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Steel plant waste could mop up CO2

Low-cost management of steel slag waste could boost CO2 uptake

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New method places single, specific monomers in polymer chains

Chemists could use technique to improve structural control of and add new function to polymers

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Microplastic in drinking water found to pose little risk to humans

Most particles pass through human gut, World Health Organization says

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Elanco to buy Bayer's animal health business for $7.6 billion

Deal will create the second-largest animal health company after Zoetis

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Blue perovskite LEDs get an efficiency boost

Researchers mix nanoparticles and 2-D perovskites to double efficiency

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Does taking a vacation stress you out?

Chemjobber on the challenges of taking time off

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Holden Thorp named editor in chief of Science

Chemist stepped down as provost of Washington University in St. Louis in July

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The world's first GMO probiotic is for sale; it's designed to prevent hangovers

The product, made by ZBiotics, is regulated as a food, not a drug, and has not been vetted for effectiveness in humans

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Don't miss our live coverage from #ACSSanDiego

C&EN's reporters and editors are broadcasting live from the ACS National Meeting to bring a slice of the conference directly to you

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Chemists continue to forget safety concerns about sodium hydride

Popular base can decompose certain solvents, potentially leading to explosions

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New device uses carbon nanotubes to detect marijuana in human breath

A prototype breathalyzer senses the psychoactive cannabinoid THC

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Olaplex wins $91 million in suit against L'Oréal

Jury awards $91 million to start-up Olaplex for losses from hair-protection knockoff

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Chemists use atomic manipulation to nudge cyclo[18]carbon into being

Probe microscopy helps researchers create and visualize a carbon allotrope that was first predicted in the 1980s

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Scuba-diving spiders inspire carbon dioxide conversion

Gas-trapping coating on copper electrode boosts carbon dioxide reduction efficiency

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How a UCSB chemist stood up to L'Oréal in an IP-theft case

Jury award compensates the start-up firm Olaplex for losses over hair protection knockoff

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Kary Mullis dies at age 74

Biochemist received Nobel Prize for invention of PCR and attracted controversy for positions on climate change and AIDS

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UK surprises with scientist immigration changes

Prime minister proposes removing visa cap, loosening other requirements

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Extreme weather will cause more air-quality related deaths in China

Severe weather may worsen air quality for 85% of China's population

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Domo to buy Solvay's European nylon assets

Sale will clear the way for BASF's purchase of Solvay's global nylon business

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Database of endocrine disruptors focuses on experimental evidence

Analysis of substances suggests no correlation between chemical structure and biological effects

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Fatty acid-drug conjugate kills cancer cells in mice

The drug delivery system mimics dietary fatty acids and tricks tumor cells into taking up the conjugate

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Aramco to buy stake in Reliance's chemicals and refining business

Purchase would deepen the state oil company's commitment to chemicals

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Shocked into action: Bhopal's legacy in the US

The disaster's legacy remains a work in progress at the interface of the chemical industry and the public

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In the name of community outreach, chemical firms invest in education

Industry sees an opportunity to engage with communities while ensuring a field of well-trained recruits

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Environmental engineer Lupita Montoya scrutinizes air quality inside nail salons

The University of Colorado Boulder researcher poses artful solution to nail salons' indoor air pollution

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Mice fed a low-methionine diet respond better to cancer treatments

The special diet seems to aid treatments that target 1-carbon metabolism

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Catalysts turn racemic mixtures into single enantiomers

Light-driven deracemization process may offer general strategy for turning unwanted isomers into more useful mirror-image forms

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Smartphone sensor sniffs out plant disease

A new smartphone sensor may help farmers detect devastating plant diseases

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Antitrust regulators seek to block Evonik's peroxide purchase

The Federal Trade Commission says the purchase of PeroxyChem will leave the market too concentrated

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No safe exposure to chlorpyrifos, EU regulators say

Food safety authority finds insecticide does not meet criteria for renewal

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Video: The chemistry driving a fish's sex change

Studying one species of tropical fish may reveal clues to sex development in other animals and humans

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Pathogen-fighting polymer

Copolymer loaded with sulfonic acid groups kills bacteria and viruses in minutes

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MXene membranes could be an affordable way to harvest energy from saltwater

Ion-conducting films made from 2-D materials could lower the cost of generating electricity from salinity gradients

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Chemists find source of shark fluorescence

Brominated metabolites make sharks glow and have antibiotic properties

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Graphene aerogel keeps single-atom catalysts stable

Unconventional support material firmly anchors active species, prevents agglomeration

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Predicting asthma attacks in kids

Wearable environmental sensors, smart devices, and mobile health technologies aim to rein in childhood form of the lung disease

