Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on how small limestone particles could help halt ozone layer depletion, how glowworms use their own waste products to help them snare their prey, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below. This will be the last “This Week in Chemistry” of 2016, but there’ll be a look back at 2016’s biggest chemistry stories next week, and it’ll return in 2017!

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. Asterisked studies are free but require logging in to read.

 

Featured Stories

Colour-changing label shows food freshness: [Article] [Study*]

Limestone particles could halt ozone layer depletion: [Article] [Study]

Missions find water on Ceres and boron on Mars: [Article 1] [Article 2] [Study 1] [Study 2]

Giant diamond clues for Earth’s mantle’s composition: [Article] [Study (£)]

Glowworms catch prey with threads of water and urea: [Article] [Study]

 

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