I'm pleased to release my R package for converting between different reference electrode scales (SHE, silver-silver chloride, mercury chloride and more). Package on Github and write-up on my blog. Check it out! Any and all feedback very welcome (toot, open an issue, or comment on my site using hypothes.is 🙂
github.com/chepec/refelectrode
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In honour of , I finally organised some old code of mine into an R package. Please welcome periodicdata to the world
github.com/chepec/periodicdata
It's mainly concerned with collecting and organising the properties of the elements, but also takes a dab at plotting them.
(It's probably most useful if you already use R and ggplot2, but feel free to try it out in any case).

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. vis.sciencemag.org/periodic-ta
(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!

unpaywall.org/

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)
nature.com/articles/s41565-018

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.
wikimediafoundation.org/2018/0

Don’t disclose information such as your date and year of birth publicly. twitter.com/suhail/status/1030