Cover article in Nature Chemistry


A research team from the University of Calgary and the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Ottawa) has published a cover article in Nature Chemistry

J.A. Hurd, R. Vaidhyanathan, V. Thangadurai, C.I. Ratcliffe, I.L. Moudrakovski and G.K.H. Shimizu, "Proton Conduction at 150°C in a Nanoporous Metal-Organic Framework," Nature Chemistry 1 (2009) 705-710. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.402

"Materials built from metal centres and organic ligands have traditionally attracted attention for their channels' host–guest properties. Now, controlling the occupancy of the channels by guest molecules has resulted in a framework that conducts protons under anhydrous conditions and acts as a gas-tight membrane, offering a promising approach to fuel-cell electrolytes."

Solid-state NMR spectroscopy was instrumental in this research.

The paper is also accompanied by the Nature's commentary:

Hiroshi Kitagawa, "Metal–organic frameworks: Transported into fuel cells," Nature Chemistry 1 (2009) 689-690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.454

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Jan Pronk on Putting Climate Change agreements into action.wmv

Interview with Jan Pronk, on "Putting Climate Change agreements into action" Jan Pronk is former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (1998 2002) and former Minister for Development Co-operation (1989 1994) of The Netherlands. Pronk was also the Chairman 6th Conference of Parties UN Convention on Climate Change (2000-2001) and Special Envoy Secretary General United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003). He is a Special Advisor to the Earth ...
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Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry Released - Download it now!

Sugar Labs has released Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry - the platform agnostic version of the Sugar Learning Platform. Sugar is in use by over one-million children around the world,

Blueberry Updates

This latest version of Sugar offers simpler navigation, improved wireless networking, streamlined updating of Activities for children, easier keyboard configuration, better Gnash support for Adobe Flash content, and more. New Activities such as Physics and OOo4Kids join updated favorites such as Browse and Read, suitable for reading e-books.

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The "climategate" virus spreads [The Island of Doubt]

I use the term "climategate" reluctantly because the stolen climatology email story has little in common with Watergate. Those who would deny the physical reality of climate change seem to have latched onto the meme, however, and it is my sad news to report that the essence of the meme, if not that particular label, is spreading further than I originally feared. The latest casualty is Canada's Globe and Mail.

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Maurice Strong thoughts on Climate Change

Interview with Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of the 92 Earth Summit and Earth Charter Commissioner, on Climate Change. By Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International. September 2009
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Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry Released - Download it now!

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Met Office to release records that show global temperature rise

8/12/2009 Guardian The UK Met Office will tomorrow release records from nearly 2,000 measuring stations showing a rise in global average land temperatures around the world, in a move that may help dampen the row over the hacked emails between scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
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Met Office figures confirm noughties as warmest decade in recorded history

8/12/2009 Guardian  The past 10 years have been the warmest decade recorded in 160 years, despite 1998 being the warmest year on record.Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organisation, presents a chart showing the year 2009 is likely to rank as the warmest on record. The past 10 years have been the warmest in recorded [...]

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