01 Jul 10:52

Replacing Alkyl with Oligo(ethylene glycol) as Side Chains of Conjugated Polymers for Close π–π Stacking

by Bin Meng, Haiyang Song, Xingxing Chen, Zhiyuan Xie, Jun Liu and Lixiang Wang

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00702
30 Jun 23:30

How I Fixed My Facebook Feed (And Made It Fun Again!)

by Jen
It's amazing how much we all use a website we hate, isn't it? 'Cuz let's face it: a lot of us hate - HATE - Facebook.

And yet, how else can we keep up with all our family, friends, and favorite blogs/artists/interests?

I'm still dependent on FB because I blog for a living, and even with FB censoring Page reach down to a small fraction of my followers, there's STILL no better way to reach people. Because love it or hate it, everyone is on Facebook.

Sadly I have no solutions for my fellow Page managers, since FB is determined to run us all out of business. Here's a snapshot of what I mean:

(This is for Cake Wrecks, which has 424,000 FB followers. As you can see, Facebook is charging four THOUSAND dollars for a single post to reach about 35% of those followers. Wha whaaaa?)

However, for the rest of you, I DO have one or two tricks up my sleeve. 

See, as a reader, I've finally figured out how to use Facebook to see what I want to see, in the order I want to see it. I have two lists, which I'll show you how to set up and use. The first shows me only the friends' and family updates I'm most interested in - which is less than 50 people - in chronological order.

The second list acts as a quasi-RSS feed, and is my new favorite thing. It shows me, in chronological order, all my favorite websites, artists, cosplayers, humor sites, etc. etc. It's all the good stuff on FB, with none of the bad.

Ever get Facebook fatigue? You know, where you're tired of all the ranting and vague-booking and political sniping? That's the bad stuff I'm talking about. By setting up this new feed list, though, I can surf all the happy stuff in one place. And it's awesome.

So here's how to do it:

To Make Your Friends List:

Scroll down the left side of your FB feed until you see "Friends." When you hover your mouse there, a "More" will appear beside it:

Click that.

This will open a new page:

(For the record, I have no idea how Epbot or my old high school got in here [twice], and FB won't let me remove them! THANKS FACEBOOK.)

Now click "Create List," name it something snazzy like "My Fav Peeps" or "The Gang," and add in all the friends & fam you like. I recommend keeping this list small, since that's the whole point of making a curated list. Besides, how well do you know your 8th grade boyfriend now, anyway?

Once your new list is made, it will appear under the Friends heading in your left sidebar. Find it, hover your cursor over the little gear beside it, and select "Add To Favorites:"

("Favourites?" Is FB British now?)

This will put your new list higher up on the sidebar, under your name with your other Favorites:

That's your friend list done. Fun, right? Now let's do the Pages one.

To Make Your Pages List:

This one is trickier, since FB doesn't want you to see your favorite Pages without the Pages themselves paying for the privilege. In fact, you may notice there's already a Pages feed on your sidebar:

Trouble is, that default Pages Feed is just as censored and out-of-order as your regular "top stories" news feed, so you'll end up missing the vast majority of what you want to see. (Plus there's no "Most Recent" option, so you can't rearrange it to chronological order.)

Eventually I found a solution, though. It's under "Interests" in your left sidebar. Click the word itself (even though it doesn't *look* click-able) and you'll get this:

Now click "Add Interests":

And then "Create List."

This will bring up a pop-up window filled with all the Pages you already follow:

(Do I follow more Pages than Friends? Yes, yes I do.)

Scroll through and click all the ones you want on the List, give it a name, and you're done!

[You can also use this method to make a Friends list; just click down on the left from the highlighted "Pages" to "Friends", and you'll get a window full of all your current FB friends.]

Your new Pages list will appear under Interests in the left sidebar:

As with your Friends list, hover over the gear icon & select "Add to Favorites."

Now your two new lists are conveniently located at the top of your left sidebar, under your name:

So with one click you can get right to the most important updates, or, if you're having one of those "done with humanity" days, just skip the personal updates all together and go to your Favorite Pages feed.

If you have more time to kill, of course, you can always view your news feed the way FB serves it.

Ah, but what if you only check FB on your phone? Well, good news: these lists work there, too! In the FB app, just select the "More" icon in the lower righthand corner of the screen, and it will bring up your Favorites. Easy-peasy!

Need new Pages to follow? Start with all your favorite blogs (HI!) and websites, then add your favorite Etsy sellers, artists, cosplayers, and even stores like ThinkGeek. It won't take long 'til your FB feed is just as happy and fun as mine, promise.

Oh, and speaking for the rest of my beleaguered Page managers out there, please - PLEASE - remember to like, comment, and/or share those FB posts you want to see more of. This is our livelihood, and that interaction can still help more of you see what we post.

