News May 2005
Efficient water management is imperative for chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies, report claims.
US chemists have developed a bioinformatics-based approach to successfully design inhibitors that target only two protein kinases.
British chemists are meeting to discuss findings from the longest-running and most detailed yet survey of atmospheric chemistry in Antarctica.
A bedside cabinet with antimicrobial properties has been designed to help prevent the spread of MRSA in hospitals.
Chemistry research has received a significant boost through grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aimed at funding key areas at risk
Finnish Biotech company Finnzymes won the €10 000 (£6 740) BioFinland prize at last month's BioFinland 05 congress in Helsinki, Finland
A polymer-based product that removes the corked taste from wine goes on sale on 1 June 2005.
A drug for patients with Gleevec-resistant chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) has passed Phase I clinical trials and has just entered Phase II.
Ministers in charge of the Bologna Process met in Bergen, Norway to adopt an overarching framework for qualifications in the European Higher Education Area.
Researchers have stumbled across the perfect alkyne catalyst.
EU scientists have put forward a wish list of 23 large-scale research infrastructures that will could be developed in the seventh framework programme.
A cure for West Nile Virus (WNV) has come a step closer with the development of a treatment for the infection in mice and a trial vaccine for humans.
Proteomics study flags up biomarkers for the chronic eye disease blepharitis
Management of knowledge in terms of education, research and innovation will be crucial to Europe, according to Janez Potocnik, European commissioner for science and research.
New generation nanotubes could lead to nanowires and drug delivery systems
Hydrogen (H2) offers a sustainable energy carrier to replace fossil fuels, but storing the large volumes of H2 needed provides a serious challenge.
John Innes Centre faces a restructuring programme
New rapid immunochemical test detects nut allergens fast
Mexican experts discuss clean energy with G8 representatives
An eggy whiff could be the scent of things to come in the operating theatre if the promise of recent research is realised.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) has released the first version of its long-awaited International Chemical Identifier.
Food chemists in the US - a nation with a term for the hard bits of popcorn that don't go pop - have discovered a way to maximise pop-ability.
The University of Durham, UK, has launched an integrated biological chemistry centre to develop interdisciplinary research in biological chemistry and bioengineering.
By taking advantage of nanoshells' optical properties, researchers from Rice University, Houston, US, have developed a method to simultaneously image and kill cancer cells.
UK hospital trusts are better prepared to deal with chemical incidents than they were five years ago, but the design of protective suits and tents still needs work
New work adds weight to the hypothesis that proteins alone are the infectious agent in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including BSE, vCJD and scrapie.
Using ab initio calculations, researchers in Switzerland and Italy have now found a rational explanation for spooky molecular memories.
The aggregations of tangled nerves in patients with neurodegenerative disease could be good rather than bad news, argue scientists in the US.
Airborne pesticides must be taken much more seriously when assessing risks of pesticide use, caution environmental chemists.
UK researchers to transcend departmental divisions
UN report records the consequences of ecosystem change
Chemistry departments can now get involved in the next RAE
Chemists across Europe are pushing for a higher profile for chemical science in the European Commission's seventh framework programme for research.
Harry Gray, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded $970 000 (£518 000) to study the structures, dynamics, and misfolding of malignant pr...
A blue plaque honouring two of Manchester's celebrated chemists, Edward Frankland and Henry Enfield Roscoe, has been unveiled in the city.
Commercial advice for start-up competitors
Not everyone in China welcomes the unprecedented growth in the country's chemical industry
The chemical sector is a clear winner among this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise, announced at the end of April.
Chemists make the case for nano nomenclature
The anti-impotence drug viagra offers a potential treatment for pregnant women at risk of developing preeclampsia
Australia faces a looming shortage of chemists that could endanger the emerging bio-technology and nanotechnology industries, fields that are expected to shape the nation's future ...
Scientific research in Asia could be pushing the US into second place, according to a US public policy expert.
The age of vintage sherries can be authenticated using statistics
Antibacterial polymers designed to distinguish between bacteria and human cells
Gas-phase spectroscopy on large molecules confirms their structure
Chinese researchers have developed the first soluble polyurethane (PU) with controllable properties that could make it suitable for biomedical applications.
Modified nucleotides highlight binding by antibodies
An iridium complex has been developed as a red-light emitting material for use in organic light emitting diodes (OLED).
Nanophotocatalysts are killing cancer and viruses by producing destructive oxygen species.
A cheap, portable method to determine gene mutations, suitable for use in hospital labs, has been developed by US scientists.
A method to synthesise diverse libraries of carbohydrate clusters quickly and simply has been developed.
Geochemists study molten droplets from meteorite impact
A polymeric material that changes colour when an electric current is applied has been developed by scientists in Germany.
Researchers add compounds to database of chemical weapons
A common weed could help decontaminate water in the developing world
Insulin proteins pass on their structural information and add to amyloid research
The human genome is being used to produce a new generation of drugs that target the genetic changes responsible for individual cancers.
Academics team up with chemical companies to investigate catalysis
The first steps towards performing routine NMR spectroscopy in ionic liquids have been taken by a group of scientists working in Germany.
Fusing proteins together as they interact means their actions can be analysed
Processes for decomposing pesticides and chemical warfare agents are being unravelled by Canadian scientists.
Carbon nanotube sensors to selectively analyse gas samples
Induced isomerisation causes iron to switch its spin state
The discovery of a process crucial to cell growth regulation could improve understanding of cancer and ageing
Combining controlled polymerisation and 'click' chemistry
New gels could allow artwork to be cleaned without causing damage
A simple chemical alteration can make a molecule that normally forms gels in organic solvents switch to making gels in water.
Arginine-rich peptides use anions to cross membranes in biological systems, say Swiss researchers.
Pomegranate juice reverses the development of atherosclerosis at the level of gene activation, report researchers in Italy and the US.
Solid state NMR can determine the details of complex amyloids