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#3
November 1999

David Bradley Science Writer and
Advanced Chemistry Development are proud to present the third issue of Reactive Reports, a new web-based Chemistry Magazine.

 

Reactive Reports from David Bradley Science Writer and Advanced Chemistry Development

   
A glowing report on phosphorus Making stable compounds containing only phosphorus has been possible only on the computer screen until now, Helmut Schwarz and his colleagues at The Technical University of Berlin decided that it was about time there was something approaching a 'buckyball', or even a sulphur ring, for phosphorus chemists and set about aiming towards that goal.

   
Diabetes get its metal Weizmann Institute scientists are working on a viable alternative to insulin based on vanadium, which could help alleviate the suffering of type II diabetic patients.

   
Sounding off on plastic An acoustic guitar made from a synthetic polymer rather than wood has been built in the UK by Loughborough University PhD designer Owain Pedgley and well-known luthier Rob Armstrong.

The sweet smell of failure If there's a strong smell in the air when you miss that golfing shot or fail an exam, the next time you catch the same scent you could fail again, according to researchers in Philadelphia.

   
Landmark chemistry Meanwhile, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society are to establish 'international chemical landmark' for the discovery and development of penicillin, one of the most famous molecules of the twentieth century.

Web Distillates

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   The Catalyst: Chemistry Resources for Teachers

Periodic Features

Antony Williams (ACD/Labs):
The Requirement for a Spectroscopy Management and Laboratory Information Management System
One of the major directives of corporate Research and Development management is to track and manage data and information. Analytical laboratories provide measurement information , analytical support and solve problems and during this effort they process many samples and requests and produces large numbers of test results and reports. In an attempt to increase efficiency, many analytical laboratories have computerized their logbooks, focusing their efforts on tracking jobs, samples, tests, and results. With this information accessible via a computer, it has become possible to provide functions such as management of test results, archival, calculation, comparison to specifications and control charting. In those cases when the analytical measurements have given rise to properties and associated molecular structures the information is also readily available for reference and modeling especially for QSAR applications. Continue...