Vol 2, no.10
News and analysis
The inks favoured by manuscript writers and old masters for centuries have been destroying the works of art they created, claim Slovenian researchers.
Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the US diet, claim analysts.
Engineers have developed a way to produce hydrogen for fuel cells to recharge batteries in portable electronics, such as laptops.
Scientists in the US have developed a coating made of silica nanoparticles that will prevent fogging and could be used to harvest water in desert conditions.
The American Chemical Society has outlined its members' vision for the chemistry enterprise in 2015 at its national meeting in Washington DC.
Eighteen research chemists from five companies have been named Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for their input into improving health and well-being.
Two teams of US chemists have unveiled findings highlighting the importance of catalysis in hydrogen storage.
Medical implants for measuring glucose levels will only work effectively if they release nitric oxide (NO) at the same time, claim US researchers.
Femtolitre-sized water droplets surrounded by oil serve as test tubes for chemical investigation of just a few molecules, report US researchers.
A magazine that explains science news for primary school children in Ireland has won international acclaim.
Finnish researchers are using energy more typically found in lightening or the local Aurora Borealis to minimise the waste output from nuclear power stations.
Researchers in Switzerland and Germany have developed a set of colourful tools for characterising surface proteins on living cells.
Magnetic nanocrystals have been bound to cancer-targeting antibodies to create a highly sensitive probe for the detection of cancer in vivo.
There is far too little known about the effects of offshore wind farms on local ecosystems, warn ecologists.
Solvents with properties that can be adjusted to suit different stages of a reaction process could be just around the corner thanks to research by Canadian and US chemists.
Frogs can now be used as model organisms for chemical genetic screens.
A team of UK researchers has helped uncover the mystery of exactly how soil bacteria catalyse the reduction of nitrous oxide.
One component of olive oil - the dialdehyde oleocanthal - has the same enzyme-inhibiting effects as ibuprofen.
The passage of immune cells throughout the body is more tightly regulated than previously thought, report two independent research groups.
A team of US researchers has found a way to sniff out plastic explosives using polymer-based devices.
Taiwanese researchers have developed a new sensor for protein-protein interactions based on gold nanoparticles.
A biosensor that incorporates carbon nanotubes and metal oxide nanowires can sensitively detect the main clinical marker for prostate cancer, report researchers in the US.
Liquid crystals with blue phases that exist over a surprisingly wide temperature range will lead to new applications in photonics, say researchers.
Mussels alter their binding behaviour in response to the properties of the surface to which they are binding, report British and American researchers.
Nanotechnologists in the US and Australia have developed a simple process for creating metre-long sheets of carbon nanotubes.
Researchers are using copper complexes to look into the fine detail of the structure and folding pattern of nucleic acids.
Swiss researchers have found a way to search for new and improved versions of common drugs.
Nitrogen dioxide levels in the troposphere over China are increasing at an alarming rate far higher than had been predicted.
The high-temperature performance of gas chromatography stationary phases made from ionic liquids has been improved by polymerisation, say US researchers.
A team of Chinese and US chemists has developed a set of tri-functional nanospheres that can monitor cell death.
Taiwanese researchers have combined flow cytometry with a fluorescent technique to determine the concentration and viability of bacterial and fungal bioaerosols in environmental sa...
US researchers have developed a microfluidic device that can isolate plasma from whole blood.
A new kind of wound-healing drug could be on the way thanks to a team of UK researchers.
Researchers claim to have developed a new protecting group.
A team of Japanese and Korean researchers has mixed together banana- and rod-shaped molecules to give surprising results.
US scientists claim to have developed a lab on a chip that mimics egg cell fertilisation in live pigs.
Carbonates could hold the key to new, effective polyelectrolyte biosensors and bioreactors.
Researchers have evidence that synthetic compounds stop bacteria attaching themselves so effectively to host cells.
Researchers have made conducting polymer nanorods and nanotube Y-shaped junctions.
Prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob are invariably fatal. But, as Dennis Rouvray reports, better insights into the protein chemistry involved are leading to new therapies
Iraq's natural environment is in a dire state, but the security situation is seriously hampering the clean-up operation, as Simon Hadlington reports
Green tea promises to cure many of our ills but does it live up to expectations? Andrew Scott looks at the chemistry behind the health claims
Sustainable production is a global business and products must comply with legislation in several countries. Bea Perks looks at the different approaches in the UK, Japan, China and ...
Katharine Sanderson finds out about the merger of two companies and the birth of a new business, GE Healthcare, which aims to provide complete medical imaging and personalised heal...
Chemical site security should be broadened to include natural disasters.
The number and nature of departments delivering undergraduate chemistry degrees is changing. Paul O'Brien analyses how many are needed
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