A leap from a frog to understand nerves

A detailed study of molecules called N-glycans in frog embryos suggests they play a vital role in developing the nervous systems in vertebrates, including ourselves.

Pick of the Week: Predicting metal oxide catalysis

This week’s Chemical Science Pick of the Week describes how the formation energy of oxygen vacancies in metal oxides is an accurate descriptor of the energy input needed for C–O and N–O bond scission.

Greener, cheaper MOF synthesis

Our ChemSci Pick of the Week demonstrates the scalable synthesis of metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) using ultrasonic or acoustic frequencies – rather than solvent-based approaches.

Splitting water with light

Our ChemSci Pick of the Week describes a metal oxide photocatalyst that can efficiently use sunlight to produce hydrogen from water, which could help tackle environmental issues and resource shortages.

(VIDEO) Improving the clarity of MRI scans

In this week’s pick, researchers have developed a molecular complex that could lead to high-quality MRI scans with lower toxicity than current methods.

Speeding up reactions

In today's ChemSci Pick of the Week, a team of scientists from China and the US have come up with a method for speeding up organic synthesis reactions by spraying and recycling solvents.

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