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Trump’s great chemistry with Chinese president Xi Jinping is actually not that great – Quartz

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Ever since their first real-life encounter earlier this month, US president Donald Trump has been touting the great chemistry he has with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Xi might feel less enthusiastic. In their latest call, which took place during Beijings morning today (April 24), Xi urged Trump to show restraint over the issue of North Korea, which might be preparing its sixth nuclear test for a military holiday being held tomorrow. The two leaders also discussed Chinas troublesome neighbor at their Mar-a-Lago meeting and during a follow-up call.

On April 12 Trump told the Wall Street Journal (paywall) that he has offered Xi better trade deals in exchange for help on confronting North Korea. We have a great chemistry together. We like each other. I like him a lot. I think his wife is terrific, he said.

Last week Trump sat down with the Associated Press to talk about the first 100 day of his administration. This time he also used the phrase great chemistry to describe his relationship with other world leaders, including Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and German chancellor Angela Merkel (whom Trump awkwardly ignored while she tried to shake his hand at the White House last month).

Of course Xi was on the list, too. When asked to elaborate on his chemistry with Xi, Trump took Chinas hardening stance against North Korea as an example:

Look, he [Xi] turned down many coal ships. These massive coal ships are coming where they get a lot of their income. Theyre coming into China and theyre being turned away. Thats never happened before. The fuel, the oil, so many different things.

There appears to be some truth about the coal. As for the oil, thats less clear.

In February, China announced a ban on coal imports from North Korea, following the rogue nations then-latest missile test and alleged assassination of its rulers half-brother. After the Trump-Xi meeting, Chinese customs authorities reportedly ordered domestic firms to return North Korean coal shipments, although it appears such shipments were also being turned back before then. Official data also show Chinese imports of North Korean coal halved in the first quarter from a year ago. Beijing said in late February that by doing this it was complying with UN sanctions adopted in November, which it had not been strictly following.

Things are different when it comes to oil. North Korea relies almost entirely on China for its oil supply, and would suffer greatly without it. Beijing appears to have neither frozen nor reduced oil exports to its isolated neighbor. Doing so remains an option to punish Pyongyang for another nuclear test, according to Chinese experts and state newspapers, but their stances dont necessarily reflect official policy.

Meanwhile Trump said he has backtracked from his threat to label China a currency manipulator not only because Xi is working with him on containing North Korea, but also because China has stopped artificially lowering its currency since Trump took office. He told AP:

But President Xi, from the time I took office, he has not, they have not been currency manipulators. Because theres a certain respect because he knew I would do something or whatever.

He went on to say that, since he became president, Beijing has used a very specific formula to prop up its currency. But its unclear what hes referring to. China stopped keeping its currency artificially low about 10 years ago. Since 2015, Chinas central bank has started to strengthen the yuans value in an attempt to combat capital outflows amid the nations economic slowdown, and indeed has spent about $1 trillion in that effort.

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Silverman: Matt Barnes’ pitch leads to dangerous chemistry – Boston Herald

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

BALTIMORE All Matt Barnes had to do yesterday was drill Manny Machado in the butt like Pedro would have done with the Bambino.

Instead, by sailing a pitch behind Machados head, Barnes woke up the Bambino, the Orioles and this is most damning his own team leader.

He also ensured that these hostilities will likely linger until at least the next Red Sox-Orioles series.

Cant anybody here play this game the right way?

By not exacting revenge correctly, Barnes blew up a chance to broker a truce with the Orioles.

The pitch also caused a self-inflicted wound that doesnt help the Sox own harmony and chemistry.

Its too soon to assess the damage not with a wound this fresh.

Thats not how you do that, man Im sorry to (Machado) and his team, said Dustin Pedroia after the 6-2 Sox win. If youre going to protect guys, you do it right away. He knows that. We both know that. Its definitely a mishandled situation. There was zero intention of him trying to hurt me, he just made a bad slide (when) he did hurt me (Friday night). Its baseball, man. Im not mad at him. I love Manny Machado. I love playing against him. I love watching him. If I slid into third base and got Mannys knee, I know Im going to get drilled. Thats baseball. I get drilled, and I go to first base. Thats it.

Teammates dont throw shade on teammates real often.

Especially Pedroia.

