Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a vaccine that could prevent the toxic effects of a synthetic opioid, a new member of the buckyball family, ‘volleyballene’, 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.
‘Volleyballene’: A newly identified buckyball variant: [Article] [Study (£)]
Caramel has a similar structure and flow to rubber: [Article] [Study (£)]
Nanobubbles help destroy cancer microtumours: [Article] [Study]
Experts rule out link between larvicide and microcephaly: [Article 1] [Article 2]
Vaccine stops synthetic opioid drug reaching the brain: [Article] [Study (£)]
Other Stories This Week
Mercury levels in US rainwater rising: [Article] [Study (£)]
Rare & unstable mineral gives superior catalysts: [Article] [Study]
DNA enzyme catalyses amide hydrolysis: [Article] [Study (£)]
Protein inhibitors block Ebola’s ability to infect: [Article] [Study (£)]
Improving silver salvage from solar cells: [Article] [Study (£)]
Hydrogel holds human stem cells & embryos in stasis: [Article] [Study (£)]
‘Super-Earth’ has atmosphere of hydrogen, helium, and hydrogen cyanide: [Article] [Study]
Hydrocyanation without using toxic hydrogen cyanide: [Article] [Study (£)]
Monitoring blood donation changes without breaking bag: [Article] [Study (£)]
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