The movers and shakers in the chemistry and chemistry-using business in April 2021.
In Praise of beer is well-written and full of interesting information, it should appeal to a wide readership. Read the book review in C&I Magazine.
Haider’s book, despite its catchy title, is a slim monograph of nine reviews on some current key aspects of stem cell research. Read the book review in C&I Magazine.
The chemistry of money begins with the history of coins. Gold, silver and copper were used for early coinage and the last two of these are terms used today to describe coins in circulation even though their composition is very different. Read the book review of The chemistry of money by Brian Rohrig in C&I Magazine.
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.
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