- Good cover story by Lisa Jarvis and others on life in the bustling life sciences metropolis that is Boston.
- I wanted to note Susan Ainsworth's really good, really thorough article on job seekers in Boston.
- Also, Lisa Jarvis covers the diaspora that happened when Cubist was bought and closed by Merck.
- Looks like we'll have two candidates for ACS president-elect: Bryan Balasz and Allison Campbell. (article by Sophie Rovner)
- Sarah Webb has a conversation with Martin Burke about his new robotic synthesizer.
- Burke likes to use the word "bottleneck": "Until now, synthesis has represented an important bottleneck in gaining access to all of that function." I don't think that's actually true - I don't think synthesis has been a bottleneck for access to materials. It's cost of synthesis that is a barrier, or design that is the slow step.
- This piece on, among other things, the gap between US and Chinese patent numbers by editor-in-chief Bibiana Campos Seijo is.... interesting.
- I'd like to know if there's a quality/quantity divide on US/China patents. Is the numerical comparison valid? Perhaps there needs to be a financial comparison (i.e. these patents have derived this value, those patents have derived that value. Probably a difficult comparison to make.)
- I thought this piece about gaps in one's employment history was pretty good.
Monday, August 3, 2015
This week's C&EN
A few of this week's C&EN stories: