24 May 16:06

broccoli rubble farro salad

by deb

I’m sorry, I know I have a broccoli rubble problem. But you see, broccoli rubble in itself was a solution to another problem and perhaps we’ve created a monster, but it’s a delicious monster. We are going to keep it.

broccoli for extra green-y (sorry)

Let me rewind and explain. Problem: Two children (not the aforementioned monsters, or at least not yet today) who do eat different vegetables at different times but really only reliably both eat broccoli each time. Plus two parents who are growing bored with eating steamed (because they haven’t yet seen the light of crispy roasted broccoli, although they are wrong and we tell them this often) broccoli all the time. Solution: Give it a fine chop (rubble it, if you will) and sauté it in olive oil with a heap of garlic, as many red pepper flakes as we can get away with, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper and then finish it with fresh lemon juice and a fistful of grated pecorino romano (particularly excellent here for its pungent saltiness) for a mixture that’s zinging with enough flavor you’d eat it from a fork with nothing else.

farrochop chopsauteed with garlic, lemon, moremixing, messy

But it’s so good, we prefer to stretch it into dinner as often as possible. We’ve finished it with these pangrattato crumbs and a crispy egg, or when at room temperature, a ball of burrata. (Which is becoming the new #putaneggonit, at least when we find it for a reasonable price.) We’ve tucked it between a piece of toast and slice of provolone for broccoli melts. We’ve put it on top of a slick of garlicky béchamel with torn mozzarella on top for broccoli pizzas. And now there’s this: a farro salad that’s as good warm as it is at room temperature, which means it can be ready for all the weekend picnics and potlucks to come, or for dinner any night of the week. Such as this one.

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22 May 16:54


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23 May 05:03

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23 May 14:24

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Nature of Weenies

by tech@thehiveworks.com

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22 May 13:28

Catalytic Electrophilic Alkylation of p-Quinones via a Redox Chain Reaction

by Xiao-Long Xu, Zhi Li

Allylation and benzylation of p-quinones is achieved by an unusual redox chain reaction. Mechanistic studies suggest that the trace existence of hydroquinone initiates a redox chain reaction that consists of a Lewis acid-catalyzed Friedel-Crafts alkylation and a subsequent redox equilibrium that regenerates hydroquinone. The electrophiles could be various allylic and benzylic esters. Addition of Hantzsch ester as initiator improves the efficiency of the reaction.

23 May 18:18

'Coding Is Not Fun, It's Technically and Ethically Complex'

by msmash
An anonymous reader shares an article: For starters, the profile of a programmer's mind is pretty uncommon. As well as being highly analytical and creative, software developers need almost superhuman focus to manage the complexity of their tasks. Manic attention to detail is a must; slovenliness is verboten. Coding isn't the only job that demands intense focus. But you'd never hear someone say that brain surgery is "fun," or that structural engineering is "easy." When it comes to programming, why do policymakers and technologists pretend otherwise? For one, it helps lure people to the field at a time when software (in the words of the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen) is "eating the world" -- and so, by expanding the labor pool, keeps industry ticking over and wages under control. Another reason is that the very word "coding" sounds routine and repetitive, as though there's some sort of key that developers apply by rote to crack any given problem. It doesn't help that Hollywood has cast the "coder" as a socially challenged, type-first-think-later hacker, inevitably white and male, with the power to thwart the Nazis or penetrate the CIA. Insisting on the glamor and fun of coding is the wrong way to acquaint kids with computer science. It insults their intelligence and plants the pernicious notion in their heads that you don't need discipline in order to progress. As anyone with even minimal exposure to making software knows, behind a minute of typing lies an hour of study. It's better to admit that coding is complicated, technically and ethically. Computers, at the moment, can only execute orders, to varying degrees of sophistication. So it's up to the developer to be clear: the machine does what you say, not what you mean. More and more "decisions" are being entrusted to software, including life-or-death ones: think self-driving cars; think semi-autonomous weapons; think Facebook and Google making inferences about your marital, psychological, or physical status, before selling it to the highest bidder. Yet it's rarely in the interests of companies and governments to encourage us to probe what's going on beneath these processes.

