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

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.

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