Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features the news of flowing salty water on Mars, how nanoparticles could be used to make longer-lasting and more efficient sunscreens, 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.
Evidence of flowing salty water on Mars: [Article] [Study]
Stronger and longer-lasting sunscreen using nanoparticles: [Article] [Study]
Creating batteries from portabella mushrooms: [Article] [Study]
Polymer additive reduces plane fuel fire risk: [Article] [Study (£)]
Mouse study could lead to male contraceptive: [Article] [Study (£)]
Other Stories This Week
A solar energy collector using carbon nanotubes: [Article] [Study]
Graphene with a record band gap produced: [Article] [Study (£)]
Optimising platinum’s use in hydrogen production: [Article] [Study (£)]
Hydrogel coating neutralises mustard gas & VX: [Article] [Study (£)]
Concentric nanorings created from porphyrins: [Article] [Study]
Mealworms can eat and digest polystyrene foam: [Article] [Study]
Excess protons hop along hydrogen bonds in water: [Article] [Study (£)]
5-membered radialene successfully synthesised: [Article] [Study]
Extracting antimony from lamp phosphor waste: [Article] [Study (£)]
Deep sea shrimp enzyme leads to new cancer imaging tool: [Article] [Study (£)]
Co-polymer helps make flexible lithium battery electrodes: [Article] [Study]
Calcium carbonate-based microparticles help stop critical bleeding: [Article] [Study]
Bird-killing goo was plant-derived polymerised oil: [Article]
Statin drugs could help children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: [Article] [Study (£)]
New dental filling material resists degradation: [Article] [Study]
Chlorine isotope fingerprint of the lunar magma ocean: [Study]
Argon detected in comet 67P’s coma: [Study]
Single molecule measurements of motor proteins using a nanopore: [Study (£)]
Moths gives clues to sex pheromone evolution: [Study (£)]
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