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Periodic #tbt

Today’s not Thursday, this wasn’t posted on a Thursday, but maybe the textbook was published on a Thursday? The periodic table from 1933.

periodic table


Critique of Journal RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are how I skim journals and stay up to date. Some journals do RSS feeds better than others.

Here’s an example from Thin Solid Films, from Elsevier.
Title, Journal Title, Authors (just initials, ugh)
Terrible. Admittedly some Elsevier journals don’t have TOC images, like this one, and the ones that do, do show them in the RSS, but all journals should have them.

RSS Elsevier

Science, from AAAS:
Article Type, Title, First Author, One Sentence Summary, Authors
A one sentence summary is better than nothing, but why not the full abstract?

RSS Science

Journal of Materials Science, from Springer:
Title, Abstract
No authors, really?

RSS Springer

IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, from IEEE:
Title, Abstract
Same as Springer, c’mon!


Nature, from Nature Publishing Group:
Title, First Author, Title, Journal Title, DOI, Authors, Abstract
Some redundancy, no image, but at least the abstract, acceptable.

RSS Nature

Langmuir, an ACS journal:
Title, Authors, TOC image, Journal Title, DOI.
Not bad.


Journal of Materials Chemistry A, from RSC:
Title, First Author, Journal Title, DOI, Authors, Abstract, TOC image, Citing Information, Copyright Information
Good, but definitely some extraneous information/text.


Advanced Materials, from Wiley:
Title, Authors, Abstract, TOC image.

RSS Wiley

So you can tell that I’m a chemist/materials scientist, and don’t have any physics or bio journals, but I think I have a pretty broad range of publishers here. Who did it best? I listed them from worst to best, so definitely Wiley does RSS best. The only other thing I would like to see (that nobody does that I’ve seen) is the institution with the author names.

RSS editorial boardAnother rant; things which are unnecessary to show in your RSS feeds:

Table of contents: That’s what this whole feed is, you don’t need it all listed separately. Especially if you don’t actually list the contents in RSS clip itself (which nobody does).
Editorial board: I understand they do a lot of work, good for them, but just a link to your editorial board without even listing them in the RSS clip? Not helping anyone.
Cover images: Great, no problem with having these in the feed, but don’t link to a page which is just the cover image, link to the actual article it’s about.

Would be great if I could get publishers to read this and change their ways…

Level 5!

level 5

Lab does the Virgin Pulse program, where we wear pedometers and track activity, etc. You get points for activity, and the more you level up, the more money they give you in an HSA. I got to level 5 and maxed it for the year. Yeah!


Yogurt Chemistry

Supercapacitors from food, nice and green, definitely safer than the other way around.

yogurt abstract

Some highlights:

The yogurt forming process is mediated by the bacteria, and hence this precursor has high nitrogen content which can get doped into carbon upon controlled precursor pyrolysis.

Yogurt, a novel precursor and an easily scalable and manufacturable food item, can yield high quality heavily nitrogen doped porous carbon with excellent supercapacitor properties.

For our experiments yogurt and milk of best quality supplied by renowned Indian diary cooperative, named Amul-Masti and Amul-Taaza, respectively, were purchased.

yogurt SEM

I’m just disappointed there was no awesome TOC image.

[J. Mater. Chem. A]

Chemists Know

via Chemjobber

LinkedIn is mean

mean linked in


When someone is a grad student, this is mean. 6 years is fine, but it’s at the point you probably don’t want congratulations on still being there. If this number gets to 7 or 8, that’s when I murder anyone who says “congrats”.

25 Reasons I’m Getting Cancer

cancerReally the 10 reasons I’m getting cancer, and the 15 reasons I’m probably getting cancer.

Chemjobber alerted me that Department of Health and Human Services released their 13th Report on Carcinogens. Some of this is just normal life exposure (Alcoholic Beverage Consumption, Tobacco Smoke, Environmental), but a lot of this is just because I’m a synthetic chemist. Sure I take reasonable safety precautions, but my exposure to bad things is higher than lots of people.

Known To Be Human Carcinogens:

Alcoholic Beverage Consumption
Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds
Cadmium and Cadmium Compounds
Ethylene Oxide
Nickel Compounds (see Nickel Compounds and Metallic Nickel)
Solar Radiation (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Strong Inorganic Acid Mists Containing Sulfuric Acid
Tobacco Smoke, Environmental (see Tobacco-Related Exposures)

Reasonably Anticipated To Be Human Carcinogens:

Lead and Lead Compounds
Propylene Oxide
Ultraviolet Radiation A (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Ultraviolet Radiation B (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)
Ultraviolet Radiation C (see Ultraviolet Radiation Related Exposures)

These last three are a bit odd considering Solar Radiation is listed in the known list, especially since Sunlamps/Sunbeds is listed in the known section as well. (Not on my list, that’s stupid.) Also, this reminds me of how awesome it is that CVS no longer sells cigarettes.

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