Barnes, Pedroia and manager John Farrell all swore that the right-handed reliever was not aiming at Machados head. Theres no reason to doubt that or malign Barnes, who is the opposite of a bad egg.

But the videotape will always show that his pitch was a couple inches away from hitting Machados head and causing who knows what kind of terrible injury.

Nobody wants to be labeled a head-hunter.

In the minds of most of those who live in Baltimore or play for the Orioles, Barnes was head-hunting yesterday.

You can kill a guy doing that, said Os pitcher Kevin Gausman.

It didnt matter that Barnes wasnt trying to bean Machado, just as it doesnt matter that Machado wasnt trying to maim Pedroia when he slid past second base, spikes high and landed on Pedroias left leg, injuring his knee and ankle and keeping him out of game action for two games and counting.

Intent is not the issue now.

Revenge, justice, long memories and baseballs inscrutable and uncodified code are still in play.

Barnes aim was more than lousy. It was inflammatory.

I think it was completely obvious havent seen a guy miss that bad in a while, behind a guys head I dont think theres any question about it, said Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter was relatively subdued.

Whether he threw at him or not, Ill let him and the good Lord answer, said Showalter. Im not going to get into that.

Machado himself took a long time to come out and meet the media. Before he did, he had plenty of time to see the TV replays that caught his exchanges across the diamond with Pedroia, where Pedroia was telling him that he wouldnt have handled the situation like that.

He also received a text from Pedroia.

You never want to get hit in the head, intentionally or not, it doesnt matter, you dont want to get hit in the head, said Machado.

Im going to respect Pedey to the end of this day, I look up to a guy like that. Whatever he says and whatever is going on that side is up to them and their situation. At the end of day he knows what happened, and I respect him to the end of the day. He shot me a text. Its just part of the game, part of baseball. We all grind out there. We all play hard. We all play hard for each other and hard for the team we play against.

Machado and the rest of the Orioles drew kudos from Showalter for not letting their emotions get the best of them.

They all, believe me, wanted to do something about it, said Showalter, who made sure to come out on the field and put himself in between Machado and the nearest Red Sox after the pitch. I really respect the courage our players had today.

Barnes sounded appropriately miserable.

I would never ever intentionally throw at somebodys head, said Barnes. Thats kind of a line you dont cross. Im sorry that it kind of ended up that high and fortunately it didnt hit him but I think hes got every right to be mad that that one got loose.

Yes, Machado was mad, as are the Orioles and Pedroia.

This will settle down, but it wont be forgotten.

All because Barnes could not drill someone the right way.

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Trump boasts of ‘great chemistry’ with Germany, China and Egypt – New York Daily News

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

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Court: UT Austin Can’t Revoke Chemistry Ph.D. – Inside Higher Ed

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Court: UT Austin Can't Revoke Chemistry Ph.D.
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A Texas appeals court last week granted an injunction to a 2008 chemistry Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin who's fighting to keep her doctorate after accusations of scientific misconduct. Suvi Orr's dissertation paper was retracted for

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WCSU chemistry students present research at national conference – HamletHub

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Thirteen Western Connecticut State University students who are candidates this year to receive Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry or biochemistry presented their senior research projects at the recent 2017 American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition held in San Francisco.

The students, who have conducted research during the past year in the laboratories of Chemistry Department faculty mentors at WCSU, were accepted by the ACS to participate in the Chemical Education exhibition held during the annual meeting in April, which attracted approximately 18,000 chemistry professionals, academics and students from the United States and worldwide. In addition to presenting their research and viewing the work of fellow chemistry students in a professional conference setting, the ACS National Meeting afforded the opportunity for the WCSU participants to attend lectures on pioneering chemistry research investigations and attend workshops and career fairs useful in pursuing graduate studies and employment in the chemistry field.

Western students who presented their research at the ACS National Meeting include: Sumra Akhlaq, Sadia Alam, Freddy Balarezo, Gursimran Kaur, Madiha Khan, Trevor Lyons and Edwin Rojas, all of Danbury; Douglas Fleischmann, of Brookfield; Alexander Bieber and Li Shan Lin, both of New Milford; Charbel Khalil, of Sandy Hook; Robert Mownn, of Shelton; and Doneisha Coleman, of West Haven. WCSU student Maximilian Krainer, of New Fairfield, also attended the conference.