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Podcast: Building a culture of safety

Stereo Chemistry examines how organizations are making safety a priority to prevent and prepare for accidents rather than react to them

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Lysozyme may drive neuropathic pain

Blocking the enzyme could provide treatments without common side effects, such as addiction

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Rubik's cube with a chemical twist

Colored hydrogel tiles could find use as smart chemical arrays

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18-electron complexes questioned

Heavy alkaline earth elements may not act like transition metals after all

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Researchers elucidate colibactin structure

The team synthesized the molecule, confirming its structure and providing a route for studying the difficult-to-isolate bacterial metabolite

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Major drug firms have active first half of 2019

The year so far has brought steady sales growth and robust dealmaking

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Indorama snags Huntsman intermediates and surfactants businesses

Acquisition advances polyester expert's diversification ambitions

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Sewing hydrogels together to make them stick

In situ polymerization creates polymer threads that weave in and out of hydrogels

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Polymer nanoparticles block underarm odors

Molecularly imprinted polymers that bind odor-causing molecules appear safe for both skin and its microbiome

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Automating synthesis from planning to execution

With a little human help, artificial intelligence and a robot make drug molecules

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DuPont says US government made it pollute

Chemical and explosive contaminants come from World War I and II contracts, it claims

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Pharmaceutical chemical maker Cambrex to go private

The private equity firm Permira will acquire it for about $2.4 billion

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Researchers use CAR-T to eliminate HIV in mice

The engineered cells overcome previous hurdles for the method by recognizing multiple HIV proteins and resisting infection

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For energetic materials, stereo- and regioisomers matter

Study shows isomers exhibit different physical properties

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To lower mercury in fish, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study says

Ocean warming may offset positive effects of stricter mercury regulations

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When is it time to leave a PhD program?

Getting a master's degree is a decision, not a downgrade

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Video: The chemistry driving a fish's sex change

Studying one species of tropical fish may reveal clues to sex development in other animals and humans

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Neutrogena recalls acne mask over concerns about blue light

Meanwhile, chemists are developing procedures to protect themselves from blue light used in photoredox reactions

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Antitrust regulators seek to block Evonik peroxide purchase

The Federal Trade Commission says the purchase of PeroxyChem will leave the market too concentrated

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No safe exposure to chlorpyrifos, EU regulators say

Food safety authority finds insecticide does not meet criteria for renewal

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Mice fed a low-methionine diet respond better to cancer treatments

The special diet seems to aid treatments that target one-carbon metabolism

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How the periodic table changed my life

YouTube chemist Sir Martyn Poliakoff and other essayists share personal stories about how the elements have shaped their worlds

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Sir Martyn Poliakoff on the periodic table's ability to inspire joy

Chemist and YouTube presenter talks about his road to chemistry and the magic of the elements

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Life as an element discoverer, by Julie Ezold

Oak Ridge National Lab program manager describes how being part of the team that synthesized element 117, tennessine, changed her life

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The rewards and challenges of expanding the periodic table, by Hiromitsu Haba

Riken group director shares the thrill of creating nihonium and the drive to keep pushing the table's boundaries

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Science historian Eric Scerri examines the periodic table's quantum connections

UCLA chemist talks about his love of the table and why debate still rages over it

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How the periodic table inspired Mary Soon Lee to an epic feat of haiku

Writer and poet describes her journey immortalizing all 118 elements with their own Japanese-style poem

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From our archives: An essay on antimony, by Nina Ulrich

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, C&EN is re-releasing its favorite essays from a special 2003 collectors' issue celebrating the elements

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Your guide to the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego

C&EN's editors pick the speakers and symposia to catch

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Contract research organizations profit from nonprofits' drug-discovery efforts

Although the financial returns are not always high, CROs find value in working with foundations

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Palmer amaranth, the king of weeds, cripples new herbicides

Scientists in the US sound the alarm about a crop-smothering weed that is growing resistant to multiple herbicides

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Rusty film generates salty shock

Metal nanolayer produces electricity from flowing brine

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Career Ladder: Catherine Goffinet

This Ben & Jerry's flavor guru made a career out of her love of food and chemistry

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Dichlorination catalyst bypasses need for chlorine gas

Chloride salts are the sole source of halogen atoms for addition reaction with alkenes

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MXene membranes could be an affordable way to harvest energy from saltwater

Ion-conducting films made from 2-D materials could lower the cost of generating electricity from salinity gradients

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Avara pulls back from pharmaceutical chemicals

After period of aggressive acquisition, the drug services firm retrenches

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Catalysts turn racemic mixtures into single enantiomers

Light-driven deracemization process may offer general strategy for turning unwanted isomers into more useful mirror-image forms

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Density functional theory error discovered

Free-energy results can vary significantly with the computational method, but a simple fix reduces errors

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Differentiating between green chemistry and sustainable chemistry

Congressional panel examines 2 concepts, 1 well defined with history, the other newer and less distinct

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Fungal compound has the power to deskunk

Pericosine A quashes potent odors by reacting with skunk thiols

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Multilayered electrodes help batteries flex and conduct

Engineering technique creates a battery that can function under 30% strain

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What caused a plume of radioactive ruthenium in Europe in 2017?