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22 May 23:40

Selenium-Containing Medium Bandgap Copolymer for Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells with High Efficiency of 9.8%

by Zhuo Xu, Qunping Fan, Xiangyi Meng, Xia Guo, Wenyan Su, Wei Ma, Maojie Zhang and Yongfang Li

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Chemistry of Materials
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00729
22 May 16:18

Versatile Construction of 6-Substituted cis-2,8-Dioxabicyclo[3.3.0]octan-3-ones: Short Enantioselective Total Syntheses of Cheloviolenes A and B and Dendrillolide C

by Yuriy Slutskyy, Christopher R. Jamison, Peng Zhao, Juyeol Lee, Young Ho Rhee and Larry E. Overman

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04265
23 May 01:05

Regioselective Ni-Catalyzed Carboxylation of Allylic and Propargylic Alcohols with Carbon Dioxide

by Yue-Gang Chen, Bin Shuai, Cong Ma, Xiu-Jie Zhang, Ping Fang and Tian-Sheng Mei

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Organic Letters
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b01208
22 May 16:50

Toby’s 7th Birthday Party

by Joanna Goddard

Toby's 7th Birthday Party at Jane's Carousel

This weekend, we had Toby’s seventh (!) birthday party at Jane’s Carousel, which was really fun. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

Toby's 7th Birthday Party at Jane's Carousel

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22 May 04:57


by David M Willis
22 May 13:19

Ultrathin Co3O4 Layers with Large Contact Area on Carbon Fibers as High-Performance Electrode for Flexible Zinc–Air Battery Integrated with Flexible Display

by Xu Chen, Bin Liu, Cheng Zhong, Zhi Liu, Jie Liu, Lu Ma, Yida Deng, Xiaopeng Han, Tianpin Wu, Wenbin Hu, Jun Lu

A facile and binder-free method is developed for the in situ and horizontal growth of ultrathin mesoporous Co3O4 layers on the surface of carbon fibers in the carbon cloth (ultrathin Co3O4/CC) as high-performance air electrode for the flexible Zn–air battery. In particular, the ultrathin Co3O4 layers have a maximum contact area on the conductive support, facilitating the rapid electron transport and preventing the aggregation of ultrathin layers. The ultrathin feature of Co3O4 layers is characterized by the transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectra, and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Benefiting from the high utilization degree of active materials and rapid charge transport, the mass activity for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions of the ultrathin Co3O4/CC electrode is more than 10 times higher than that of the carbon cloth loaded with commercial Co3O4 nanoparticles. Compared to the commercial Co3O4/CC electrode, the flexible Zn–air battery using ultrathin Co3O4/CC electrode exhibits excellent rechargeable performance and high mechanical stability. Furthermore, the flexible Zn–air battery is integrated with a flexible display unit. The whole integrated device can operate without obvious performance degradation under serious deformation and even during the cutting process, which makes it highly promising for wearable and roll-up optoelectronics.

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Ultrathin and mesoporous Co3O4 layers are in situ grown on the surface of carbon fibers with maximum interfacial contact area as high-performance air electrode for a flexible rechargeable Zn–air battery integrated with a flexible display device. The whole integrated device not only possesses excellent flexibility but also has shape-tailorable capability that can operate during the tailoring processes.

24 May 05:40

Girl Genius for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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24 May 09:34

Comic: Cape Town

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
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24 May 15:22


Gonna feel even dumber when I realize that all this time he's been talking into a bluetooth thingy and we're not actually friends.
22 May 16:33

Rhodium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Radical Addition of CX4 Reagents to Olefins

by Joseph M. Ready, Bo Chen, Cheng Fang, Peng Liu

We describe an enantioselective addition of Br-CX3 (X = Cl or Br) to terminal olefins that introduces a trihalomethyl group and generates optically active secondary bromides. Computational and experimental evidence supports an asymmetric atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) mechanism in which the stereodetermining step involves outer-sphere bromine abstraction from a (bisphosphine)Rh(II)BrCl complex by a benzylic radical intermediate. Beyond the synthetic utility, this mechanism appears unprecedented in asymmetric catalysis.

