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Volume 90 Issue 52 | pp. 36-37 | Quote of the Year
Issue Date: December 24, 2012

Quotes Of The Year

Department: Science & Technology

A look at some of the most intriguing
statements and photos that made it onto our pages in 2012


January 2

“If you’re the boss, and you like to play golf, you will find that the people below you play golf too. And if you’re concerned about safety, they’ll be concerned about safety.”

- Bao-lang Chen, Chairman, Formosa Chemical

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MAY 14
Daniel Schildhammer dons an Aouda.X spacesuit prototype for a walk through a cave in the Austrian Alps that serves as a proxy for caves on Mars.
Credit: Sarah Everts/C&EN
Schildhammer waits in the Aouda.X prototype spacesuit outside the Dachstein Ice Cave before taking his first walk through the icy interior
 
MAY 14
Daniel Schildhammer dons an Aouda.X spacesuit prototype for a walk through a cave in the Austrian Alps that serves as a proxy for caves on Mars.
Credit: Sarah Everts/C&EN
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JANUARY 23
An electron micrograph of a 10-μm-wide cluster of a hybrid material containing CaCO3 and the hydrophobic steroid danazol. The mixture allows for better solubility of the drug.
Credit: BASF
Nanoscale drug formulation
 
JANUARY 23
An electron micrograph of a 10-μm-wide cluster of a hybrid material containing CaCO3 and the hydrophobic steroid danazol. The mixture allows for better solubility of the drug.
Credit: BASF

 

January 30

“If you don’t think, and you don’t try, and you don’t test, then everyone just keeps doing the same incremental stuff.”

- Ronald S. Oremland, senior scientist, U.S. Geological Survey

 

February 20

“Where Carl Sagan once stood, a thousand blogs now bloom.”

- Paul Raeburn, 2012 recipient, James T. Grady-James H. Stack award for interpreting chemistry for the public

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JUNE 4
An artist’s depiction of the cancer-fighting nanoparticle BIND-014. The particle is built from a copolymer (gray) with targeting ligands on its surface (blue) and the chemotherapeutic agent docetaxel (red) encapsulated at its core.
Credit: Gaël McGill/Digizyme
An artist’s depiction of the cancer-fighting nanoparticle BIND-014.
 
JUNE 4
An artist’s depiction of the cancer-fighting nanoparticle BIND-014. The particle is built from a copolymer (gray) with targeting ligands on its surface (blue) and the chemotherapeutic agent docetaxel (red) encapsulated at its core.
Credit: Gaël McGill/Digizyme
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JULY 16
U.S. team member and silver medalist Sidharth Chand of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich., prepares for the International Chemistry Olympiad, where high school students compete in exams and laboratory work to test their knowledge in chemistry theory and practice.
Credit: Sarah Chambers/U.S. Air Force
U.S. team member and silver medalist Sidharth Chand of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich., prepares for the International Chemistry Olympiad.
 
JULY 16
U.S. team member and silver medalist Sidharth Chand of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Mich., prepares for the International Chemistry Olympiad, where high school students compete in exams and laboratory work to test their knowledge in chemistry theory and practice.
Credit: Sarah Chambers/U.S. Air Force

 

March 16

“Cancer cells are a bit like dodgy house builders.”

- Nial Wheate, Senior lecturer, University of Sydney, at C&EN’s Materials SCENE

 

April 16

“One of the best solutions for high oil prices is high oil prices.”

- David Hobbs, chief energy strategist, IHS

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AUGUST 13
Workers in Beijing wait for orders to destroy a massive pile containing more than 50 tons of confiscated counterfeit pharmaceuticals collected over two years.
Credit: Lao Cai/FeatureChina/Newscom
A group of workers in Beijing waits for orders to destroy a 50-ton pile of counterfeit drugs.
 
AUGUST 13
Workers in Beijing wait for orders to destroy a massive pile containing more than 50 tons of confiscated counterfeit pharmaceuticals collected over two years.
Credit: Lao Cai/FeatureChina/Newscom
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SEPTEMBER 10
Studies by the Encode consortium found that “junk” DNA holds regulatory functions in its noncoding regions. Pictured is an artist’s rendering of proteins interacting with genomic DNA unwinding from a chromosome.
Credit: National Institutes of Health
Simulation shows proteins interacting with genomic DNA, with chromosome in the background.
 
SEPTEMBER 10
Studies by the Encode consortium found that “junk” DNA holds regulatory functions in its noncoding regions. Pictured is an artist’s rendering of proteins interacting with genomic DNA unwinding from a chromosome.
Credit: National Institutes of Health

 

April 23

“Good science doesn’t happen when people are keeping their heads down. You need a raucous, rowdy discussion.”

- Francesca T. Grifo, Scientific Integrity Program Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

October 16

“Back to lab. We have to win the second one!”

- Seungkirl Ahn and Arun Shukla, Assistant Professors in the lab of 2012 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz, at CENtral Science blog Terra Sigillata

 

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Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN
This is a photo of Kathryn Hach and Madeleine Jacobs.
 
Credit: Linda Wang/C&EN

October 22

“An entrepreneur has to love, and I do mean love, what they are doing.”

- Kathryn Hach-Darrow, Cofounder, Hach Chemical Co.

 

November 5

“My passion for chemistry is gone.”

- “Tom,” unemployed chemist

 

December 10

“We’re doing science at the speed of science, in a world that runs at the pace of Instagrams.”

- John P. Grotzinger, Project Scientist, Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Image of rover in space
 
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Photo of scoop prints left in martian soil by Curiosity.
 
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
 
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