#ChemMonthly Dec 2017 – Self-healing glass, a Huntington’s drug, and the world’s tightest knot

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a self-repairing polymer glass that could mean an end to cracked phone screens, a Guinness world record for the tightest knot ever, and more! Links to articles and studies for all the featured stories 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. 


Self-healing polymer glass repairs at room temperature: [Article] [Study (£)]

High pressure makes diamond films from graphite layers: [Article] [Study (£)]

Experimental drug safely corrects Huntington’s disease: [Article]

Testosterone may help explain lower male asthma rate: [Article] [Study (£)]

Guinness world record for tightest ever knot: [Article] [Study (£)]

Bacteria use unnatural DNA to make unnatural proteins: [Article] [Study (£)]

More flexible concrete inspired by sea urchin spines: [Article] [Study]

New manufacturing method makes wrinkle-free graphene: [Article] [Study (£)]


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  1. Your new format is very difficult to read. The old format with a single column and larger text was much better for people who have trouble with tiny text.

    • Thanks for the feedback! I’m still planning on tweaks to the format so this is useful. As I’ve now shifted to a monthly news graphic, more stories are featured, so finding a way to feature them all whilst still keeping the previous amount of detail on each story has been a tricky one.

      Sadly, with the extra content, the single column format wasn’t really workable (I tried with limited success!). I will bear this feedback in mind and try to squeeze a few extra points of text size out of next month’s graphic, however.