This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – A Liquid with Holes in, & Why Spider Webs Stay Sticky

15-11-15 - 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 news on why spider webs stay sticky come rain or shine, the biggest crystal model ever built, 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.


Featured Stories

Why spider webs stay sticky come rain or shine: [Article] [Study (£)]

Liquid with holes in could aid gas separation: [Article] [Study]

Flushing toilets with sea water could protect marine life: [Article] [Study]

EU concludes glyphosate is unlikely to pose cancer risk: [Article] [Study]

Biggest ever crystal model built in Vienna: [Article]


Other Stories This Week

Some 3D printed plastics could leach monomer chemicals: [Article] [Study (£)]

First synthesis of portentol, a natural product from lichen: [Article] [Study (£)]

Possible cancer-fighting compound inhibits copper transport: [Article] [Study]

Catalyst converts smelly thiol compounds into polymer precursors: [Article] [Study (£)]

New non-toxic nerve-imaging agent: [Article] [Study (£)]

Unnatural bases help to identify DNA damage: [Article] [Study]

Structure of pink Jurassic pigment identified: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hydrogen isotopes suggest water was present when Earth formed: [Article] [Study (£)]

First two-dimensional form of boron synthesised: [Article] [Study]

Antibody therapies don’t help Alzheimer’s disease in mice: [Article] [Study]

Phenylsilane more convenient than hydrogen for production of actinide hydrides: [Article] [Study (£)]

Eucalyptus contains both catalyst and biofuel: [Article] [Study]

New sticky, tough and flexible hydrogel is 90% water: [Article] [Study (£)]

Clay helps make better high temperature batteries: [Article] [Study (£)]

Gel allows extraction of gold & silver from discarded devices: [Article] [Study (£)]


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