Living in China is a group site which is showcasing some great stuff from local bloggers. Note it also has an aggregator listing posts on their individual blogs.
This post from Vivian at Shanghai Jiatong University on her work with nanotechnology caught my eye:
It has been the eighth day that I have been interrupted by difficulties in my experiment. Things are like that.
We did successfully synthesize gold nanoparticles with about 10 nanometres (nm) in diameter eight days ago in our lab. But nothing appeared when we planned to synthesize more gold nanoparticles under the same experimental conditions. Where is the gold? No one can tell me what happened. I even dreamed of being as tiny as those nanoparticles.
In the following days I worked as a detective to dig out where our gold was and which is the key factor that affected the results. I tried to change each experiment parameter but failed each time.
Read the whole thing to discover the source of the problem.
Another story I meant to link to in the past there is Interview With a 1989 Demonstrator In China.
If you haven't been there before, you may just look around and decide it's a must read. They're really setting the bar high.
Update: Since you're already in the neighborhood, don't miss the exciting news about The Amazing Mars Discovery!