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Chemistry World December 2010
Chemistry World Podcast
1.26: Using host-guest chemistry as molecular velcro
4.45: Nanotubes defuse explosives
8.09: University of Bayreuth's Thomas Scheibel untangles the web of research on artificially reproducing the properties of spiders silk
16.18: Inhaled nanoparticles, from there to where?
20.15: World's smallest chromatography column
23.00: University of Western Ontario's Darcy O'Neil explains the chemistry behind making the perfect cocktail
29.45: Nanoparticles makes leaves glow
32.48: Molecular motors find reverse gear
Chemical trivia of the month: How much more efficient than the average human, does Santa's liver need to be to keep him below the drink drive limit on Christmas Eve, if he has a drink at every house he visits, whilst delivering presents?
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Read more about this month's stories
14 November 2010
Polymer cubes recognise each other's surface molecules to partner up and stick together on contact
05 November 2010
Researchers have used carbon nanofibres to separate components of a highly sensitive explosive system to make it much safer to use
For years scientists have tried and failed to artificially reproduce the properties of spider silk. Michael Gross untangles the latest strands of research
07 November 2010
The size and surface charge of nanoparticles affects where they end up in the body after they are inhaled
04 November 2010
Single metal-organic framework crystals can be used to separate mixtures of dyes just like a miniature chromatography column
Can't we just enjoy cocktails at Christmas without worrying about the science behind them? Not if the molecular mixologists get their way. Hayley Birch ventures to the bar
22 October 2010
Can street lights be replaced by trees? Taiwanese scientists believe that they can using gold nanoparticles to induce luminescence in leaves
01 November 2010
Researchers use simple chemistry to trigger molecular rotary motors to switch direction
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