Read all the news about the movers and shakers in the chemistry-using industries in September 2021.
James Kennedy represents a brave attempt to make sense of a largely futile debate about good and bad chemicals. It would probably be better if we chemists made more efforts to explain the importance of chemistry and chemicals in the world around us rather than describe them as good or bad. After all there is much to be proud about!
As the world is still fighting a pandemic as well as a wave of disinformation about scientific issues such as vaccines, the importance of science ethics does not need introduction or explanation. Read the book review of Good Chemistry.
Helm reiterates that it is now time to get serious about combating climate change. The actions that need to be taken at the personal, local, national, and global levels to avoid the looming climate crisis are spelled out in detail. Read the book review.
New UK rules on genetic editing of crops could have a positive effect on food production and the environment, reports Anthony King
Machine learning technology is being harnessed by researchers in the hunt for the next generation of antibiotics and antivirals, reports Jon Evans
In the UK, about 90% of time is spent indoors on average, with today’s children known as the ‘indoor generation’. Now, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced £9m in funding over four years to better understand the environmental and health risks of indoor air pollution.
A more efficient and low-cost system for desalinating water using solar energy could be rolled out across the sun-rich but arid regions of Africa and the Middle East.
Biosurfactants derived from microbial sources rather than petrochemicals promise applications beyond cleaning products – including as food ingredients. Lou Reade reports
Washing clothes has a huge environmental impact. Treated textiles promise to reduce wash frequency but may pose bigger drawbacks, Maria Burke reports.