This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry: Chameleon Colours, & Urine-Fuelled Radio Signalling

15-03-15 - 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 an explanation for the colour changes of chameleons, a new automated process that allows the synthesis of small organic molecules, 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.

Featured Stories

Guanine crystals cause chameleon colour change: [Article] [Study]

Saturn’s rings show Enceladus hides warm ocean: [Article] [Study]

Urine fuels radio signalling of microbial fuel cells: [Article] [Study]

New smart bandage releases different drugs: [Article] [Study]

Method automatically assembles organic molecules: [Article] [Study]

Other Stories This Week

Turmeric compound could be used in antimicrobial food surfaces: [Article] [Study]

Dancing droplets help explain complex behaviour in mixtures: [Article] [Study]

First instance of bonding between zinc and mercury atoms: [Article] [Study]

New technique reveals hideouts of AIDS virus in the human body: [Article] [Study]

Injectable polymer strengthens blood clotting: [Article] [Study]

Plastic ‘fingerprint’ tagging system for valuables: [Article] [Study]

Gigantic new antibiotic molecule is deadly: [Article] [Study]

Ganymede possesses a subsurface ocean: [Article] [Study]

New film changes colour when stretched: [Article] [Study]

Removing mercury from natural gas: [Article] [Study]

Thanks to @narf42 for help with this week’s stories. Keep track of older ‘This Week in Chemistry’ posts on the category page, or via the #TWIChem hashtag on Twitter.



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2 replies on “This Week in Chemistry: Chameleon Colours, & Urine-Fuelled Radio Signalling”

The chameleon study truly highlights how amazing advances in science are. People thought they knew for so long only to find out the answer wasn’t where they thought it was. Great study.

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