Letters from our readers – Page 8

  • Opinion

    Remediate with carbonate

    2012-08-28T00:00:00Z

    An option for destroying stockpiles of chemical weapons seems to have been overlooked

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    Rings of truth

    2012-08-01T00:00:00Z

    Olympicene isn't the only molecule capable of Olympic feats

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    Fracking lacking concerns

    2012-06-01T00:00:00Z

    Fracking coverage must acknowledge the potential environmental impact

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    Open access overture

    2012-06-01T00:00:00Z

    It's not just academics who are interested

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    In defence of salt

    2012-06-01T00:00:00Z

    It's the dose that makes the poison

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    Seeing the light

    2012-05-01T00:00:00Z

    If big pharma won't bring photodynamic therapy to market, somebody should

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    Truth about science

    2012-05-01T00:00:00Z

    Poor quality research and a lack of scientific rigour are more harmful to science than misconduct

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    The unusual suspects

    2012-05-01T00:00:00Z

    There are more elements in pharma than are dreamt of in Derek Lowe's philosophy

  • Opinion

    Letters: May 2012

    2012-04-27T09:12:00Z

    The article ’Making Light Work’ (Chemistry World, April 2012, p52) coincided with an alarming Daily Telegraph article relating the near-catastrophic increase in antibiotic resistance due to misuse by the NHS and in agriculture. It seems that big pharma is no longer interested in infection control for two reasons: Any ...

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    Grant clarity

    2012-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Applicants do not help their proposals by the apparently careless way in which they sometimes present their applications

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    Letters: April 2012

    2012-03-28T10:56:00Z

    As an affiliate member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC’s) peer review college, I would like to comment on the article about NERC’s intention to reduce the number of uncompetitive proposals submitted for funding (Chemistry World, March 2012, p17). For several years, I have helped in ...

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    Letters: March 2012

    2012-02-24T08:38:00Z

    The article ’Silver soils’ (Chemistry World, February 2012, p36) highlights some interesting recent events relating to the environmental impact of silver residues. While a wealth of evidence exists to show that silver ions are toxic to lower organisms, there is less evidence that nanocrystalline or other forms of silver present ...

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    Letters: February 2012

    2012-01-27T10:57:00Z

    In his comment article, David Fox (Chemistry World, January 2012, p42) highlights the importance of having access to a well-curated repository of small molecules for drug discovery (and chemical genomics), but he feels that it is important to ’combine a well-validated target with a means of intervention that minimises attrition ...

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    Letters: January 2012

    2011-12-22T11:16:00Z

    Why is Chemistry World so shy about showing the language of chemistry on its pages? We do after all possess, along with music, one of the most efficient notations ever invented. So, in the latest edition I was very interested to see an article on marine adhesives (Chemistry World, Dec ...

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    Letters: December 2011

    2011-11-29T08:39:00Z

    Metals and metalloid elements in the environment have a major impact on human, animal and plant life as seen in the recent Hungarian red mud catastrophe. Some elements like calcium, iron, zinc etc serve as essential nutrients without which life fails to thrive, whereas lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, antimony and ...

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    Letters: November 2011

    2011-10-28T08:59:00Z

    The presenter of the BBC Horizon programme which dealt with the safety of nuclear installations broadcast on 14 September was careful to avoid commitment but clearly implied that, based on the concept of tolerability of risk, the nuclear energy industry is as safe as any other of equal size ...

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    Letters: October 2011

    2011-09-29T14:43:00Z

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has recently announced worrying new policies, which many scientists believe will ’sound the death knell for fundamental scientific research in the UK’. One of the first two to be arbitrarily targeted with reduced funding is synthetic organic chemistry, a subject that is ...

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    Letters: September 2011

    2011-08-30T09:49:00Z

    In his Last retort article on chemical words (Chemistry World, June 2011, p72), David Jones comments that the chemical name of DDT is the only one he knows of which fits perfectly into a poem. Paul Ehrlich’s anti-syphilis drug Salvarsan has also been set to poetry. The following limerick ...

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    Letters: August 2011

    2011-07-29T08:52:00Z

    I read with interest and some trepidation your recent article on UK copyright laws (Chemistry World, July 2011, p11). The Digital Opportunity report mentioned in the article recommends that the UK Government introduces an exception to its copyright law to allow text and data mining of copyright works for non-commercial ...

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    Letters: July 2011

    2011-06-30T11:49:00Z

    Many models of chemical bonding have been proposed over the past century and a half. The one clear concept that comes from all of these is the importance of the chemical bond, a localised interaction between two neighbouring atoms, but as Philip Ball pointed out (Chemistry World, March 2011, p33), ...