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Highlights in Chemical Science

News from across RSC Publishing.

Issue 11

Research Highlights

Seals carry pollution burden

The seals of east Greenland have much higher levels of a bromine-based pollutant than those in other parts of the Arctic, a study has found.

Scientists promote abstinence to control insect numbers

Disrupting sexual signalling in the Queensland fruit fly, the most destructive horticultural pest in Australia, could save farmers millions, local chemists say.

Artificial enzymes that outdo nature?

A highly selective catalyst that works like an artificial enzyme has been made using the molecule-targeting system that nature uses to combat infection.

Welcome news for beer-lovers

European researchers have unravelled the missing step in understanding how light causes the flavour of beer to go off.

Fashion sense solves crystal structures

Computer models that mimic the patterns of human social behaviour are helping chemists to determine the molecular structures of powders.

Enzyme fingerprints to advance drug discovery

A technique to identify enzymes involved in the spread of cancer, could aid the development of new drugs.

Victoria proton sponge rises to catalytic challenge

Reactions involving organometallic catalysts can now be watched as they happen, thanks to research cooked up at the University of Victoria in Canada.

Standard solution for bakers' asthma

A reproducible method for analysing flour dust should enable accurate measurement of the allergens that give rise to bakers' asthma.

Ionic liquids get in the zone

A way to crystallise ionic liquids with very low melting points will make it easier to determine their structure, and could be used to purify them.

Nanocars get into top gear

Since their widely reported invention, the development of fullerene-wheeled nanocars hasn't stood still.

Building bifluoride bridges

A team of scientists from the US, the UK and Germany has been the first to deliberately use a bifluoride building block to make a three-dimensional coordination polymer.

Fullerene rods in a flash

High quality hexagonal fullerene rods with sub-micrometre dimensions can be made by a quick and simple bench-top process.

Making the most of apricot and cashew nut leftovers

Apricot and cashew nut by-products can be used as renewable feedstocks to make nanomaterials, say researchers in the US.

Additional Web Content

Molecular clamps keep reagents under control

Molecular clamps can give precise control over the formation of thymine dimers.

Brazil nuts' selenium storing secrets revealed?

Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium, an essential trace element, and now scientists have identified 15 selenium-containing peptides in the tasty treats.

Essential Elements

More choice...RSC Open Science

RSC Publishing is pleased to announce its plans to offer increased publishing choices for its journal authors.

Think nano...think RSC

The RSC's collection of nano-related publications continues to get bigger.

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