Chemical Abstracts Service Registry to hit 50 million substances soon

US CAS REGISTRY on track to register 50 millionth chemical substance 18 Aug 2009

"Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, has announced that it is on track to register the 50 millionth unique chemical substance on September 7. The CAS REGISTRY claims to be the most comprehensive and high-quality compendium of publicly disclosed chemical information. This milestone comes only 9 months after CAS registered its 40 millionth substance.

REGISTRY is the only integrated comprehensive source of chemical information from a full range of patent and journal literature that is curated and quality controlled by scientists working around the world. For more than 100 years, CAS scientists and colleagues in several nations have meticulously analysed and indexed publicly disclosed global scientific information to build up the unique REGISTRY resource that provides not only chemical names, the unique CAS Registry Number, and vital literature references but also ancillary information such as experimental and predicted property data (boiling and melting points, etc.), commercial availability, preparation details, spectra, and regulatory information from international sources.

CAS scientists follow rigorous criteria that maintain high quality and reliability of information in its REGISTRY. Scientists identify reputable sources and use consistent analysis before registering a substance. REGISTRY is available to scientists through CAS’ product, SciFinder, and its STN family of products. With these advanced search and analysis technologies, CAS helps scientists find reliable information that is vital to their research process."

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, 8/18/09

AAAS — Communicating Science

"Science Communication to take center stage at AAAS Annual Pacific Division meeting – 13 Aug 2009

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced that attendees of its 90th Annual Pacific Division Meeting, scheduled for August 17, 2009, in San Francisco, will get to learn about the latest efforts in science communication from some of the leading experts in the field. The symposium is called ‘Good Science is Only Part of the Job: Communicating Science to the Public’.

As science has become a larger part of the cultural landscape, researchers have frequently found themselves navigating the difficult waters of policies and politics. It has become increasingly necessary for scientists to work with the media to assure accurate portrayals of science issues so there can be better understanding by the public and therefore better decisions by policy makers. Each of the presentations will address how scientists can be better equipped to manage different media when sharing research and information with the public.

Hank Campbell, founder of, an independent online science community, will chair the symposium and present ‘Why Communicating Science Is Important.’ Greg Critser, science and health book author, long time science and medical journalist, will discuss how to use journalistic methods to transform research into compelling media discourse – from newspapers and magazines to the Internet and the blogo-sphere, in ‘Interacting with science journalists.’

Prof. Michael Eisen, Department of Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, will discuss efforts to reinvent scientific communication. Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director for the National Center for Science Education, will discuss how science is a product of human beings, which means it is affected by human institutions including politics. Dr. Michael White, Department of Genetics and Center for Genome Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, will discuss science communication misfires and how science bloggers deflated the hype over the Ida fossil, exposed a stealth creationist paper in a peer-reviewed journal, and have relentlessly pummeled dubious claims about vaccines, stem cells, climate change, and personalised medicine, in ‘Blazing Your Own Trail: Writing Directly to the Public.’"

Source (verbatim):  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, August 13th.

Nature’s “Omics Gateway”

"The Omics Gateway: Making sense of large data

With a new look and improved functionality, the Omics Gateway just made it easier to keep up with the latest developments in large-scale and high-throughput studies. The Omics Gateway gives you access and updates to the most important papers in data-driven biological research, as well as free access to highlight articles – all in one comprehensive site. We’ve compiled all the information and made it easier for you to browse by subject or by organisms with our virtual “Tree of life”.

Visit the Omics Gateway today!"

Source: the August Life Science Update from Nature Publishing Group