Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 103Subscribe FREE January 31, 2009 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Chemistry software
Reference works
Chemical business
Chemical Tube
The Alchemist pick


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Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

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Science Accelerator
Science Accelerator searches science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and is made available by OSTI as a free public service.

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World chemical outlook
C&EN's 2009 forecasts for the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific tell a common story of how economic woes are affecting the chemical industry. Customers, worried about future demand, are delaying purchases and drawing down their inventories. In response, chemical manufacturers are cutting back production, shutting or idling plants, and in many cases, laying off workers.

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The elements song
Elements by Tom Lehrer is just one version of the elements song – almost 300,000 views as of Jan 2009.

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More about Chempedia
Antony Williams of ChemSpider (, who’s also an active participant on Wikipedia Chemistry, has commented about our coverage of Chempedia on Issue #101 of the newsletter:

"Chempedia is using Wikipedia text for all articles. If a compound monograph is missing from Chempedia then it has either not been extracted from Wikipedia (and there are examples of this…there are chemistry articles on Wikipedia that are NOT on ChemPedia) or it does not exist on ChemPedia. The compound monographs are not created on ChemPedia…they are created on Wikipedia. The “More then 3200 have contributed to this Wiki site as of Nov. 2008.” Actually are 3200 people contributing to Wikipedia that are then shown on Chempedia."

For more information about this topic, see Antony Williams' blog .

Thanks Tony.

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Joe diesel
Mano Misra, Susanta Mohapatra, and Narasimharao Kondamudi of the University of Nevada-Reno are hoping that waste coffee grounds could be used to make an environment-friendly vehicle fuel of the future. Every time you have a cup of Joe, those filter dregs are wasted. The Nevada team, however, explain that spent coffee grounds contain between 11 and 20 percent vegetable oil by weight, which is about the same as traditional feedstocks for biofuels including rapeseed, palm, and soybean oil. The researchers are planning to develop a pilot plant to produce and test the experimental fuel in 2009.
Waste coffee grounds offer new source of biodiesel fuel

Read more hot chemistry news from's newsletter: The Alchemist.

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4th Annual SmartLab Exchange, taking place on 2nd - 4th March, 2009
in London is regarded as Europe’s leading meeting for the laboratory informatics community. Don’t miss the opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange and benchmarking with the highest level of experts from top-flight global organizations in the pharmaceutical, FMCG, cosmetic and chemical industries. The meeting is invitation only, so to request the invitation please visit:, call us on +44 (0)207 368 9300 or email:

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The 62th API China 12-14 May 2009 Xi'an
API China is China's leading exhibition for the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector covering the complete spectrum of products from raw material, fine chemical, intermediate, ingredients, processing machinery and packaging machinery.It is an event for international buyers to meet Asian sellers especially Chinese ingredients manufacturers.

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KOREA CHEM 2009 is the ONLY EXHIBITION in KOREA for Chemical plant/equipment processing, Laboratory, Pharmaceutical/Packaging materials and machinery. KOREA CHEM exhibition will be the best place to initiate or expand your business not only in Korea chemical industry, but also in Asia-pacific.
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Malvern Instruments Ltd.
Malvern is a leading supplier of analytical solutions for particle characterization (size, shape, zeta potential, molecular weight) and rheological applications. Advanced technologies are combined with robust mechanical designs and comprehensive software to provide on-line, at-line and off-line solutions for QA/QC, control and development applications. An extensive support service facilitates the exploitation of any given system.

Perry Videx
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Lubrizol Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation is an international fluid technology company concentrating on high performance chemicals, systems and services for industry and transportation. Visit

Chemistry Software
Software for the Chemical Laboratory including Chemical Inventory, Sample Tracking, Instrument Maintenance and MSDS Management. Call us to arrange a web demo or to request product information.

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