I hope this helps you guys get a little more out of Facebook! 

Now, go purge those Friends lists. You know it's time. ;)

30 Jun 22:55


30 Jun 21:49

man-with-the-skeleton-arms: unrecht: The person you think of...



The person you think of when you stand in front of the ocean. That’s the person you’re in love with

30 Jun 19:20

Carbocatalysis: The State of “Metal-Free” Catalysis

by Chun Kiang Chua, Martin Pumera


The rise in global demand for crucial chemical compounds has driven immense research in the fundamental science of catalysis. Graphene and its derivatives (chemically modified graphene, CMGs) have recently emerged as a new class of heterogeneous catalyst that promises economically viable and greener routes to these compounds. Although CMGs possess unique catalytic properties, the actual active sites are often points of discussion. Current minimal understanding on the possible effects of metallic impurities on the electrocatalytic performances of these CMGs calls forth the need to raise awareness on possible metallic impurities misrepresenting the actual chemical catalytic performances of the CMGs. This Minireview highlights the latest advances in the application of CMGs as catalysts, with an emphasis on the possible effects of metallic impurities on CMG catalysis.

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Beyond the C: The application of chemically modified graphene materials as carbocatalysts is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the impact of trace metallic impurities on the catalytic capabilities and the validity of such proclaimed “metal-free” carbocatalysts.

30 Jun 14:55

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sleeping Beauty

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: Actually, it's more like a *dog* with leprosy.

New comic!
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02 Jul 13:09

Multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00344J, Review Article
Jian Qi, Xiaoyong Lai, Jiangyan Wang, Hongjie Tang, Hao Ren, Yu Yang, Quan Jin, Lijuan Zhang, Ranbo Yu, Guanghui Ma, Zhiguo Su, Huijun Zhao, Dan Wang
Recent advances in multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures were reviewed, and the correlation between their geometric properties and specific performance was highlighted.
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02 Jul 04:45

Cobalt Oxide Encapsulated in C2N-h2D Network Polymer as a Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution

by Javeed Mahmood, Sun-Min Jung, Seok-Jin Kim, Jungmin Park, Jung-Woo Yoo and Jong-Beom Baek

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Chemistry of Materials
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01734
02 Jul 04:02

Ambient-Temperature Ortho C–H Arylation of Benzoic Acids with Aryl Iodides with Ligand-Supported Palladium Catalyst

by Changlei Zhu, Yuanfei Zhang, Jian Kan, Huaiqing Zhao and Weiping Su

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Organic Letters
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01398
01 Jul 23:00

ultrafacts: SourceFor more facts, follow Ultrafacts



For more facts, follow Ultrafacts

01 Jul 19:05

Highly Efficient Bioinspired Molecular Ru Water Oxidation Catalysts with Negatively Charged Backbone Ligands

by Lele Duan, Lei Wang, Fusheng Li, Fei Li and Licheng Sun

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Accounts of Chemical Research
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00149
01 Jul 17:00

kittenanarchy: rainbow-ginger-butterfly: My cat has been...



My cat has been weighing himself 20 times a day on the FitBit scale… and FitBit is dutifully logging it. - Imgur

he just keeps getting fatter. when will he stop

01 Jul 15:37

comedycentral: Click here to watch Larry Wilmore discuss...


Click here to watch Larry Wilmore discuss marriage equality with Guy Branum, Janet Mock and Jordan Carlos on The Nightly Show

01 Jul 14:00

Can’t fault the logic of this bar. (photo by dasuberspud)

Can’t fault the logic of this bar. (photo by dasuberspud)

01 Jul 13:28

Dihalo(imidazolium)sulfuranes: A Versatile Platform for the Synthesis of New Electrophilic Group-Transfer Reagents

by Garazi Talavera, Javier Peña and Manuel Alcarazo

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05287
01 Jul 13:00


01 Jul 10:52

Synthesis and Properties of an Electropolymer Obtained from a Dimeric Donor/Acceptor System with a 4,4′-Spirobi[cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene] Core

by Simonetta Orlandi, Gianluca Pozzi, Marco Cavazzini, Daniela Minudri, Miguel Gervaldo, Luis Otero and Fernando Fungo

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00845
01 Jul 10:49

Modular Synthesis of Pyrazolones Using an Alkene Aminocarbonylation Reaction

by Kaitlyn Lavergne, Amanda Bongers, Lyanne Betit and André M. Beauchemin

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Organic Letters
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01719
01 Jul 07:45

Цитата #434476

Приходила соседка (которая директор парадной), опять собирала деньги на общественные нужды. Пока я бегала по дому в поисках сумки, потом рылась в сумке в поисках кошелька, потом рылась в кошельке в поисках денег, соседка говорила. Она любое молчание считает неловким и старается каждую минуту тишины задушить в зародыше. Поэтому мы узнали все тайны и новости из жизни соседей, а ведь нам это так необходимо.
Когда я, наконец, протянула соседке нужную сумму, она сказала:
- Ой, как с вами легко и хорошо: вы всегда сразу даёте. Я сперва обхожу тех, кто сразу даёт, не выделывается.
- Одобряю ваш подход, я женился по тому же принципу.
30 Jun 21:41

1000 ferris wheels

by thebloggess

I once read that about people who make and fold 1000 origami paper cranes.  Some do it for luck or longevity or luck or wishes or hope.  Some do it for love.  Some do it for peace.  I assume some do it for the same reason I make ferris wheels.

