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Extrapolated verification

We can guess that Wheeling’s weather the past couple of days has been fairly similar to that of Weirton, though not exactly the same. Unfortunately, since we don’t have any ac...


The gap between knowledge and practice (#AAPTsm14)

I’m at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference this week, and will be liveblogging from a few sessions. One my main interests is in how to support successful uptake ...









A crazy week for Florida storms

One of the reasons I moved to Florida in 1999 was to enjoy the lightning storms. I was living in the mid-Atlantic and had gotten into chasing storms in Tornado Alley two years earlier. I ...






The West Virginia Shield is in full effect

The moderate risk for severe weather that I noted yesterday was downgraded to a slight risk this morning, though there are still a few reports of significant severe weather, namely enormo...


Baked potatoes

In case you were wondering, yes, every Idaho related story requires a potato pun. This time, the verification for Pocatello just made it too easy. Temperatures climbed all the way to 90 o...



Peganumine A

Hui-Ming Hua and co-workers from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University have reported in Organic Letters on the isolation of peganumine A, which had an IC50 value of 5.8 μM against HL-60 cell...



Rearrange to more complexity

Paul Hergenrother and co-workers from UIUC have reported in ACIE on an interesting rearrangement to form fenestrane ring systems. ACIE paper


Electrocyclic ring opening to ketonitrones

Masahiro Terada and co-workers from Tohoku University have reported in Organic Letters on a copper-catalyzed rearrangement to form alpha,beta-unsaturated ketonitrones. OL paper


Aryl halide couplings with Sp3-carbons

Gary Molander and colleagues reported in Science on a photoredox nickel dual catalysis for a cross coupling reaction between an sp3-hybridized organoboron and an aryl halide. Science pape...


C-O bond cleavage with Ir

Alan Goldman and co-workers from Rutgers have reported in ACIE on an iridium pincer complex catalyzed C-O bond cleavage. ACIE paper


Bislactone desymmetrization

Jieping Zhu and co-workers have reported in ACIE on the synthesis of rhazinilam and leucomidine B. ACIE paper


Aluminum porphyrin

George O’Doherty and co-workers from Northeastern University have reported in JACS on an aluminum catalyzed beta-lactone synthesis from epoxides. JACS paper