Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on organic compounds on comet 67P, a polymer pill that could allow an entire course of some drugs to be taken in one go, 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.
Philae identifies organic compounds on comet 67P: [Article] [Study (£)] [Study 2 (£)]
Polymer pill delivers drug course in one: [Article] [Study]
Antifreeze polymer enhances cell cryopreservation: [Article] [Study (£)]
Oil droplets turn cells into miniature lasers: [Article] [Study]
Experimental ebola vaccine confers total protection: [Article] [Study]
Other Stories This Week
New layered oxide combats battery volume changes: [Article] [Study (£)]
Crispr technique used to ‘cut and paste’ DNA fragments: [Article] [Study (£)]
Two-step conversion of CO2 to polycarbonate polymers: [Article] [Study (£)]
Nova star explains missing lithium mystery: [Article] [Study]
Natural sunscreen from algae & fish slime compounds: [Article] [Study (£)]
Engineering the cellular machinery that makes proteins: [Article] [Study (£)]
Origami varient creates graphene hinges and springs: [Article] [Study]
Zircon crystals show Earth’s magnetic field is older than previously thought: [Article] [Study (£)]
Compound could reduce methane production by cows: [Article] [Study (£)]
New enzyme target for Rett Syndrome treatments: [Article] [Study]
Seal blubber sheds light on ocean chemical contamination: [Article] [Study (£)]
Shallow fracking wells risk contaminating drinking water: [Article] [Study (£)]
Complex mix of hydrocarbons cause Pluto’s red atmosphere: [Article]
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