#ChemMonthly December 2018: A new type of bonding, ‘reverse racemisation’, and fluorinated compounds in cosmetics

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new type of chemical bonding, a catalyst that can reverse racemisation, an investigation of fluorinated compounds in cosmetics, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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. 

New type of bonding proposed for metalloid elements:

[Article] [Study]

Investigation finds fluorinated compounds in cosmetic products: [Article] [Study*]

Chinese stalagmites improve carbon dating accuracy: [Article] [Study (£)]

‘Reverse racemisation’ catalyst produces single mirror image molecules: [Article] [Study (£)]

Masses of two of the periodic table’s newest elements confirmed: [Article] [Study (£)]

Fipronil pesticide linked to historical bee deaths: [Article] [Study (£)]

Method checks for 71 elements simultaneously: [Article] [Study*]

Viruses listen in on bacteria chemical conversations: [Article] [Study (£)]

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