This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Partial Lead Water Pipe Replacement Risks, and All About that (Super)base

16-07-24 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 a new record holder for strongest base ever, why partial replacement of lead water pipes may be riskier than not replacing them at all, 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

Titanium-gold alloy four times stronger than titanium: [Article] [Study (£)]

Four different group 15 elements in a single molecule: [Article] [Study (£)]

Chemists synthesise the strongest base ever: [Article] [Study]

Partial lead pipe replacement elevates water lead levels: [Article] [Study (£)]

A rewritable, kilobyte-sized atomic memory: [Article] [Study]


Other Stories This Week

Heating and cooling of milk adds weeks to shelf life: [Article] [Study]

Progress in understanding how free radicals cause ageing: [Article] [Study (£)]

Radiotracer allows synapses in the brain to be counted: [Article] [Study (£)]

Charge-free protein retains its structure and function: [Article] [Study]

Nanogenerator creates electricity where salt and freshwater mix: [Article] [Study]

Superhydrophobic coating prevents dialysis blood cell damage: [Article] [Study (£)]

Epigenetics-inspired DNA-based storage system: [Study (£)]


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