I’ve previously mentioned TOCROFL, back when I was periodically posting about ridiculous table of contents (TOC) images.

I made a vow that when the time came for my next paper, I would try my best to convince my boss to let me aim for TOCROFL. I went so far as to make a Powerpoint, given in group meeting, explaining the urgent need to do this. Thankfully, she gave in to my whims and quest for glory.

Although I tweeted in back in November when it happened, I somehow forgot to post my achievement here:


Abstract of the Day: Deserted Graphene


Everything looks more epic with a desert horizon in the background, right? Also, excimer brought to my attention a great tumblr full of entertaining abstracts: TOCROFL. I can’t be expected to keep up with them, so supplement your Will and Beyond reading.

(Also, as sam from everyday scientist points out, if you subscribe to any ACS journals via RSS, they switched over to using Feedburner, so you’ll have to go through and resubscribe manually.  They could have at least sent out a last warning post via the feed…)

[Image: Nano Letters]

Twirly ‘neath blue sky
But where is the sand texture
Long ass graphene strain


Abstracts of the Day: Scary Molecules

How do drugs work? Well, they scare away diseases of course!
Targeting Isoprenoid Biosynthesis for Drug Discovery: Bench to Bedside


This one’s just pretty; the graph in the ocean is a nice touch.
Iron-Catalyzed Hydrogen Production from Formic Acid


[Image: ACS]
[Image: ACS]

Both of my abstracts
Have been boring so far
Next must be awesome


Baconipyrones: Disappointing

As I was going through my RSS reader I came across the following abstract:

“On the Origin of Siphonariid Polypropionates: Total Synthesis of Baconipyrone A, Baconipyrone C, and Siphonarin B via their Putative Common Precursor”


My obvious first thought was: holy shit a bacon molecule? I’m switching into total synthesis. I did some searching and the first article I could find about the baconipyrones was this: “The baconipyrones. Novel polypropionates from the pulmonate Siphonaria baconi

These have nothing to do with bacon, they’re just named after Siphonaria baconi, which Wikipedia tells me is some sort of sea snail.

But… it’s not bacon?
Disappointment of the day
I’m devastated.


Abstract of the Day: Chemistry Yin-Yang

Chemistry of Materials just published: Symbiotic Coaxial Nanocables: Facile Synthesis and an Efficient and Elegant Morphological Solution to the Lithium Storage Problem.


Symbiosis leads to the yin-yang I suppose, and that’s a cool picture of the coaxial nanocable (carbon nanotube coated with TiO2.)

Lithium storage
Yin and yang, very zen-like
Pretty cable too


Abstract of the Day: Embracing the Sandwich

Working with compounds that are called sandwich complexes must produce a giggle every now and then, and probably make you hungrier than most chemistry. When you have an absurd abstract image like this, it’s taking it to a whole new level:


How often do you get to put a bear (I think it is at least…) and a bow tie into a chemistry paper.

[Image: Inorganic Chemistry]

Sandwich complexes
Yummy transition metals
A chemical lunch


Abstract of the Day: Twice the Fun

After browsing through the journals in my RSS reader, I came across an abstract image from Inorg. Chem. that had a dinosaur in it. I assumed that it would be the winner hands-down. I mean, c’mon they overlaid a pterodactyl on their molecule!


However, Nano Letters blew me away:


I will leave it at that. Your move, CBC.

[Image: Inorganic Chemistry]
[Image: Nano Letters]

Abstract images
Fun for the whole family
And for dinosaurs


Abstract of the Day: Iguana

In many papers, the abstract image comes from one of the figures in the paper. Not always, sometimes it’s an image that summarizes many of the figures or trends from the paper.


Or you can be awesome and have an iguana that’s thinking about different aspects of magnetism.

[Image: Inorganic Chemistry]

Hmm, an iguana?
That would make a good abstract
Unrelated? Meh.