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By Daniel Winson

Losing digital research data when travelling is much more than an inconvenience. There are many compelling reasons to protect your data.

The importance of protecting research data from cyberattacks cannot be overstated. Ethical obligations, organisational policy and privacy laws all compel researchers to take this issue seriously. Also, researchers should be motivated by self-interest to avoid the hassle that comes with losing research data and the exposure that comes with research data falling into the wrong hands.

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2017 Science Nobel prizes

By Nobel Media

Circadian rhythm and gravitational waves

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne ‘for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves’.

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

By Jessica Pandohee

67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Situated about 200 kilometres south-west of Munich, the city of Lindau on Lake Constance borders Austria’s and Switzerland’s mountains. Lindau is the place where the concept of the Nobel Laureate Meeting began. With a vision to reconnect German scientists to researchers around the globe, two Lindau physicians, Franz Jarl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade, and Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg organised the first Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 1951. Over the past 67 years the meeting has thrived to educate, inspire and connect more than 32 000 young researchers.

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Fighting fire with chemistry

After a dry winter, much of Australia’s east coast is likely to be on high alert this bushfire season. An understanding of the science of fire informs both fire alert and firefighting systems.

Thinner is better

The electrocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction has drawn considerable interest because of its potential for the sustainable storage of intermittent, renewable wind and solar energy in the form of value-added fuels and chemicals. But this reaction suffers from the drawbacks of poor product selectivity, energy efficiency and catalyst durability, calling for significant advances in the development of effective catalysts. Recently, two-dimensional (2D) engineering of materials has emerged as an effective approach to enhance catalytic activity that is essentially absent or considerably inferior in the bulk forms of the materials.

Gordon Wallace named 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year

Professor Gordon Wallace FRACI CChem, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong, has been named 2017 New South Wales Scientist of the Year. Wallace is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of electromaterials science for his innovative use of nanotechnology in conjunction with organic conductors to create new materials for energy conversion and storage, as well as medical bionics.

Printing with concrete: how I spent my summer vacation

Since they came out a few years ago, the capabilities of commercially available 3D printers have radically expanded. At first, they could only print little things out of plastic, but now people have begun to print working cars and even bridges. People are actively experimenting with how to print with more materials like metals, and, more recently, concrete.

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By Mary Garson

Preparations for the centenary of IUPAC in 2019 are already under way, reports Mary Garson.

The RACI’s centenary this year is a milestone – a unique opportunity to recognise what RACI has accomplished and to acknowledge its ongoing role and responsibility in the future of chemistry, both nationally and internationally.

In 2019, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) will likewise celebrate 100 years.

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Google Doodle honours Australia’s Nobel Prize-winner in Chemistry

By University of Sydney

Cornforth tribute

Australia’s only Nobel Prize-winner in Chemistry, Sir John Cornforth, died four years ago, the year after his wife Rita, also a University of Sydney chemistry alumnus, passed away – and to mark what would have been his 100th birthday, Google created a ‘Doodle’.

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The editors’ experiences (part 1): (lack of) author ethics in journal publishing

By George Koutsantonis and John D. Wade

Australian Journal of Chemistry

  • After more than 18 months in the role of editors-in-chief of Australian Journal of Chemistry and handling a large number of submissions, we have been periodically both startled and bemused by fortunately rare examples of poor behaviour on the part of authors. The pressure to publish in a Western journal of established international repute remains very high for many scientists, but particularly for those hailing from countries where research funding and defined career paths remain difficult. This has led to recourse by some authors to dubious or unethical means to have their submissions accepted and CVs correspondingly enhanced.

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Chemical companies fail to comply with EU regulations

Chemical companies are required to document that their chemicals are safe but the majority withhold or submit incomplete information to the European authorities, allowing dangerous substances to stay on the market.

Out, damned purple spot!

What’s under that purple spot? Italian researchers working in the Secret Vatican Archive had been struggling to read a five-metre long parchment written in 1244 because it’s covered in purple spots. Sparing ancient documents from the ravages of time is a difficult process, and while they are now kept in rooms with carefully controlled environmental conditions, many have already been attacked by water, air and even microbial life for centuries.

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