30 May 13:36

Overall Water Splitting Catalyzed Efficiently by an Ultrathin Nanosheet-Built, Hollow Ni3S2-Based Electrocatalyst

by Yuanyuan Wu, Guo-Dong Li, Yipu Liu, Lan Yang, Xinran Lian, Tewodros Asefa, Xiaoxin Zou

Making highly efficient catalysts for an overall ​water splitting reaction is vitally important to bring solar/electrical-to-hydrogen energy conversion processes into reality. Herein, the synthesis of ultrathin nanosheet-based, hollow MoOx/Ni3S2 composite microsphere catalysts on nickel foam, using ammonium molybdate as a precursor and the triblock copolymer pluronic P123 as a structure-directing agent is reported. It is also shown that the resulting materials can serve as bifunctional, non-noble metal electrocatalysts with high activity and stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) as well as the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Thanks to their unique structural features, the materials give an impressive water-splitting current density of 10 mA cm−2 at ≈1.45 V with remarkable durability for >100 h when used as catalysts both at the cathode and the anode sides of an alkaline electrolyzer. This performance for an overall water splitting reaction is better than even those obtained with an electrolyzer consisting of noble metal-based Pt/C and IrOx/C catalytic couple—the benchmark catalysts for HER and OER, respectively.

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A novel, non-noble metal-based water splitting electrocatalyst comprising nickel foam-supported, ultrathin nanosheet-built, hollow MoOx/Ni3S2 microspheres has been synthesized. This material gives an impressive water-splitting current density of 10 mA cm−2 at ≈1.45 V with remarkable durability for >100 h when used as electrocatalysts both at the cathode and the anode sides of an alkaline electrolyzer.

30 May 05:12

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31 May 04:01


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31 May 08:55

195. EPICTETUS: A worthy crisis

by Gav


Epictetus (50CE-130CE) was one of the key Stoic philosophers, along with Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. Born as a slave, Epictetus was given permission by his master to study philosophy and eventually became a free man, opening up his own philosophy school in Ancient Rome. When Emperor Domitian banished all philosophers from Rome in 89 CE, Epictetus fled to Greece and continued his teachings. Although no actual writings of his survive, Epictetus’ philosophy was written and published by his student Arrian as The Enchiridion and Discourses, which can be read for free online.

Seneca – Sympathy for the Devil
Marcus Aurelius – A Meditation
Jiddu Krishnamurti – Don’t compare yourself to others

RFK – A Ripple of Hope
Jacob Riis – The Stonecutter
Winston Churchill – Never Yield to Force
Calvin Coolidge – Never Give Up

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30 May 13:21

The Organocatalytic Approach to Enantiopure 2H- and 3H-Pyrroles: Inhibitors of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway

by Lisa Kötzner, Markus Leutzsch, Sonja Sievers, Sumersing Patil, Herbert Waldmann, Yiying Zheng, Walter Thiel, Benjamin List


A divergent approach to enantioenriched 2H- and 3H-pyrroles catalyzed by a spirocyclic phosphoric acid is reported that makes use of a Fischer-type indolization and a [1,5]-alkyl shift. Catalyzed by the chiral phosphoric acid STRIP, good to excellent yields and enantioselectivities could be obtained. Remarkably, biological evaluation reveals one of these novel 2H-pyrroles to be a potent but nontoxic inhibitor of the Hedgehog signaling pathway by binding to the Smoothened protein.

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The versatility of pyrroles: A Fischer indolization and a [1,5]-alkyl shift were used in the title reaction to obtain enantioenriched 2H- or 3H-pyrroles. The products could be generated in good to excellent yields and enantiomeric ratios by using a chiral SPINOL-derived phosphoric acid derivative as catalyst. Biological evaluations revealed the novel 2H-pyrroles to be potent inhibitors of the Hedgehog signaling pathway.

29 May 14:00

These Packing Techniques Save Space and Let You Carry More

by Alan Henry

We’ve covered lots of ways to cram a lot of stuff in small suitcases , but this video and infographic from Expedia is full of handy packing tips to remember the next time you’re heading out on a business trip—or a well-earned vacation.


29 May 20:40

That Tingly Feeling: Why Do Only Some People Get 'Skin Orgasms' From Listening to Music?

by Mitchell Colver, The Conversation
Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill—followed by a chill—when listening to a particularly moving piece of music.

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?

The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”

Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of frisson, but some feel it while looking at beautiful artwork, watching a particularly moving scene in a movie or having physical contact with another person. Studies have shown that roughly two-thirds of the population feels frisson, and frisson-loving Reddit users have even created a page to share their favorite frisson-causing media.

But why do some people experience frisson and not others?

