Vol 2, no.8
News and analysis
The central position of science and technology at this year's G8 summit was driven home when Prime Minister Tony Blair made an unprecedented appearance at an RSC meeting.
The average pH of the oceans will fall by up to 0.5 units by 2100 if global emissions of carbon dioxide continue to rise at present rates.
It is now possible to control substitution of transition metals in lithium nitride and the level of lithium ion vacancies within the doped structure, report UK chemists.
Amended UK regulations covering ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate and petroleum products will come into effect at the end of June, the Health and Safety Executive has announced.
UK chemists have demonstrated a novel electrochemical method for exchanging ions in zeolites.
It's official; the world's fastest ice cream maker is polymer physicist Peter Barham from the University of Bristol, UK.
The harmful effects of 'wet work' on large parts of the population have been neglected for far too long
Chemists at British universities are getting children interested in chemistry by asking them to help develop a treatment for malaria.
Cancer research at three institutions is to benefit from the latest Proof of Concept awards announced by Scottish Enterprise.
The mystery of why some people are allergic to strawberries is about to be revealed.
Small- to medium-sized businesses in the UK are not getting the support needed to address key challenges in green product design, say leading strategists.
The unusual properties of a block co-polymer make living cells grow in a precisely defined two-dimensional pattern.
Heroin-contaminated banknotes can be identified quickly and cleanly using tandem mass spectrometry, report chemists at the University of Bristol, UK.
Current models for the formation of the Earth's mantle are probably incorrect, report US geochemists.
The exchange of just a few amino acids, chosen using a novel algorithm, can create unusually stable proteins suitable for pharmaceutical applications, report UK researchers.
Evacuating people from their homes might not be the best course of action in the wake of a chemical incident, experts announced today.
Proof that peptide secondary structures can be switched by metal ions has been provided by a model based on a well known protein motif
Chemists in the US have provided verification of the structure of their acclaimed nanoscale Borromean rings, and suggest that they can now find practical applications for the rings...
US chemists have developed a technique for investigating protein synthesis using light-responsive 'caged compounds'.
US chemists have developed a lithography process for generating organic particles of any size and shape, and produced some of the smallest ever drug delivery particles.
Freshwater mussels from the Hungarian Danube river have provided clues that arsenic pollution is more widespread than previously thought.
A microfluidic system for polymerising amino acids, which could prompt a big step forward in biopolymer synthesis, has been developed by scientists in Japan
Fully-functioning molecular circuits could be a step closer thanks to a new nanofabrication technique.
A catalyst that is soluble at high temperatures and solid at room temperature has been developed, incorporating both efficiency and recyclability.
Membrane-bound lipids slow down - like heavily-laden porters - when large molecules land on top of them, report US chemists.
Researchers further the understanding of bacterial clean-up of nuclear waste
With the barbecue season in full swing, chemists in the US are cooling things down with a claim that grilled meat might give off supercooled droplets, speeding up reactions with at...
A polyamide that folds back on itself, biting its tail, to make a compact three dimensional structure has been stumbled across by researchers in the UK
Environmentalists have confirmed high levels of toxic hexavalent chromium in the source of Santa Cruz County's drinking water, echoing the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster.
UK scientists have discovered a new and simple way to remove toxic heavy metals from water
Wrinkles in platinum layers are affected by changes to the polymer substrate before deposition, according to researchers in Japan
An improved fluorescence quencher that can analyse the products of polymerase chain reactions (PCR) has been developed by researchers in the UK
A fluorine-containing copper complex (a clathrate hydrate) that sandwiches water sheets between its layers during crystallisation has been made
A bowl-shaped supramolecular structure has been designed and made by scientists in China and Japan
Basket-shaped molecules holding pre-organised molecules in place have helped German scientists to make huge ring compounds
Spending only short lengths of time in the sun suppresses the immune system in humans, according to European researchers
A series of compounds that might restore tumour cells' sensitivity to anti-cancer drugs has been developed by chemists in the UK and US
Conventional chemistry techniques have been employed to make an important range of bismuth-based materials for nanotechnology applications
A single source has been pinpointed as the culprit for errors given by an important theoretical method
China's universities have been through several periods of reform. With government investment, they are now producing internationally recognised research. Vikki Allen looks at key u...
Microtubules play an important role in cell replication and information about the structure of these polymers might shed light on new cancer treatments. Andrew West investigates
Eating too much trans fat is bad for your health and manufacturers are working to lower the levels in foods. Fiona Case explores some of the techniques that chemists, biologists an...
Developing new chemical crop protection agents is an expensive and lengthy process. Globally, only six companies invest in exploratory research and each year only five to 10 new ag...
Collaboration is important for those wanting to keep up with Chinese science
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