Chemical detective work suggests an accident at a Russian plant that processes spent nuclear fuel was the source of the cloud

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Spectroscopy pioneer Richard P. Van Duyne dies at 73

Van Duyne helped develop and explain the mechanism behind the SERS technique used in analytical chemistry and sensors

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Seeking corporate accountability on PFAS contamination

US lawmaker wants manufacturers to clean up pollution

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Pfizer will merge its generics unit with Mylan

The move is part of the big pharma firm's effort to focus more on innovative medicines

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Chemical firms battle soft demand

A slowing economy and trade worries mar second-quarter results

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Fungal compound has the power to deskunk

Pericosine A quashes potent odors by reacting with skunk thiols

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Pollution aerosols may not offset warming of the climate

New study shows that the effect of air pollution on clouds may provide weaker cooling effect than previously thought

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Clariant, Sabic drop joint venture talks

Setback for Clariant follows CEO's resignation; masterbatch business will be sold rather than included in joint venture

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The placenta has no microbiome, study finds

Researchers blame contamination for previous reports of microbes found in placentas

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Did biology begin with tiny bubbles?

Life's building blocks might have formed on the surfaces of air bubbles in water-filled volcanic rocks, according to new study

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Dichlorination catalyst eschews chlorine gas

Chloride salts are the sole source of halogen atoms for addition reaction with alkenes

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Genentech's R&D chief Michael Varney on the future of drug discovery

The research head weighs in on difficult targets, neuroscience, and the role of AI in medicine

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Korea and Russia top 51st International Chemistry Olympiad

US earns three gold and one silver at the annual high school chemistry competition

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Density functional theory error discovered

Free energy results can vary significantly with the computational method, but a simple fix reduces errors

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Multilayered electrodes help batteries flex and conduct

Engineering technique creates a battery that can function under 30% strain

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What caused a plume of radioactive ruthenium in Europe in 2017?

Chemical detective work suggests an accident at a Russian plant that processes spent nuclear fuel was the source of the cloud

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Differentiating between green chemistry and sustainable chemistry in Congress

Congressional panel examines two concepts, one well-defined with history, the other newer and less distinct

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C&EN's Global Top 50 chemical companies of 2018

Sales were up in a strong year, and the ranking has a new top company, DowDuPont

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Sponsored content: The power of sand, water, and a bit of chemistry

150 years of research and development have transformed colloidal silica from a scientific oddity to a mainstay of industrial manufacturing of products ranging from floor wax to jet engines

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Are microbes at the root of red wine's peppery flavor?

Soil microbiome may contribute to a spicy Shiraz

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Fluorine boosts 2-D material growth

Localized cloud of fluorine makes graphene sheets grow 1,000 times as fast

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Restricting NO2 emissions linked with reduction in childhood asthma incidence

Southern California study suggests further emissions cuts would continue to reduce public health burden

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Organic semiconductor photocatalyst does double duty

Graphitic carbon nitride simultaneously drives reduction and oxidation reactions

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Laser-heated nanoparticles bust eye “floaters”

Plasmonic gold nanoparticles help break up collagen fibers that can disrupt vision

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Making natural killers stronger against cancer

Engineered NK cells are part of the next generation of off-the-shelf CAR therapies

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Callery, maker of reactive intermediates, promises growth as a stand-alone firm

After 13 years as a part of BASF, the small chemical maker tries stretching its wings

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By the numbers: Who's going to chemistry and chemical engineering graduate school in the US

Average annual enrollment is up in both fields, buoyed by a steep increase in Hispanic students

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US EPA: Chlorpyrifos is here to stay

Agency denies all objections, allows use of the insecticide on food crops

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Indolines made easy

Route offers quick access to a scaffold frequently found in bioactive molecules

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Ginkgo-Bayer venture taps NewLeaf for plant microbes

Collaboration will focus on unusual genus of symbiotic organisms

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Smudge-proof, bendable coating resists scratches

Omniphobic composite material combines glass's wear resistance with plastic's flexibility