22 May 23:32

Interdiffusion Reaction-Assisted Hybridization of Two-Dimensional Metal–Organic Frameworks and Ti3C2Tx Nanosheets for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution

by Li Zhao, Biliang Dong, Shaozhou Li, Lijun Zhou, Linfei Lai, Zhiwei Wang, Shulin Zhao, Min Han, Kai Gao, Min Lu, Xiaoji Xie, Bo Chen, Zhengdong Liu, Xiangjing Wang, Hao Zhang, Hai Li, Juqing Liu, Hua Zhang, Xiao Huang and Wei Huang

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ACS Nano
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b01409
23 May 04:25


by David M Willis
23 May 12:31

Crosslinked Semiconductor Polymers for Photovoltaic Applications

by Frank-Julian Kahle, Christina Saller, Anna Köhler, Peter Strohriegl

Organic solar cells (OSCs) have achieved much attention and meanwhile reach efficiencies above 10%. One problem yet to be solved is the lack of long term stability. Crosslinking is presented as a tool to increase the stability of OSCs. A number of materials used for the crosslinking of bulk heterojunction cells are presented. These include the crosslinking of low bandgap polymers used as donors in bulk heterojunction cells, as well as the crosslinking of fullerene acceptors and crosslinking between donor and acceptor. External crosslinkers often based on multifunctional azides are also discussed. In the second part, some work either leading to OSCs with high efficiencies or giving insight into the chemistry and physics of crosslinking are highlighted. The diffusion of low molar mass fullerenes in a crosslinked matrix of a conjugated polymer and the influence of crosslinking on the carrier mobility is discussed. Finally, the use of crosslinking to make stable interlayers and the solution processing of multilayer OSCs are discussed in addition to presentation of a novel approach to stabilize nanoimprinted patterns for OSCs by crosslinking.

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Three promising applications of crosslinking in organic solar cells are reviewed. Most importantly, crosslinking is used to stabilize the blend morphology in bulk heterojunction solar cells. In addition, stable interlayers can be formed and crosslinking enables solution processing of multilayer devices. A third possibility is the stabilization of nanoimprinted patterns in the active layers.

24 May 14:23

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Marine Biology

by tech@thehiveworks.com

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23 May 16:35

α-Radical Phosphines: Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity

by Manuel Alcarazo, Lianghu Gu, Yiying Zheng, Estela Haldón, Richard Goddard, Eckhard Bill, Walter Thiel

A series of phosphines featuring a persistent radical were synthesized in two steps by condensation of dialkyl-/diarylchlorophosphines with stable cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (cAACs) followed by one-electron reduction of the corresponding cationic intermediates. Structural, spectroscopic and computational data indicate that the spin density in these phosphines is mainly localized on the original carbene carbon from the cAAC fragment; thus, it remains in the α-position to the central phosphorus. The potential of these α-radical phosphines to serve as spin-labeled ligands is demonstrated through the preparation of several Au(I) derivatives, which were also structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

23 May 18:14

Temperature Treatment of Highly Porous Zirconium-Containing Metal–Organic Frameworks Extends Drug Delivery Release

by Michelle H. Teplensky, Marcus Fantham, Peng Li, Timothy C. Wang, Joshua P. Mehta, Laurence J. Young, Peyman Z. Moghadam, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, Clemens F. Kaminski and David Fairen-Jimenez

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b01451
24 May 04:35

New leaf

by David M Willis
23 May 18:14

Defect-Mediated Electron–Hole Separation in One-Unit-Cell ZnIn2S4 Layers for Boosted Solar-Driven CO2 Reduction

by Xingchen Jiao, Zongwei Chen, Xiaodong Li, Yongfu Sun, Shan Gao, Wensheng Yan, Chengming Wang, Qun Zhang, Yue Lin, Yi Luo and Yi Xie

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b02290
24 May 02:06

Using Dynamic Covalent Chemistry To Drive Morphological Transitions: Controlled Release of Encapsulated Nanoparticles from Block Copolymer Vesicles

by Renhua Deng, Matthew J. Derry, Charlotte J. Mable, Yin Ning and Steven P. Armes

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b02642