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The Organic Chemistry Behind “The Pill”

February 13, 2015

The Most Interesting Man In The World passed away the other week. No, not THAT guy. He’s just an actor. The OTHER guy. The OTHER guy is Carl Djerassi, organic chemist, professor, author, playwright, and most notably, “Father of the Pill”. Lots of people these days – especially startups –  talk about changing the world. […]

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My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

January 6, 2015

Hey folks – it’s been awhile! Let me explain. It all started very innocently. In mid November I started noticing that a little bump I’d had on the back of my neck for what seemed like forever had started getting sore. At first it was annoying. One Wednesday night I was taking a fencing lesson, […]

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How Concepts Build Up In Org 1 (“The Pyramid”)

September 5, 2014

I LOVE making maps. Whenever I played adventure games as a kid (or, let’s face it, as an adult) I often made meticulous maps of how each area led to the next. Any time I really want to understand something, I have to write everything out and make a map to connect things together – usually […]

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Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?

Maybe they should call them, “Formal Wins” ?

August 15, 2014

In April of this year, Braves reliever Luis Avilan came in with a 5-1 lead in the 8th inning. Eight batters later, he’d given up five runs, blowing the lead. Thankfully for him, the Braves came back in the top of the 9th and reliever David Carpenter nailed down the save. The result: Avilan got […]

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Goodwill Notoriously Absent In Miramax, MOC Lawsuit

April 1, 2014

Special to MOC from Variety HOLLYWOOD, CA – Mirimax Entertainment announced today that they are suing educational organic chemistry website Master Organic Chemistry for an undisclosed amount in damages, citing copyright infringement. The issue at stake is the alleged similarity between the brief scene of Matt Damon drawing the molecule ibogamine in the Oscar-winning 1997 […]

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We Sponsored A Cat!

We Sponsored A Cat!

November 29, 2013

As a result of the recent webinar “Everything I Know About Stereochemistry I Learned From Cats”, we raised enough money to sponsor a cat from Safe Haven For Cats, a no-kill animal shelter in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I got this message in the mail from the cat we sponsored, “Newman”, which kind of seems like […]

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The Most Important Map Ever Published

The Most Important Map Ever Published

November 20, 2013

Is it “Orgo”, “Organic”, or “O-Chem” at your school? Blog pal Chemjobber has compiled a “Pop vs. Soda“-like map of the USA, but it still needs more data.  Your assistance for this extremely vital research project is required.  Click here to fill out a SUPER QUICK anonymous survey.    Image credit: Chemjobber   Related Posts:The Organic […]

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Proton Bank In Crisis: Fate of Mechanisms Uncertain

Proton Bank In Crisis: Fate of Mechanisms Uncertain

April 1, 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus – The banking crisis in Cyprus deepened over the weekend, as the Proton Bank, a lender with 31 branches in Greece and Cyprus, announced that it was  on the brink of insolvency. After poring over the bank’s ledgers this weekend, European regulators concluded that the bank’s accounts are hopelessly out of balance. Exasperated […]

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Putting Acidity In Perspective

Putting Acidity In Perspective

January 25, 2013

[Source: xkcd  hat tip to Mike Evans @mevans86 for finding this] One concept that always seems to have a hard time getting through is that of pKa. No matter how many times I nag students to “know their pKas” or tell them that the “pKa table is your friend” or compare it to a table […]

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A Friday SN1 Haiku

October 26, 2012

Loyal reader Dave sent this in via the comments, and I thought it deserved a wider distribution: ————— Some of my students challenged me to do the upcoming class in haiku. Since a fractional distillation lab is pretty dull to supervise after everyone is up and running, I put the introduction to SN1 in haiku […]

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