Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on how chemicals in honey bee larvae diets could influence whether they become workers or queens, a method for making a greener barbecue lighter fluid from waste paper, 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.
Chemical dictates whether female bees become workers or queens: [Article] [Study]
Ultralight ‘solar foil’ can be used to power drones: [Article] [Study]
Alternative waste paper lighting fluid for barbecues: [Article] [Study (£)]
Self-healing polymer could rapidly plug holes in spacecraft: [Article] [Study]
Synthetic stomach membrane could help minimise animal testing: [Article] [Study]
Other Stories This Week
African wildlife harbours antibiotic-resistant microbes: [Article] [Study]
Egyptian blue pigment found in roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits: [Article] [Study (£)]
AFM improvement shows bond polarity in atoms and molecules: [Article] [Study (£)]
Volcanic Moon glass provides clues to the Moon’s origin: [Article] [Study]
Protein helps transport radioactive metals into cells: [Article] [Study (£)]
Nanoscale microscopy images cell membrane processes: [Article] [Study]
Nasal spray delivers hormone treatments for mental illness: [Article] [Study]
Bacterial protein stores copper to enable methane digestion: [Article] [Study]
Iron catalyst converts alkenes to cyclobutanes: [Article] [Study (£)]
Neonicotinoid insecticides present in many US streams: [Article] [Study (£)]
New studies suggest neonicotinoids pose high risk to bees: [Article]
Termite mounds harness temperature changes to remove carbon dioxide: [Article] [Study (£)]
Methane emissions from natural gas facilities underestimated: [Article] [Study]
Sensor screens transplanted lungs for disorder signs: [Article] [Study]
Female sexual desire drug flibanserin approved in the US: [Article]
Suggested pathway for natural production of tramadol: [Article] [Study (£)]
Nanoparticle targets cancer cells at two different stages of metastasis: [Article] [Study (£)]
Positive results for new anti-alcoholism drug: [Article] (Presented at ACS Boston)
Storing information using colloidal nanoparticles: [Article] [Study]
Ants self-medicate after fungal infections: [Article] [Study (£)]
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