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2009

 

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Dec. 2009

(8/75)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 23 (7.12.), 27
    Collision course (review of: Collider by Paul Halpern)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 22 (1.12.), R1009
    Climate jostlings intensify
    In the last weeks leading up to the climate change summit at Copenhagen this month, politicians have had a hectic schedule of meeting and pre-summit negotiations. Fault lines are beginning to show between rich and poor countries, optimists and pessimists, and also between the US and the Kyoto signatories.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 23 (15.12.), R1054-55
    'Failing' claims on climate targets
    A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK concludes that the UK Climate Act 2008 is doomed to fail, and calls for a broader action plan including mitigation, adaptation, and geo-engineering.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 6, "Treffpunkt Buch plus", iv
    Magische Moleküle: Chemie des Lebens (Rezension von: Sieben Moleküle, von J.H.Fuhrhop und Tianyu Wang).
    [Rezension] [PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 12, 1175
    Adoptieren Sie einen Chemiker

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 12, 1208-1210
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Weder Mensch noch Affe
    [Evolution]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 12, 16-18
    Detailansichten der zellulären Eiweißfabrik
    [Biochemie]

  • Groß M:
    Trillium-Report 7, Nr 4,164-5
    Drogenkrieg 2.0: Vom Schlafmohn zum Leistungskampf
    Trillium Report 4/2009
    [Medizin]

  • Nov. 2009

    (4/67)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 22 (23.11.), 21-23
    Liquid fuel revival
    [energy]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 20 (03.11.), R921
    Bee screened
    The Co-operative Group of businesses in the UK has backed a film and a 10-point plan to raise awareness of the continuing losses of vital bee colonies.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 21 (17.11.), R965
    Coffee growers feel the heat
    Coffee and tea farmers already appear to be suffering from the effects of climate change.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 11, 16-17
    Madonna mit Schildlauslack
    [Spektroskopie]

  • Oct. 2009

    (8/63)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 19 (12.10.), 14
    The $1000 genome in sight with the latest technology
    [free access]
    [genome]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 19 (12.10.), 26
    Psychic papers (review of: Plastic fantastic, by Eugenie Samuel Reich)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 20 (26.10.), 29
    Review of: The solar century, by Jeremy Leggett, ed.
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 19 (13.10.), R879
    Global chemistry (Act globally)
    Michael Gross looks at a report on how carbon emissions could be tackled.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Gross M:
    Oxford Today 22, No 1 (Michaelmas 2009), 23-25
    Innovation by the Isis
    What is the best way to turn the intellectual work of academics into something commercially viable?
    [biochemistry]
    [free access]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 5, 267
    Sag mir, wo die Bienen sind
    [Umwelt] [PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 10, 970
    Schöne neue Welt

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 10, 1000
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Von der Gendiagnostik zur Genomdiagnostik
    [Medizin]

  • Sep. 2009

    (5/55)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 17 (14.09.), 27
    Teaching DNA new tricks (Review of: Aptamers in bioanalysis by M. Mascini, ed.)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 17 (15.09.), R626-27
    Bee mystery continues
    As beekeepers continue to suffer serious colony losses, application of genomic tools reveals puzzling results.
    [environment]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 18 (29.09.), R831-32
    Uncertainty principles
    The general elections in Germany have been more open than ever, with five main parties likely to be in the new Bundestag. So what are their policies for science and the environment?
    [germany]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 9, 22-25
    Schnipseljagd beim Strudelwurm
    [Biochemie]

  • Groß M:
    Trillium-Report 7, Nr 3, 109
    Innovative Geschäftsideen: Der Autor zahlt
    [publishing]

  • Aug. 2009

    (6/50)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 15 (10.08.), 21-23
    A new spin on ESR
    [spectroscopy]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 16 (24.08.), 28-29
    Biotech and the rise of big pharmaceutical molecules (Review of: Manufacturing of pharmaceutical proteins: From technology to economy by S. Behme)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 15 (11.08.), R626-27
    New grids on the block
    Meeting both carbon emission targets and energy demands may be feasible with DC cables connecting power-thirsty cities to sun-drenched deserts.
    [energy]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 16 (25.08.), R669-70
    New structural insights
    A signature from Vladimir Putin has finally secured the construction of a revolutionary new European X-ray research facility.
    [germany]
    [abstract and restricted access to PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 4, 200
    Wie Mäuse Gefahr wittern
    [Biochemie] [Abstract, PDF link]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 8, 22-23
    Gentherapie gegen AIDS?
    [Medizin]

  • July 2009

    (7/44)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World 28.07. (online only)
    DNA to direct and switch off chemo
    [DNA]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 13 (13.07.), 30
    review of: A short guide to the human genome, by Stewart Scherer
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 13 (14.07.), R500
    Framing research
    Presenting scientific evidence in a certain context may bias public perception significantly.
    [public understanding]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 14 (28.07.), R537-39
    Climate crunch year
    As countries around the world prepare for the crucial climate change conference in December, China tries to boost its green investment, Germany debates the pros and cons of carbon sequestration, the US debate a groundbreaking energy bill, and the UK counts the cost of mitigating climate change in the developing world.
    [climate change]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 14 (28.07.), R539-40
    At the frontline
    Mangroves are at the frontline in the fight against the consequences of climate change.
    [Earthwatch]
    [restricted access]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 7/8, 741
    Tycho Brahes Elemente

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 7/8, 779-81
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Genomik auf dem Bauernhof
    [Genomik]

