15-10-18 - This Week in Chemistry

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research showing how plants may lace their nectar with caffeine to trick bees, a new artificial skin for prosthetic limbs that could allow touch to be detected, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.

 

Featured Stories

Swimsuit material absorbs contaminants from water: [Article] [Video]

Carbon nanotubes give prosthetic limbs a sense of touch: [Article] [Study (£)]

Plants lace nectar with caffeine to trick bees: [Article] [Study (£)]

Liquid marbles turn adhesive when pressed: [Article] [Study (£)]

Pumpkin-shaped molecules give better MRI image contrast: [Article] [Study (£)]

 

Other Stories This Week

Manganese catalyst selectively aminates C-H bonds: [Article] [Study]

Movement of a single DNA molecule through motor proteins: [Article] [Study]

Cellulose nanofibre addition allows paper to be recycled more: [Article] [Study (£)]

Iron-based complex could replace precious metals in solar cells: [Article] [Study]

Replacing explosive acetylene with calcium carbide in organic synthesis: [Article] [Study (£)]

Cobalt catalyst for cheap carboxylic acid and ester hydrogenation: [Article] [Study (£)]

Wildflowers can be contaminated by neonicotinoid pesticides: [Article] [Study (£)]

Microreactor uses light to convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide: [Article] [Study (£)]

Lightweight foam can be used to create artificial organs: [Article] [Study]

Clearer image of enzyme involved in ageing and cancer: [Article] [Study (£)]

One pot recipe for incompatible catalytic transformations: [Article] [Study (£)]

Porous copper silicate sucks up carbon dioxide in power plants: [Article] [Study (£)]

Further insight into how UV light affects DNA: [Article] [Study (£)]

New insights into how proteins fold: [Article] [Study]

 

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