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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new carbon allotrope in the form of an 18-carbon ring, a new family of fluorescent molecules found in shark skin, 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.

Chemists create ring consisting solely of 18 carbons: [Article] [Study (£)]

Oganesson is predicted to be a metallic semiconductor: [Article] [Study]

Microplastics in drinking water pose little risk to humans: [Article] [Study]

Carbon nanotubes help detect marijuana in human breath: [Article] [Study (£)]

Diving bell spider inspires CO2 conversion catalyst: [Article] [Study (£)]

Graphene oxide layer physically and chemically deters mosquitos: [Article]

New family of fluorescent molecules found in shark skin: [Article] [Study]

Polymer nanoparticles help fight underarm odour: [Article] [Study (£)]

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