I make them over and over again, from tiny kits that arrive in small envelopes whenever things get difficult.


I turn the small metal tabs in.  I fit the speck-like tabs into the delicate, almost invisible slots.  I place 100 tiny metal pieces -like forgotten shavings- together to make each car, each strut.  It’s comforting to me when I need comfort most.  When life gets too large.  When the world is too loud.  When my skin is to raw and sensitive to be touched.  It’s then that I go into this tiny world I have perfect control over.

The work is both challenging and mindless.  I close a tiny door.  I add a hanging car.  I straighten a spindle.  I imagine myself in this little world, an invisible guest on this fragile and exquisitely imperfect wheel.  It does not spin exactly but the cars gently sway.  One car breaks loose and plummets to the floor.  I find it, a minute later, hidden in the seam of the tile and I rescue it and return it to it’s place, giving the metal tab an extra twist with my tweezers and holding my mouth just so as if I am casting a spell.

Stay put, I command in my head.  You are where you belong.  To everything there is a place.

And I line the pieces up into their places.  I make them right.  I make them fit.  I put things the way they are meant to be, even if only in a tiny world that rests in the palm of my hand.

In the morning I show my daughter the shiny metal ferris wheel.  She oohs and ahs and rocks the small cars, probably imagining real ferris wheels she will ride one day when she is grown.

I lay the tiny wheel down, my invisible anxieties and worries sitting calmly on each seat.  I say a prayer to keep each worry in its place.  To glue it there.  One for “fear of going under water.”  One for “one day she’ll leave me”.  One for “I’ve forgotten something important that I can’t remember”.  One for “paralyzed with doubts”.  One for “broken”.  And those small passengers all sit in silence, quieted at last, as I place the wheel with all the others.  And there it will stay while I take up life again.  Until, that is, the next week when I can’t think for all the worries and anxieties and angry voices screaming in my head.  And then I will place last week’s empty ferris wheel on a sidewalk  or tree branch for a small child to find, and I will open the thin envelope in my desk drawer and slip out the new metal sheets waiting to be cut and folded and pinned and pressed into life.  Into fear.  Into both.

And the wheel comes around again.

ferris bloggess

Note: I know many of you have noticed I’m not quite myself this month.  I’m fine…just crawling out of a depression that has taken more out of me than usual.  I’m coming back, but slowly.  Thank you for being patient.  Thank you for being you.


30 Jun 19:40

Enantioselective α-Alkylation of Aldehydes by Photoredox Organocatalysis: Rapid Access to Pharmacophore Fragments from β-Cyanoaldehydes

by Eric R. Welin, Alexander A. Warkentin, Jay C. Conrad, David W. C. MacMillan


The combination of photoredox catalysis and enamine catalysis has enabled the development of an enantioselective α-cyanoalkylation of aldehydes. This synergistic catalysis protocol allows for the coupling of two highly versatile yet orthogonal functionalities, allowing rapid diversification of the oxonitrile products to a wide array of medicinally relevant derivatives and heterocycles. This methodology has also been applied to the total synthesis of the lignan natural product (−)-bursehernin.

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A combination of photoredox catalysis and enamine catalysis has enabled the development of an enantioselective cyanoalkylation of aldehydes. This synergistic catalysis protocol makes possible the coupling of two highly versatile yet orthogonal functionalities.

30 Jun 18:58

Half loaf of carbonised bread from Pompeii. 2000 years old

Half loaf of carbonised bread from Pompeii. 2000 years old

30 Jun 18:37

10r3: 99dog99: it is so upsetting listening to so many males talk about all of the times they have...



it is so upsetting listening to so many males talk about all of the times they have gone on road trips alone and slept in their cars alone or on the side of the road, or travelled overseas alone and slept on the floor of strangers homes or in parks or at hostels, and they appear to have such freedom in that they are able to be alone in ways that females, unfortunately, cannot. and there is an ignorance surrounding this in that these boys never seem to comprehend just how fortunate they are that strange people and unfamiliar places and the dark of night are not their enemies but rather exciting, promising things.

“Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always supposedly in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yes, God, I want to talk to everybody as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

30 Jun 18:14


30 Jun 16:31

Finding the humor in our inevitable demise...