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Pollution linked to in vitro fertilization failure

Exposure to pollutants from vehicle fumes may interfere with fertility treatments

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Seeking corporate accountability on PFAS contamination

US lawmaker wants manufacturers to clean up pollution

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Clariant in turmoil after joint venture talks with Sabic collapse

Setback occurs following CEO's resignation; firm now plans to sell its masterbatch business instead of including it in the joint venture

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Civica Rx signs generic drug manufacturing pact with Hikma

The 14 products included in the deal are expected to launch later this year

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5 US cities leak lots of methane

New study finds northeast urban areas emit much more natural gas than EPA figures suggest

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France to double check studies involving confidential data

Independent group will apply same methodology and certify reproducibility

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Podcast: Lessons learned in lab safety

Four chemists share their stories of lab accidents with Stereo Chemistry to help the scientific community become safer

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Protein wrangler, serial entrepreneur, and community builder: Inside David Baker's brain

Institute for Protein Design leader believes success lies in building a team and research community interconnected like a nerve center

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Heat-free method yields printed metallic circuit connections

Procedure exploits properties of a quirky liquid metal to form circuit components at room temperature on unusual substrates, including Jell-o

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Laser-heated nanoparticles bust eye “floaters”

Plasmonic gold nanoparticles help break up collagen fibers that can disrupt vision

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A metabolite from gut microbes seems to make ALS less severe in mice

Nicotinamide may play a protective role in the progression of the neurodegenerative disease

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DSM seeks approval of additive that minimizes methane from cattle

Dutch firm says 3-nitrooxypropanol can cut methane emissions by 30%

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Moody's trims outlook for Chemours

Lowered credit assessment follows increase in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance–related litigation risks

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US Congress takes up Scientific Integrity Act

Goal is to ensure release of accurate scientific research, data

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Pollution linked to in vitro fertilization failure

Exposure to pollutants from vehicle fumes may interfere with fertility treatments

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Ginkgo, Bayer venture taps NewLeaf for plant microbes

Collaboration will focus on unusual genus of symbiotic organisms

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3 rovers will head to Mars in 2020. Here's what you need to know about their chemical missions

For the first time, China, Europe, Russia, and the US could have vehicles on the Red Planet operating simultaneously

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Cannabis industry gets crafty with terpenes

Latest craze goes beyond scents and flavors to potential health benefits

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2019 CAS Future Leaders

CAS honors this year's class of chemical information scholars

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Glycoscience fuels a new breed of cancer immunotherapy

Start-ups like Palleon and NextCure look to broaden the benefits of immuno-oncology with drugs that target a protein family called Siglecs and their glycan ligands

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Chemistry class as art gallery

Brown University students create artwork inspired by natural products to hone their communication skills

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Some Marshall Islands radiation levels exceed those of Chernobyl

60 years after nuclear testing ended, radiation levels remain dangerous in the Marshall Islands

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Multimineral cocktail gives wheat a nutritional boost

Leaf spraying increases micronutrients in staple crops and could help treat hidden hunger

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GC/MS honored with chemical landmark

Analytical tool revolutionized scientists' ability to identify individual substances in a mixture

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Gilead and Galapagos strike big R&D deal

Gilead will pay more than $5 billion for access to the Belgian firm's new drug pipeline

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US EPA: Chlorpyrifos is here to stay

Agency denies all objections, allows use of the insecticide on food crops

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Fluorine boosts 2-D material growth

Localized cloud of fluorine makes graphene sheets grow 1,000 times faster

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PFAS targeted for US regulation by House of Representatives

Bill would establish cleanup liability, require military to switch to fluorine-free firefighting foams

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Super sorbent soaks up methane under mild conditions

Flexible, porous polymer “breathes” as it stores and releases record-setting quantities of gaseous fuel

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Video: Polymer-COF hybrid combines the best of both worlds

COFs gain strength, flexibility with a little help from a polymer

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Knot your usual hydrocarbons

Chemists create intertwined structures made up of only benzene rings

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Entegris pushes deeper into materials

Purchases of MPD and Digital Specialty Chemicals follow stymied effort to acquire electronic chemicals giant Versum

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Sulfoxaflor pesticide returns to the US market

The EPA allows new and former uses on many crops without restrictions

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Hunting for new anesthetics

N-aryl pyrrole has anesthetic effects in frogs and rats without the side effects found with currently available drugs

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Aluminum complex busts open benzene's ring

Surprising reaction could facilitate new ways to make molecules from petroleum

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Cool-mint-triggered gene switch makes insulin in diabetic mice

Synthetic biologists design genetic circuit made from all-human components to expresses therapeutic proteins

