This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Fish Microplastic Problems, and Repurposing an Ancient Egyptian Pigment

16-06-05 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 paper than can carry secret messages using UV light, a new use for an Ancient Egyptian pigment, 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

Churning nitrogen ice causes strange Pluto patterns: [Article] [Study 1] [Study 2]

Paper carries secret messages using coumarin and UV light: [Article] [Study (£)]

Ancient Egyptian pigment finds new use in fingerprint dusting: [Article] [Study (£)]

High levels of microplastics in water cause problems for fish: [Article] [Study (£)]

Red algae polysaccharides reduce allergy symptoms in mice: [Article] [Study (£)]


Other Stories This Week

Underwater structures created by methane-fueled microbes: [Article] [Study (£)]

Using x-ray data to determine position of hydrogens in small molecules: [Article] [Study (£)]

Nanopollens boost activity of antibacterial protein: [Article] [Study (£)]

New method makes ‘polymer opals’ on a large scale: [Article] [Study]

Meteorite compounds give clues to Earth’s abundance of right-handed compounds: [Article] [Study (£)]


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