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December 8, 2009

What The Hey? (Abstract Abstracts, Part II)

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This one gets my Least Informative Abstract award - it crossed my RSS feed recently, and while it may be a very interesting paper, there's no way to tell from this illustration. The text below it, which shows up on the actual ACS abstract page (but not on the RSS feed) is somewhat more informative, and Zewail's name alone is enough to make me take a look at the full paper. But that illustration. . .to think that I was complaining about a bunch of colored dots and the way Nicolaou colors the inside of his aromatic rings. . .ah, those were simpler times.

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1. milkshake on December 8, 2009 6:03 PM writes...

I saw a gala lecture from Nicolaou just few weeks ago and there was only handful slides with the greek statues and colors which make eyeballs bleed. Maybe he is mellowing up

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2. InfMP on December 8, 2009 6:12 PM writes...

What is the easist way to see Nicolaou live?
I am no longer in Academia.
does he go to ACS conferences?
I have to do it before he retires.
I assume he is not as active in travelling as baran in his older age.

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3. Hap on December 8, 2009 6:42 PM writes...

I saw him at ACS in DC in 2005. I stopped trying to take notes after, like, the second slide, and his colors were sort of annoying, but his groups' work was neat (I don't remember the names, but he was making polycyclic natural products based on lots of inter/intramolecular cyclizations of aromatic/cyclic multicarbonyl compounds.) I would still figure he's giving ACS talks, as well as maybe the big organic symposium every two years. I don't know if he still teaches at UCSD, but if he is, maybe you could sneak into a lecture there?

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4. Tot. Syn. on December 9, 2009 3:45 AM writes...

How about an award for simply the most insane abstract image:

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5. Fungus on December 9, 2009 9:03 AM writes...

[4] Suddenly the Nanoputians don't seem so bad.

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6. Sili on December 9, 2009 9:41 AM writes...

Personally, I have to approve of the manga chemistry. Makes me think I should try to make good with my artistic friends, if I ever publish again.

The trefoil propellers are beyond me, though.

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8. anon on December 9, 2009 4:02 PM writes...

someone is into boating thats all, how many propellers are in this abstract image....

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