Scientists in the US have have perfected the conversion of rubber tyre waste into high quality graphene.
Scientists in the US report modelling a carbon capture process that can make a profit. This relies on a ‘water-lean’ solvent developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) over the past 12 years.
New ‘sweat stickers’ may improve the early diagnosis of cystic fibrosis by allowing scientists to easily gather and analyse sweat from the skin of infants and children, researchers have reported. When tested, the new stickers matched the performance of previous, more cumbersome devices. Read the C&I news article.
Aromatic molecules and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are familiar in biology and in food and medicines. Scientists have long suspected the presence of PAHs in space, but new research, detailed in nine papers published in recent months, provides the first definitive proof of their occurrence in molecular clouds. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Scientists in Japan have revealed molecular mechanisms involved in eliminating unwanted body cells. A nuclear protein fragment released into the cell cytoplasm activates a plasma membrane protein to display a lipid on the cell surface, they discovered – signalling other cells to get rid of it. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Polyethylene (PE) is an inexpensive and lightweight polymer conventionally used in plastic packaging and shopping bags. However, a US research group is proposing that PE be used to make high-performance sportswear and other specialised fabrics.
Peptides play an important part in the pharma industry. But their synthesis is usually expensive and requires toxic solvents. Now, a Danish company says its manufacturing technology could reduce industry’s solvent use by 100 times, and could be used for other medicines as well. Read the article in C&I Magazine.
Over 100 chemicals have been found in the blood of pregnant women and their new-born babies. About half have never been reported before, and around a third have no known source or use. The research has raised concerns that foetuses are being exposed to chemicals with unknown toxicity. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Chemical majors BASF and SABIC have signed a joint agreement with gases and engineering company Linde to develop electrically heated steam cracker furnaces.
A new Ebola outbreak in Guinea, West Africa, has again raised concerns about preparedness in tackling the deadly virus. Read the article in C&I Magazine.