Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research suggesting that endocannabinoids could play a part in the phenomenon known as ‘runner’s high’, how candle soot could help the efficiency of lithium batteries in electric cars, 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.
Nobel prizes for antiparasitic drugs & DNA repair mechanisms: [Graphics]
‘Runners’ high’ could stem from endocannabinoids: [Article] [Study (£)]
pH & concentrations combined give time of death formula: [Article] [Study (£)]
Candle soot could help power lithium batteries in cars: [Article] [Study (£)]
One-step route recycles urine to create carbon nanoparticles: [Article] [Study (£)]
Other Stories This Week
Flexible polymer electrodes record brain activity without scarring: [Article] [Study]
Blend of polymers help boost efficiency of LEDs: [Article] [Study (£)]
Alkanes from cyanobacteria feed oil-devouring microbes in the ocean: [Article] [Study (£)]
Better magnesium batteries with lithium: [Article] [Study (£)]
Rapid bacterial screening for air, soil, & water: [Article] [Study (£)]
Scandium trifluoride shrinks when it is heated: [Article] [Study (£)]
Sensitivity-enhanced NMR could provide clues as to how proteins fold: [Article] [Study (£)]
Chemical ‘search engine’ could provide origin of life clues: [Article] [Study]
DNA ‘vaccine’ could lead to easier animal birth control: [Article] [Study]
Copying of RNA sequences without pre-activation: [Study (£)]
The spontaneous formation of the body’s biochemical machinery: [Study (£)]
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