The "International Year of the Periodic Table" is well under way, and it feels like something new is posted daily. It's great fun!
This "visual history" by Science magazine does a good job of visualising the many shapes the table has taken so far.
(The animations didn't work properly in Firefox ESR, but Chromium seems to handle them fine).

Quit using Mendeley people!

They started encrypting your database so you cannot easily move it over to other tools any more.


That link also helps you saving your data before it's too late.

(Elsevier are a bunch of crooks, blocking interoperability one-way and not the other. Almost as bad as Google blocking uBlock for your safety...)

Unpaywall is a handy little open source project, available to use as a browser extension, which makes it easier to find open access copies of journal papers.

I just thought I'd share this here for those who may need it. I find it very useful!

I recently learned about hematene. It's a 2D material similar to graphene, and made in the same way, except instead of carbon it's made from α-Fe2O3 (hematite). It also looks like it has excellent potential as a photocatalyst.

Makes me wonder what other 2D materials we might have yet to discover.

(Balan et al, 2018)

Interesting study by Wikimedia Foundation into the availability of Wikipedia's references across different subjects. Sad to see that Chemistry ranks very low, with a high percentage of pay-walled references.
Should also link to the twitter thread:

That was my first toot, btw. Yay :-) More scholarly stuff to come in the future.

Installed my first ever Git server . I published a short write-up of the setup process on my blog. Easy enough, and looks great.

Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

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Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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