As the senior digital editor for Chemical Processing, it is my duty to stay on top of new trends. One of the new trends is Bing Visual Search. (Bing is Microsoft's entry into the search universe and is attempting to steal some of Google's market share.)
I receive a lot of mail-order catalogs. I'm certain the avalanche is due to the one item I actually purchased several years ago. Now every catalog known to the civilized world is delivered to my mailbox.
One of my guilty pleasures during the workday is to visit ScienceDaily. The Web site has so many interesting stories all relating to science. I guess I shouldn't feel too guilty, I work for Chemical Processing, which is a science-based publication. And ScienceDaily has an area dedicated to chemistry.
File this under the Totally Cool category: Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new way to mix tiny volumes. Researchers use microfluidic devices for testing in bio labs and as micro-reactions cells for chemical sensing and fluid analysis.
My Grandma Doc used to tell my brother and me that "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." Of course she would say this right before she'd put us to work scrubbing floors or washing windows. Thanks to those housecleaning sessions, I have always been somewhat of a neat/clean freak.
Every other year since 1964, Chemical Processing has bestowed Vaaler Awards on products and services that dramatically improve the operation and efficiency of plants. The 2009 Awards, which honor offerings commercialized between July 2007 and June 2009, go to: