Lots of interesting things in this week's C&EN:
- Big feature on the 100th anniversary of crystallography this week, including a fun editorial by Greg Petsko: "Clearly we are still a long way from the day when all structures of all molecules will simply be calculated from first principles. But if you seriously think that day will never come, I suggest you think again." This would make a great long bet, as to when that day would come.
- As a non-biologist, I learned a lot from this Matt Davenport article on the placenta.
- Another fine chemical M&A article by Rick Mullin, this one about phosgene manufacturers. Do you think that private equity firms owning chemical manufacturers is good or bad for their subsidiaries' chemical safety? I am skeptical, but reserve judgment.
- I didn't hear about this deadly explosion in Taiwan because of a propylene leak -- I wonder what happened there (other than leaking 10 tons of propylene, that is.) (article by Jean-François Tremblay)