In the meantime, Quintus has been blogging up a storm.
I found this photo by Vittorio to be deeply disturbing: "When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back into you."
This article by Frances Hocutt on her experiences in graduate school in chemistry is worth reading and thinking about; I am glad she wrote it.
Also, for your listening pleasure (?), Professor Paula Stephan (author of the book "How Economics Shapes Science") is on YouTube, presenting a lecture from her book. (It was filmed at an institute in France, which is fun.) Towards the end of her talk, she suggests rebalancing US R&D funding away from the health sciences towards the physical sciences. Yes!
An article that I wrote for Chemistry World has been published, incidentally. The illustration is fun, though I'm usually wearing safety glasses and carrying a much more quizzical look.