  • Jun. 2009

    (11/37)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World No. 6, 40-44
    Bubble-wrapped frogs

    [nanoworld]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 12 (22.06.), 29
    Spinout stories (review of: Spin-Outs, by Graham Richards)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 12 (22.06.), 31
    Review of: The origin of life: a chemical approach by P. Herdewijn and M. V. Kisakürek
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 11 (09.06.), R427-28
    Embryonic development
    As the UK updates its pioneering Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, legal boundaries for research in the life sciences are redrawn in other countries as well.
    [environment]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 12 (23.06.), R465
    Fence protection progress
    A 20-year project of fencing in the Aberdare National Park in Kenya is nearing completion.
    [environment]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Oxford Today 21, No 3 (Trinity 2009), 17-19
    Spin doctors
    From understanding bird migration to green energy and new types of computers, Oxford scientists are developing a remarkable range of applications based on spin, a quantum mechanical property of electrons.
    [biochemistry]
    [free access]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 3, 66
    Chemischer Kompass für Vögel
    [Nanokosmos] [PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 6, 627
    Chemie der Zahl 7

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 6, 660
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Proteinstrukturen in lebenden Zellen
    [Nanokosmos]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 6, 16
    Exotischer Fossilfund im Hunsrück
    [Evolution]

  • Groß M:
    Trillium-Report 7, Nr 2, 57
    Der Geist des Netzwerks
    [Biotronik]

  • May 2009

    (7/26)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World 19.05. (online only)
    Quick-switching carbon nanotube displays
    [nanoworld]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World 01.05. (online only)
    Efficient solar cells could work in tandem
    [energy]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 10 (25.05.), 30
    Biofuels (review of: Biocatalysis and bioenergy by Ching T. Hou and Jei-Fu Shaw, eds.)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 9 (13.05.), 30
    lop-sided life (review of: The origin of chirality in the molecules of life By Albert Guijarro and Miguel Yus)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 9 (12.05.), R345-46
    Green shoots
    While the UK government presents a budget hoped to tackle economic as well as environmental challenges, other countries have taken the lead in harnessing the economic interventions for ecological gains.
    [environment]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 10 (26.05.), R389
    Germany's GM troubles
    GM crops have become a focus of controversy in Germany, as Monsanto takes the country to court over MON810.
    [environment]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Education in Chemistry 46, No 5, 78-81
    Biofuels: the next generation

    [energy]
    [free access]

  • ...

    Apr. 2009

    (7/19)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World No. 4, 50-53
    Is DNA nanotechnology coming of age?
    [nanoworld]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World 02.04. (online only)
    Light-guided hydrogels direct cell growth
    [nanoworld]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 7 (13.4.), 30
    For better, for worse (review of: The Alchemy of Air, by Thomas Hager)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 7 (14.04.), R267-8
    European dissent over GM crops
    The European Union has failed to quell the revolt among its member states over the union-wide acceptance of GM crops Soon the four rebels could gain Germany as a new ally.
    [bioethics]
    [restricted access]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 2, 66
    Wie Muskeln arbeiten: Actin-Puzzle (fast) gelöst
    [Nanokosmos] [PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 4, 378
    Konservativ oder konserviert?

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 4, 409-10
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Vom Chemiebaukasten der Zelle zum Krebsmedikament
    [Nanokosmos]

  • Mar. 2009

    (4/12)

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry World 19.03. (online only)
    Capsules with flexi-pores open wide
    [nanoworld]
    [free access]

  • Gross M:
    Chemistry & Industry No 6 (23.03.), 30
    Space exploration (review of: Titan Unveiled, by Ralph Lorenz and Jacqueline Mitton)
    [book review]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 5 (10.03.), R180-81
    Muddying the waters
    A massive renewable energy project could have major environmental impact
    [environment]
    [restricted access]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 3, 20
    Tanz der Moleküle zeigt lebendiges Bild der Zelle
    [Nanokosmos]

  • Feb. 2009

    (6/8)

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 3 (10.02.), R90-92
    Biobanks looking for trust
    A new planned biomedical databank in the US will need to win the confidence of potential contributors to succeed.
    [bioethics]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 4 (24.01.), R143-44
    Southern discomfort
    A German-Indian collaboration to study the effects of iron fertilization in the Southern Ocean is under way, after environmental concerns and a lively debate pitted German ministries against each other.
    [protein folding]
    [restricted access]

  • Gross M:
    Oxford Today 21, No 2 (Hilary 2009), 17-19
    Seeing the trees for the woods
    The University field station at Wytham Woods hosts the European base of a global research programme monitoring the responses of forests to climate change.
    [earthwatch]
    [free access]

  • Groß M:
    Chemie in unserer Zeit 42, Nr 1, 6
    Klimawandel: Dramatische pH-Änderung der Ozeane
    [Klimawandel] [PDF]

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 2, 119
    Mammut reloaded

  • Groß M:
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 57, Nr 2, 140
    Blickpunkt Biowissenschaften: Was ist eigentlich synthetische Biologie?
    [Nanokosmos]

  • Jan. 2009

    (2/2)

  • Gross M:
    Current Biology 19, No 1 (13.01.), R25-26
    Protein complexes: The evolution of symmetry (Dispatch)
    [protein folding]
    [restricted access]

  • Groß M:
    Spektrum der Wissenschaft Nr 1, 16
    Bakterielle Vereinsmeierei
    [Mikrobiologie]

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