Newsletter of Useful Web Sources No. 115 Subscribe FREE January 31, 2010 

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This issue of the newsletter highlights Web sites in the following categories:
Drug discovery
Chemical marketplace
Chemistry software
Chemical industry business
The Alchemist pick
Reader's suggestion


ChEMBL Database
A new database of information on the properties and activities of drugs and drug-like small molecules and their targets, launched in January 2010 with data on more than 520,000 compounds. The database is now hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) having been transferred from biotech firm Galapagos NV in July 2008 through a GBP4.7 million (about \$7.6m) Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust. ChEMBLdb is unique in focusing on drug discovery and because of its size; 520,000 small molecules and 2.4 million records of their effects on biological systems.

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AcademicInfo – online schools
AcademicInfo aims to cover all aspects of online and distance education. From Accreditation, Test Preparation to guides on respective subject areas, AcademicInfo will also provide current and aspiring students with a myriad of degree and courses for those looking to enhance their professional credential as well as those seeking personal development.

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A new chemical billboard is in town – ChemiGo. Based in Germany, provides an online marketplace where professionals can manage the purchasing and selling of chemicals around the world while saving time and money.

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The Bioclipse project is aimed at creating a Java-based, open source, visual platform for chemo- and bioinformatics based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). This awarded software is developed as a collaboration between the Proteochemometric Group, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Research Group for Molecular Informatics at Cologne University Bioinformatics Center (CUBIC).

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2010 World chemical outlook
"Business people are optimists by nature, and that trait comes through in their predictions for the chemical enterprise’s year ahead. Beaten and bruised by two years of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, they still expect better times in 2010." Read the full story at the Jan. 11th issue of C&En.

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Golden route from methane to ethene
Ethene (ethylene) is usually produced as a chemical feedstock for the industry by catalytic cracking of fossil fuel fractions. Now, Thorsten Bernhardt at the University of Ulm, Germany and Uzi Landman at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, have found a way to convert methane (natural gas) into ethylene at low pressures and temperatures using free gold dimers to catalyze the reaction. Both the activation of the carbon-hydrogen bonds in methane and the subsequent splitting off of the ethylene molecule require the cooperative actions of several atoms bound to the gold dimer, the team explains. "Our insights are not only of fundamental interest, but may also be of practical use," they add.
Golden Pairs

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

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Chemical Watch
Chemical Watch sends out a free news alert email every week and has free access to Consortia and REACH Toolkit. Although we are a subscription based news service we do have a lot of free information and have over 60,000 readers per month.

Special thanks to:
June Meagher
Environment Analyst Research & Publishing

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11th China International Agrochemical & Crop Protection Exhibition
After many years of effort, CAC Exhibition received a successful congratulation. Many more exhibitors participated visited CAC 2009 in Shanghai than the previous year because Shanghai is very vivid in the matter of commerce. According to official statistics, the number of visitors reached 13,697, along with 651 exhibitors with 956 booths. CAC has been a large professional exhibition and has a great influence in the related industries.

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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.

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