WCSU Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nicholas J. Greco, who accompanied the students to San Francisco, observed that Western students have participated in the conference for the past three decades, but that this years delegation represented the largest and most diverse group of participants ever to represent the university at the ACS National Meeting. They were able to interact with students and faculty from around the world, present and defend their research, critically analyze their work and learn what everyone else in the field is doing, Greco said. This experience provides validation that the research they are doing is important and relevant to the chemical community.

Ive never seen so many people with similar research interests in the same place, Fleischmann remarked about his experience in presenting at the conference. His research project, mentored by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Daniel Baluha, has involved using infrared spectroscopy to study the chemical composition of humic substances, the complex mixture of organic materials found in soil as well as in many aquatic environments. I found five other individuals who are doing the same kind of research that Im doing, only with different methodologies, he said. I learned how were all working to improve our understanding of chemistry, and we were able to communicate our research issues and find out how to improve our experiments.

Kaurs research has focused on characterization of an enzyme found in the bacterium that causes the lung disease form of tuberculosis, an area of basic research that ultimately holds promise for investigation of pharmaceutical development for treatment of the disease. She credited her research adviser, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Anne Roberts, for helpful mentoring and noted that, as a chemistry student at Western, I have found all my professors so supportive. When I enrolled in the program, I thought it would be very difficult and felt intimidated at first, but in this supportive environment the chemistry faculty have helped me to succeed.

Beibers project, mentored by Professor of Chemistry Dr. Yuan Mei-Ratliff, has explored methods to achieve optimal performance of a type of resin used to determine the quantities of specific pharmaceuticals found in waste water. He described his experience at the ACS National Meeting as eye-opening. It was really cool to walk into an exposition hall and see hundreds of companies, vendors and recruiters from the chemical industry, and so many poster presentations by students with the same interests as mine.

Beiber, who transferred to Western from a larger college to pursue his chemistry degree, remarked that its awesome how personal our professors have made our educational experience. We can approach every professor we have, and they make sure that we master what we need to know. I had a tough path to get here, and my professors have helped me every step of the way.

At the May WCSU commencement, 21 students will receive bachelors degrees in either chemistry or biochemistry, and a total of 85 undergraduates currently are enrolled as chemistry or biochemistry majors. Greco said that the chemistry program at Western prepares students equally well for pursuit of studies for an advanced degree or for employment after graduation in industry, and this is reflected in the roughly even split between graduates who continue on to graduate school or enter the workplace. Among the students who attended the ACS conference, many plan to pursue graduate studies at institutions including Georgetown University, Tufts University, the SUNY College of Optometry, the University of Buffalo and the University of Connecticut.

Greco observed that WCSU chemistry students senior research projects are designed to provide one-on-one learning experiences with their faculty advisers, and customized to address each students specific area of interest in chemistry investigation. Kaur, Fleischmann and Bieber all remarked that their faculty advisers provided useful guidance when they began their projects, but also afforded wide latitude to design and pursue their own projects as they progressed.

The majority of the time we spend in the classroom and the lab is to teach our students how to do research, Greco said. We are giving them the tools that will help them to go out and apply what they have learned when they leave Western.

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Global Biotechnology Reagents Market to Grow at a CAGR of 10.13 … – Yahoo Finance

Posted: April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

DUBLIN, Apr. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Biotechnology Reagents Market 2017-2021” report to their offering.

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The global biotechnology reagents market to grow at a CAGR of 10.13% during the period 2017-2021.

The report, Global Biotechnology Reagents Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Ready-to-use reagents help minimize calculation, dilution, and pipetting errors. They reduce the duration of the diagnostic procedure and prevent contamination of samples. These factors have resulted in the demand for ready-to-use reagents among clinical laboratories and hospitals.

According to the report, the biotechnology industry is spending a huge amount on R&D to innovate new techniques and technologies. The companies are more focused to improve the products, their quality, and standards. The biotech companies are majorly spending on protein synthesis, drug assessment, therapeutics, DNA and RNA analysis, and cell culture applications. Biotechnology reagents are used in all the processes.

Further, the report states that biotechnology instruments are often complex and require sophisticated software for various measurement procedures. To operate the instruments and analyze a sample, the user must have a significant level of training with not only the method and the instrument but also the software required to run the analysis and the collection of data.

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