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For several reasons, I am not being able of updating this blog as much I would like. I have been making some minor changes, for example, on the lists of recommended blogs. However, no new posts. As I have explained to those who kindly wrote to me asking what was going on, this pause is temporary. There are many things happening in the world of Chemistry in the Internet and I plan to report it here very soon.

Convert Plus

Just arrived in my Inbox: Convert Plus – Online Units Conversion. My first impression is that it seems to be a very interesting online converter. It is very comprehensive and has the benefit of converting some units and measures to somewhat exotic units systems, which is not usually found in this kind of converters.

Educational Blogs

Recently, Ponto Media has pointed to an interesting list of educational blogs: Top 20 EduBlogs (see also the comments). A Top like this is, above all, a personal selection. Probably because of that, George Siemens, author of elearnspace, has decided to update its own list of Educational and Technology blogs (again, check also the comments), building a very impressive resource on this subject. Definitively, a must visit page.

Universities Worldwide

Universities Worldwide is the title of one of the most popular posts in my other blog Quick Picks, Quick Site of the Day section. In that post I recommend two of the best Universities directories that I know – Braintrack University Index and Universities Worldwide (that gives the title to the post) and a list of Universities directories on the web, the Best Indices of Colleges and Universities World-Wide. It seems that there are a lot of people from everywhere looking for information about Universities. May be a good suggestion is to recommend also a visit to the World Universities’ Ranking on the Web. Just in case…

By the way, other recent Quick Sites of the Day include: Visionlearning, Einstein Light, Live Science, Physics Flash Animations, Science & Society Picture Library e Snowflakes and Snow Crystals. All of these are outstanding sites which deserve to be visited.

Just to finish, and in case you haven’t noticed, the most recent posts of Quick Picks now appear in this blog, on the right column.

Prizes and Something More

It is not new that the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock “for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis”. Recently, in recognition of their achievement, American Chemical Society (ACS) decided to provide free access to 101 articles published in ACS journals over the past 10 years by chemistry’s newest Nobel Laureates, namely in Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organometallics, The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters. For the papers published prior to 1996 the access to the abstract is provided.

(Almost) Related: The 2005 Ig Nobel Prizes winners are already known. One should remember that “every Ig Nobel Prize winner has done something that first makes people laugh then makes them think”. The Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a confirmation of this statement. The proud winners were Edward Cussler of the University of Minnesota and Brian Gettelfinger of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, “for conducting a careful experiment to settle the longstanding scientific question: can people swim faster in syrup or in water?” For the records, the article, named “Will Humans Swim Faster or Slower in Syrup?”, has been published on the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal.