Editor’s Selections: Floating mice, sinking Mobius rings, topsy-turvy climate change — and 50 million chemicals

Editor's Selections 4 Comments
By Dr. SkySkull

skyskull “Dr. SkySkull” selects several notable posts each week from a miscellany of ResearchBlogging.org categories. He blogs at Skulls in the Stars.

  • Next they’ll tell me that pigs can fly. You may have heard a few years back about researchers levitating frogs with powerful magnets.  But why should amphibians have all the fun?  Christie at Observations of a Nerd describes recent research into the levitation of mice — and apparently the mice enjoyed it!
  • When a Mobius ring is dropped into a fluid. Mobius rings, one-sided strips, have been objects of fascination for years.  Arunn at Unruled Notebook looks at research which studies the unusual behavior of such rings when allowed to sink in water.
  • Cutting through the haze: Nailing down the role of aerosols in climate change. Most people are aware that climate science is a devilishly tricky subject.  James Hrynyshyn of The Island of Doubt reports on results that prove this point yet again: the rapid reduction of man-made aerosol pollutants could dramatically increase the temperature on the Earth!
  • 50 million chemicals and counting. Finally, David Bradley at sciencebase announces an unusual milestone: the Chemical Abstracts Service has logged its 50 millionth unique chemical, a mere 9 months after the 40 millionth.  But is this real progress, or an artifact of the reporting process?

Check back next Monday for more “miscellaneous” highlights!

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4 Responses to “Editor’s Selections: Floating mice, sinking Mobius rings, topsy-turvy climate change — and 50 million chemicals”

  1. David Bradley Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the mention. It does seem quite incredible that we’re discovering millions of new chemical compounds every few months, doesn’t it? Part of it is down to how they’re assimilating the structures, and presumably how whole series of related compounds are counted…

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