The Fingerprints Of God

I found the premise of Barbara Bradley Hagerty's new book "Fingerprints of God" quite intriguing...

Crowds, Solubility And The Future Of Organic Chemistry

This week I participated in a Social Media Day at NIST. During my talk I provided an overview of...

Crowds, Solubility And The Future Of Organic Chemistry

This week I participated in a Social Media Day at NIST. During my talk I provided an overview of...

Are There Facts In Experimental Sciences?

I recently attended an NSF workshop on eChemistry: New Models for Scholarly Communication in Chemistry...

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Jean-Claude Bradley is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the E-Learning Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Heather Piwowar has collected an impressive set of notes on Open Notebook Science. From her blog post:
In anticipation of the ISMB BoF session on Open Notebook Science (ONS),I’m trying to come up to speed on ONS discourse. In between ISMBsessions, I’ve started consolidating snippets of blogposts and articles discussing ONS into a single document (in the open here).
This post provides an update of our CombiUgi project. From a larger perspective I think that this can be useful to people interested in how collaborative Open Science actually works. For those who have not been following the progress of the CombiUgi project on our mailing list, here is a brief update. The basic idea is to generate libraries of compounds that can be made quickly in the lab. The compounds in these virtual libraries are then prioritized according to potential usefulness (anti-malaria, anti-tumor, etc.).
As I've recently commented, there has been media interest in the use of the virtual online world Second Life for chemistry. We also recently demonstrated on Drexel Island that it was possible to visualize molecular docking using the molecular rezzer developed by Andrew Lang. Nature Island also hosts several common molecules, including buckyballs.
Sarah Everts from Chemical and Engineering News has just published an article about chemistry activities in Second Life. Drexel Island got a mention:

My avatar was then deposited at a place in Second Life called Orientation Island. As I walked my avatar into a geodesic information dome, I happened to notice the "Fly" button. Intrigued, I wasted no time pressing it—and I shot up into the air, hitting the ceiling of the information dome like a clumsy goth-bird.

Rich Apodaca wrote about using his InChIMatic service to track molecules in UsefulChem. Because we use InChIs in blog posts and HTML pages generated automatically from the molecules blog, doing an InChI search in Google is a pretty good way to find molecules of interest to UsefulChem.
Following up on my initial comments, my first two posts in Nature Precedings have appeared. Most people have been posting Powerpoint presentations so I started there with a recent presentation at the American Chemical Society about Open Notebook Science. Open Notebook Science Using Blogs and Wikis (doi:10.1038/npre.2007.39.1) Next, I posted an update on the CombiUgi project by basically combining two blog posts (one and