Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 14, Issue 4; April 2007

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Patent changes in USA
A new judgement from the U.S. Supreme Court may make it easier to challenge patents by requiring them not to be obvious.

Chemical Kinetics Simulation
IBM's Chemical Kinetics Simulator program (CKS) is available for downloading from the IBM website and can simulate complex chemical kinetics in gas, solution and solid phases.

Professor Nina Nikolova-Jeliazkova from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences works on a number of projects in chemical informatics including AMBIT - software for chemoinformatic data management.

ChemSpider makes available a database of chemical structures and predicted properties as well as providing access to a series of property prediction algorithms. Its database currently has over ten million compounds, and was written by 'ChemZoo' which currently appears not to have a website. A significant amount of the data is gathered from PubChem.

RefViz from Thomson searches and analyses references visually for major themes. A free trial is available.

BioMed Central and Chemistry Central Blogs
BioMed Central, PhysMath Central and Chemistry Central have started blogs.

Publishing Technology plc
VISTA and Ingenta have merged to create Publishing Technology plc, which will be the "largest provider of specific software solutions to the publishing industry".

CHEMAPPS is a software company which produces SARvision for the analysis of chemical data sets. It also makes available a glossary for medicinal chemistry.

MDL/Elsevier acquires the Beilstein database
MDL/Elsevier has acquired the Beilstein Database (but not the Beilstein Institute). Both the production and marketing of the Beilstein Database have been managed by Elsevier since 1998.

QSAR World
QSAR World is a free online resource dedicated to QSAR from Strand Life Sciences.

PCC is free software for searching and integrating chemical structures and scientific data, but only runs on PCs.

NASA to go metric
Just more than a century after the Mendenhall Order which adopted the metre and kilogram as the fundamental standards of length and mass in the United States, NASA has decided to use the metric system for all journies to the moon. The NIST has a metric programme, that " seeks to accelerate the Nation's transition to the metric system". Most countries already use the metric system.

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