Biofuels ComparedChemViews 2012. Global biofuel production grew from 16 billion litres in 2000 to more than 100 billion litres in 2010. Today, biofuels provide around 3 % of total road transport fuel globally and considerably higher shares are achieved in certain countries. Brazil, for instance, met about 19 % of its road transport fuel demand in 2010 with biofuels. But not all biofuels are created equal …

Greenhouse Gas EmissionsChemViews 2012. CO2 emissions related to energy demand has increased by ca. 47% in the last 20 years.

Hybrid CarsChemViews 2011. Mass produced hybrids have come a long way since 2001 when the Prius was first launched in Japan. They account for just over 1 % of the global market share, while Japan and the US represent 84 % of the global hybrid market share.

 

Miscellaneous 

Teaching Creative Science ThinkingScience 2011. Students’ creative insights can be nurtured by promoting peer-peer learning and increasing associative thinking.

Places of Production of the ElementsChemViews 2011. From iron, which is produced by China on a 900 million metric ton-scale, to rhodium, which has an annual production from Chile totaling 25 metric tons, the elements are produced either by the mining and refinement of ores or by extraction from brine pools ? as in the case of bromine which Israel produces from the Dead Sea (165,000 metric tons).

Accidents in WaitingNature 2011. Every researcher and institution should question their own attitudes to safety in the lab after the death of an undergraduate student in a Yale University workshop.

Home sweet homepageNature Chemistry 2010. The importance of an up to date and easy to find website should not be underestimated by scientists looking to establish links to others in their community ? and represents good value for relatively little effort.

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Future of Chemistry

The Future of Publishing, Nature 2013. A series of articles and comments about future of publishing, open access and more. Let’s Get Practical, Nature 2011. Chemistry needs an overhaul if it is to solve big problems and advance fundamental understanding, say George M. Whitesides and John Deutch. What Lies Ahead, Nature 2011. Ten leading chemists set priorities for the forthcoming decades, and reveal the …

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Inspirations for Young Scientists

Animated science, Nature 2013. Understanding how visualizations can communicate research will help scientists to make the most of the technology, says Quintin Anderson Toward a Science of Simplicity and A Lab the Size of a Postage Stamp Watch George Whitesides on his TED talks 2010 Lindau Meeting with Nobel Laureates, Nature 2010. In acknowledgement of the 60th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Nature looks …

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Metrics – Measuring Scientific Performance

U.K. Scientific Papers Rank First in Citations, Science 2011. United Kingdom “attracts more citations per pound spent in overall research and development than any other country.” Scientific papers from Britain have the greatest impact in the world when the six most prolific nations are ranked by average number of citations. Do Metrics Matter?, Nature 2010. Many researchers believe that quantitative metrics …

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Research Ethics

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals, The Guardian 2013. Randy Schekman (2013 Nobel laureate in Medicine) says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science, The Guardian 2013. The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just …

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Rethinking Scientific Issues

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. A book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Invention of Heroes, Nature 2009. The Western public?s misapprehension that genius in science is always male and caucasian is partly a legacy of Victorian politics, says Christine MacLeod. Balancing Belief and Bioscience, Nature 2009. Can religious belief really be reconciled with a life in science? Gene …

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Scientific Careers

Lab Life: Scientists are Snobs, Science 2013. It is a mistake to dismiss the people and projects coming out of lesser-known institutions, argues Keith Weaver ? they have strengths too. Mobility Rethought, Nature 2011. Lars H. Breimer, Michael E. Breimer and Douwe D. Breimer say doing a postdoc abroad is unnecessary. Backlash against Multitasking, Nature 2010. Scientists are increasingly asked to master skills in addition to …

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Doing a PhD

Ticket to everywhere, Nature 2013. Are PhD students also trained for industry? Mental health: Under a cloud, Nature 2012. If you are depressed because of your PhD work, you are not alone and you should get help to fight with it. PhDs leave the ivory tower, Nature 2012. UK doctoral training centres prepare students to run a lab ? or work outside academia. …

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Sustainable Future

Renewable Energies: Wind, Solar, Biomass, ChemViews 2012. Renewables supplied over 16 % of global final energy consumption in 2010, and supply almost 20 % of global electricity. How Wind Turbines Work, ChemViews 2012. Since 1980, the diameter of the rotors of wind turbines has doubled each decade, and therefore increased the turbine height. Each generation of turbines was predicted to be …

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Miscellaneous

The GMO Stalemate in Europe, Science 2013. Teaching Creative Science Thinking, Science 2011. Students? creative insights can be nurtured by promoting peer-peer learning and increasing associative thinking. Places of Production of the Elements, ChemViews 2011. From iron, which is produced by China on a 900 million metric ton-scale, to rhodium, which has an annual production from Chile totaling 25 metric tons, the elements …

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