This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Plant Molecule Contraceptives, and How Orchids Attract Wasps

17-05-21 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 some unusual chemicals that spider orchids use to attract wasps, how certain plant molecules could be used as contraceptives, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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. Asterisked studies are free but require logging in to read.


Featured Stories

Plant molecules that can act as contraceptives: [Article] [Study]

Chemicals orchids use to attract wasps identified: [Article] [Study (£)]

Measuring the electronegativity of single atoms: [Article] [Study]

New protein solubilising role suggested for ATP in cells: [Article] [Study (£)]

Graphene aerogel uses sunlight to produce water vapour: [Article] [Study (£)]


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