Working in the lab of Dr. Amani El-Alayli, a professor of Social Psychology at Eastern Washington University, I decided to find out.

What causes a thrill, followed by a chill?

While scientists are still unlocking the secrets of this phenomenon, a large body of research over the past five decades has traced the origins of frisson to how we emotionally react to unexpected stimuli in our environment, particularly music.

Musical passages that include unexpected harmonies, sudden changes in volume or the moving entrance of a soloist are particularly common triggers for frisson because they violate listeners’ expectations in a positive way, similar to what occurred during the 2009 debut performance of the unassuming Susan Boyle on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

'You didn't expect that, did you?"

If a violin soloist is playing a particularly moving passage that builds up to a beautiful high note, the listener might find this climactic moment emotionally charged, and feel a thrill from witnessing the successful execution of such a difficult piece.

But science is still trying to catch up with why this thrill results in goosebumps in the first place.

Some scientists have suggested that goosebumps are an evolutionary holdover from our early (hairier) ancestors, who kept themselves warm through an endothermic layer of heat that they retained immediately beneath the hairs of their skin. Experiencing goosebumps after a rapid change in temperature (like being exposed to an unexpectedly cool breeze on a sunny day) temporarily raises and then lowers those hairs, resetting this layer of warmth.

Why do a song and a cool breeze produce the same physiological response? EverJean/flickrCC BY

Since we invented clothing, humans have had less of a need for this endothermic layer of heat. But the physiological structure is still in place, and it may have been rewired to produce aesthetic chills as a reaction to emotionally moving stimuli, like great beauty in art or nature.

Research regarding the prevalence of frisson has varied widely, with studies showing anywhere between 55 percent and 86 percent of the population being able to experience the effect.

Monitoring how the skin responds to music

We predicted that if a person were more cognitively immersed in a piece of music, then he or she might be more likely to experience frisson as a result of paying closer attention to the stimuli. And we suspected that whether or not someone would become cognitively immersed in a piece of music in the first place would be a result of his or her personality type.

To test this hypothesis, participants were brought into the lab and wired up to an instrument that measures galvanic skin response, a measure of how the electrical resistance of people’s skin changes when they become physiologically aroused.

Participants were then invited to listen to several pieces of music as lab assistants monitored their responses to the music in real time.

Examples of pieces used in the study include:

Each of these pieces contains at least one thrilling moment that is known to cause frisson in listeners (several have been used in previous studies). For example, in the Bach piece, the tension built up by the orchestra during the first 80 seconds is finally released by the entrance of the choir—a particularly charged moment that’s likely to elicit frisson.

As participants listened to these pieces of music, lab assistants asked them to report their experiences of frisson by pressing a small button, which created a temporal log of each listening session.

By comparing these data to the physiological measures and to a personality test that the participants had completed, we were, for the first time, able to draw some unique conclusions about why frisson might be happening more often for some listeners than for others.

This graph shows the reactions of one listener in the lab. The peaks of each line represent moments when the participant was particularly cognitively or emotionally aroused by the music. In this case, each of these peaks of excitement coincided with the participant reporting experiencing frisson in reaction to the music. This participant scored high on a personality trait called ‘Openness to Experience.’ (Author provided)

The role of personality

Results from the personality test showed that the listeners who experienced frisson also scored high for a personality trait called Openness to Experience.

Studies have shown that people who possess this trait have unusually active imaginations, appreciate beauty and nature, seek out new experiences, often reflect deeply on their feelings, and love variety in life.

Some aspects of this trait are inherently emotional (loving variety, appreciating beauty), and others are cognitive (imagination, intellectual curiosity).

While previous research had connected Openness to Experience with frisson, most researchers had concluded that listeners were experiencing frisson as a result of a deeply emotional reaction they were having to the music.

In contrast, the results of our study show that it’s the cognitive components of “Openness to Experience” – such as making mental predictions about how the music is going to unfold or engaging in musical imagery (a way of processing music that combines listening with daydreaming) – that are associated with frisson to a greater degree than the emotional components.

These findings, recently published in the journal Psychology of Music, indicate that those who intellectually immerse themselves in music (rather than just letting it flow over them) might experience frisson more often and more intensely than others.

And if you’re one of the lucky people who can feel frisson, the frisson Reddit group has identified Lady Gaga’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl and a fan-made trailer for the original Star Wars trilogy as especially chill-inducing.


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“The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don’t see myself abandoning them forever. Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different.”

The X-Men series has had mixed success without Singer behind the camera. Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand was aggressively mediocre, but Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class was arguably the series’ best. Given the lukewarm critical response to X-Men: Apocalypse, it definitely seems like Singer could use a break to recharge his mutant batteries.

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(Via the Los Angeles Times)