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Quotes Of The Year

December 24, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 52


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


January 2

MAY 14
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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.
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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.
JANUARY 23
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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.
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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.

“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


 

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

JUNE 4
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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.
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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.
JULY 16
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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.
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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.

“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


 

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

AUGUST 13
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Workers in Beijing wait for orders to destroy a massive pile containing more than 50 tons of confiscated counterfeit pharmaceuticals collected over two years.
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Workers in Beijing wait for orders to destroy a massive pile containing more than 50 tons of confiscated counterfeit pharmaceuticals collected over two years.
SEPTEMBER 10
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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.
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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.

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

- David Hobbs, chief energy strategist, IHS


 

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!”

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

 

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

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

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