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In my last post, I started by explaining why I had embarked on finding a new quantum mechanical interpretation. The actual answer to why I got started was of course personal and not that important, but there was a better reason why I kept going: currently, theoretical chemistry depends on some hideously difficult computations that arise when one ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Nov 4, 2018 8:36 PM GMT
Dear all, Welcome to the November edition of the networks newsletter. This month we have a special update about Brexit and our campaigning actions to date, please contact our Policy and Evidence team on   policy@rsc.org with any comments or questions.   Upcoming Administration Deadlines 6 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 th ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Oct 29, 2018 4:27 PM GMT
Take part in our online survey exploring models used for timetabling of the sciences at GCSE. The Royal Society of Chemistry is working with the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Biology and  Shift Learning  to gather feedback from those who have a strong knowledge of how the sciences are ... more...
Posted by Daniele Gibney on Elementary Articles Oct 22, 2018 2:21 PM BST
This is my list of iPhone (most iPad also) apps which I have installed on my iPhone and iPad, most free. I do not endorse any apps but Chemistry World, ChemSpider, and RSC Mobile are notable. I have recently added NMR Solvent Peaks to aid identification of 'unknown peaks'. Furthermore, see http://molmatinf.com/products.html#valence  for a range of 'Molecular Materials Informatics' related apps. I have also added the USA EPA apps: CompTox Mobile https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comptox-mobile/id1179517689?mt=8  and m/z EPA CompTox  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/m-z-epa-comptox/id1148436331?mt=8 . Also added is ChemTube3D  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chemtube3d/id1291952162?mt=8 . Update: The very latest iPhone/iPad app to be added is the well-known Organic Syntheses  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/organic-syntheses/id1087152400?mt=8 NMR Solvent Peaks  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nmr-solvent-peaks/id1293462223?mt=8 ACS Mobile http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/acs-mobile/id355382930?mt=8 C&EN Mobile http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/c-en-mobile/id451789640?mt=8     Chemical Safety Data Sheets – ICSC http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chemical-safety-data-sheets/id405208132?mt=8   Chemistry By Design  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chemistry-by-design-target-synthesis-database/id451791347?mt=8   Chemistry World http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chemistry-world/id491655965?mt=8   ChemSpider http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chemspider/id458878661?mt=8   iOrnament – The Art of Symmetry http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iornament-the-art-of-symmetry/id534529876?mt=8   Molecules http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/molecules/id284943090?mt=8   Organic Chemistry Essentials http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/organic-chemistry-essentials/id390821660?mt=8   Reagents – Metamolecular http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reagents/id453336174?mt=8   RSC Mobile http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rsc-mobile/id459371444?mt=8   ReactionFlash http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reactionflash/id432080813?mt=8   At the first time of compiling this list and posting in 2012, and after later edits and additions, all the links to the apps were still valid. However, since then, some iPhone apps may no longer work (after iOS 12 updates) but will still work using iOS 10. My older iPad 4 still uses iOS 10.3.3 and all the iOS apps work there. If you use a Windows or Mac PC, or Android platform, please check and let me know of any problems with the links, or if any apps are no longer available, also of any appropriate new apps that can be added to the above list. There is still no MyRSC mobile app and so you can save a screen image from the link  http://my.rsc.org/home  and using Safari on iOS devices and adding the image to the screen of the iOS device. Thank you. more...
Posted by Robert Slinn on Organic, General, and Analytical Chemistry Oct 11, 2018 8:38 PM BST
In my last post, I mentioned that in my alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics, I rejected the Born interpretation as being fundamental, and instead I argued that because the wave must keep up with the particle it had to transmit energy. That means the square of the amplitude of the wave should equal that energy, as it does in general wave ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Oct 7, 2018 10:02 PM BST
Dear all, Welcome to the October edition of the networks newsletter.   Networks Team – Changes As you may be aware, Nic Bygrave will be going on maternity leave in October. We are delighted to announce that Becky Winsbury will be joining the team on 1 October to cover Nic’s absence. Becky is currently finishing her PhD at the John Innes Centre with Rob ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Sep 28, 2018 11:11 AM BST
In my last post, I announced that I had self-published an ebook that used my alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics to calculate properties of the chemical bond, and obvious questions include why do it that way, and why not use standard quantum mechanics? The answers are, of course, linked, and go way back to when I was an undergraduate. The ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Sep 17, 2018 3:24 AM BST
Even without a degree in Chemistry, it really is possible to apply any scientific background to the Publishing Editor role. When I first introduced myself at my assessment centre, I realised I was the only biologist and was surrounded by chemists with masters degrees, PhDs and post-docs, making me certain that I wouldn’t be considered for the job! I am ... more...
