#ChemMonthly May 2019: Plastic bottles to jet fuel, and simulating dark chocolate aroma

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a method for converting plastic bottles into jet fuel components, a new record for the longest half-life ever measured, 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.

Converting plastic bottles into jet fuel components:

[Article] [Study*]

Polypsuedohalides dissolve gold at room temperature: [Article] [Study (£)]

Studies disagree on source of actinide elements: [Article 1] [Article 2] [Study (£)] [Study 2 (£)]

Northeast China identified as source of banned CFCs: [Article] [Study (£)]

Chemical signature of dark chocolate smell pinpointed: [Article] [Study (£)]

Children’s baby teeth reveal their past lead exposure: [Article] [Study (£)]

Record for longest half life ever directly measured: [Article] [Study (£)]

New claim for oldest classroom periodic table: [Article]

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