15-12-13 - TWIC

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a battery cathode inspired by chocolate truffles, how the gut bacteria of cockroaches could help create compounds that cause them to swarm, 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

Chocolate truffles inspire lithium battery improvements: [Article] [Study (£)]

Cockroach gut bacteria produce chemical attractants: [Article] [Study (£)]

Stronger bulletproof vests from olive and peanut oils: [Article] [Study (£)]

Fatty acids break down more slowly in humanely killed fish: [Article] [Study]

Monitoring oak wood toasting for whiskey & wine barrels: [Article] [Study]

 

Other Stories This Week

Researchers rule out penta-graphene’s existence: [Article] [Study (£)]

New DNA roller 1000 times faster than synthetic DNA-based motors: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mysterious bright spots on Ceres are due to salt: [Article] [Study (£)]

Organ-specific proteins allow matching of bullets to wounds: [Article] [Study (£)]

Compound helps break up amyloid clumps in mouse brains: [Article] [Study]

Device detects compounds leaking from food plastic packaging: [Article] [Study (£)]

Cleaner diesel produces less carbon dioxide: [Article] [Study (£)]

An antimicrobial surface that sheds its skin: [Article] [Study (£)]

Measuring the energy of the transition state of a reaction: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hydrogel devices that cling to electronic components: [Article] [Study (£)]

Catalyst converts ethanol to isobutene: [Article] [Study (£)]

 

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