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Publishing Editor Blog Sep 12, 2018 2:44 PM BST
Dear all, Welcome to the August edition of the networks newsletter. Networks Team - Changes As you may be aware, Stéphanie Comte left the RSC at the end of June. We are delighted to announce that this vacancy will be filled by Aurora Walshe. Aurora currently works in our Publishing directorate and will be joining the team on 17 th September. Upcoming ... more...
Posted by Fiona McMillan on RSC Networks Newsletter Aug 28, 2018 2:53 PM BST
A long time ago I gave a computer game to my son, and it had characters that aged. If you aged too far, all you were good for was sitting around the campfire telling stories. Maybe I have got to that age, but the 50th anniversary of the Czech invasion by the Russian military has me looking backwards. As some may have realized, especially after my post on an ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Aug 27, 2018 3:58 AM BST
Are you a teacher or technician at a Learn Chemistry Partnership (LCP) school?  If so, we are delighted to announce that during the Autumn Term of 2018 we have a Bursary Scheme running which will support LCP teachers and technicians to attend workshops and courses delivered by our team of regional Education Coordinators. This knowledgeable, locally ... more...
Posted by Emily Howe on Elementary Articles Aug 20, 2018 5:55 PM BST
I joined the Royal Society of Chemistry 18 months ago, having previously worked in science outreach and education for over 2 years. I began my career at the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Publishing Editor on the General Chemistry portfolio of journals, and recently moved to a new role as Assistant Editor of Chemical Science . As a Publishing Editor I ... more...
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Publishing Editor Blog Aug 15, 2018 1:31 PM BST
My last post her related to the use of quantum mechanics in chemistry, and it was intended as a prelude to a post about the ebook I had written and was editing. As you may see from looking at the dates, this has taken somewhat longer than I expected. This book outlines a methodology by which, ignoring minor effects, the chemical bond length and energy for ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Aug 12, 2018 3:53 AM BST
Dear all, Welcome to the July edition of the networks newsletter. Upcoming Administration Deadlines 10 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 th July to additional networks 12 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 th July 30 July             Deadline for Local Section inserts included in the September issue of ... more...
Posted by Fiona McMillan on RSC Networks Newsletter Jul 12, 2018 12:13 PM BST
In late 2017, we commissioned some research to find out more about what science teachers and technicians across the UK and Ireland thought of the help they get from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  We also wanted to know what they want from us in the future.  If you were one of the 500 who responded, then thank you.  Your insights have helped to tell us what ... more...
Posted by Emily Howe on Elementary Articles Jun 22, 2018 4:54 PM BST
I have been working on the General Chemistry Team at the Royal Society of Chemistry along with Hannah since I joined in November 2016. As the journals in our portfolio are aimed at a general audience, it has been great to see such a broad range of research going on in the chemistry community. Following some recent team changes, the General Team has recently ... more...
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Publishing Editor Blog Jun 1, 2018 2:57 PM BST
Dear all, The first week of June every year is Volunteers Week run by NCVO, which is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. We want to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to you, some of our most engaged members, who give up your time and without which we would not be able to provide these networks to our members. Upcoming ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Jun 1, 2018 10:38 AM BST
Upcoming Administration Deadlines 6 March     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks 8 March     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March 19 March   Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards 27 March   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April to additional networks 29 ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter May 25, 2018 2:41 PM BST
Please note that the March and April 2018 editions of the Networks Newsletter are now available on MyRSC.   Upcoming Administration Deadlines 8 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 th May to additional networks 10 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 th May 21 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 31 ... more...
Posted by Fiona McMillan on RSC Networks Newsletter May 1, 2018 10:10 AM BST
Dear all, Welcome to the April edition of the networks newsletter. It was great to meet so many of you at the Regional Meetings and hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.   Upcoming Administration Deadlines 3 April               Interest Group Top up fund application deadline 10 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 th April to ... more...
Posted by Fiona McMillan on RSC Networks Newsletter Apr 30, 2018 10:57 AM BST