• 17-10-22 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Heavy elements made in neutron star collision, and real-time observation of polymer chain growth

By |October 22nd, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on heavy element synthesis in neutron star collisions, the real-time observation of the growth of a single polymer chain, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Chemistry of Broccoli

Broccoli colour changes and cancer-fighting compounds

By |October 19th, 2017|

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Broccoli, like other green vegetables, gets greener when you start cooking it. Why is this, and why does this green colour fade to a grey-green the longer it’s cooked? This graphic looks at the compounds produced when preparing broccoli to find the answer.
 

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  • 17-10-15 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Printer toner reaction concerns, and oganesson’s ‘smeared’ electron shells

By |October 15th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on unexpected reactions during printing with potential health effects, a theory about oganesson’s unusual electronic structure, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Spider Webs Preview

The chemistry of spiderwebs – in C&EN

By |October 12th, 2017|

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It’s October, which means mating season for a lot of the spiders that lurk in our gardens and around our houses. Like them or loathe them, these arachnids use some fascinating biochemistry to weave their webs – and the material properties of their webs have inspired a variety of attempts to emulate them! Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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  • 17-10-08 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – A glow-in-the-dark record, and Nobel Prize for cryo-EM

By |October 8th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on this year’s chemistry Nobel Prize winner, a record-setting glow-in-the-dark material, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • 2017 Nobel Prize Chemistry

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Revealing the structures of biomolecules with cryo-electron microscopy

By |October 4th, 2017|

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The last of this year’s Nobel Prizes, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was awarded today. This year’s prize went to the development of cryo-electron microscopy, a technique that allows the structures of biomolecules to be revealed where other techniques fail. It also gives scientists insights into how proteins move and interact with other molecules, as well as potentially improving our understanding of how drugs act on protein targets.

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