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Fluorescent probe brings toxin linked to colon cancer to light

Method rapidly reveals gut bacteria producing high colibactin present in tissue samples

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Needing more viruses, Novartis taps Catalent to boost manufacturing of its new gene therapy Zolgensma

Virus shortages are forcing gene therapy firms to build their own manufacturing facilities and work with contract manufacturers at the same time

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Europe hardens stance on plastic recycling

France targets 100% recycling by 2025, but suitable technology may not be available

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Twisted fibers strengthen artificial muscles

Three groups report polymer yarns that respond to electrical, thermal, or chemical stimuli, which may find use in robots and medical devices

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India to set up National Research Foundation

Agency will administer funds in science and technology, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities

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China targets ozone pollution

New standards restrict industrial volatile organic carbon emissions, which lead to ozone and fine particulate matter

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Behind the scenes at the STEM-humanities culture war

Chemistry faculty cite the importance of humanities in a scientist's undergraduate education

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How peptides arose from the primordial soup

Amino acid precursors could have reacted to form peptides on prebiotic Earth

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Aluminum complex busts open benzene's ring

Surprising reaction could facilitate new ways to make molecules from petroleum

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Gilead and Galapagos strike big R&D deal

Gilead will pay more than $5 billion for access to the Belgian firm's new drug pipeline

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Hunting for new anesthetics

N-aryl pyrrole has anesthetic effects in frogs and rats without the side effects found with currently available drugs

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Sulfoxaflor pesticide returns to the US market

The EPA allows new and former uses on many crops without restrictions

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It's time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries

A projected surge in electric-vehicle sales means that researchers must think about conserving natural resources and addressing battery end-of-life issues

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Periodic Graphics: Sunscreen and coral reef damage

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning reveals how sunscreens damage coral reefs.

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These Japanese researchers are harnessing spiders and other creepy-crawlies

Surprising discoveries about unloved insects are getting funded and becoming businesses

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Standards seekers put the human microbiome in their sights

The complex community of bacteria in our guts is tough to measure reproducibly. NIST and others want to change that

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One chemical company's vision of the future

Evonik seeks to reshape itself to create the next big thing

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What is a chemistry job?

If you're looking for a right answer to this question, you're not going to find it

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Microrobots move cells

Tiny tools powered by optoelectronic tweezers manipulate targets

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Flame retardants linked to feline hyperthyroidism

Certain feline behaviors and home furnishings may put cats at risk of hyperthyroidism

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Fishing uranium from the ocean with a spider silk line

Artificial fiber extracts more uranium from seawater, and does it more quickly, than rival materials

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Solvent steers chiral synthesis

(R)-limonene gives polymer a right-handed twist so it can serve as a chiral scaffold for a metal catalyst

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Method identifies differences between refolded and native RNA

Refolded RNA is more highly structured and less dynamic than native RNA

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Ionic liquids stabilize perovskite solar cells

Additive enhances interactions between sunlight-absorbing and charge-extraction layers

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Electrochemistry of single molecules under the microscope

AFM explores relationships between charge, bonding, and structure

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Supercharging the silicon solar cell

New materials trick could lift the ceiling on maximum silicon-cell efficiencies

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Pioneering steroid research earns National Historic Chemical Landmark

Innovations by the Upjohn Company paved the way for steroids such as hydrocortisone

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Extending fluorescence microscopy to nonfluorescent reactions

Method exploits chemical competition between pairs of reactions to broaden imaging applications

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Biobased chemical maker Green Biologics shuts down

Producer of fermentation-derived acetone and 1-butanol to close plant amid cash crunch

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JSR plans big electronic materials facility in US

Japanese firm follows others from Asia in investing in the US

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Cool-mint-triggered gene switch makes insulin in diabetic mice

Synthetic biologists design genetic circuit made from all human components to expresses therapeutic proteins

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Microscopic carbon pillars are stronger than diamond yet elastic

The material could help build components for use in extreme environments such as in space or a nuclear reactor

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Blocking an enzyme keeps mice from getting diabetes

Inhibitors to the enzyme DES1 could be a new class of metabolic syndrome drugs

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BASF says earnings dropped by half in second quarter

Manufacturing, weather, and trade troubles push results below analyst expectations, though other firms have yet to make similar warnings

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Video: This chemist is helping save ancient history with X-ray tools

Researchers at Shumla are fighting against time and the elements to document some of North America's oldest rock paintings in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

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Japan hits South Korea with controls on key electronic materials

Three advanced materials hard to source elsewhere will come under Japanese export controls

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BioNTech raises $325 million to power mRNA immunotherapies and more

The German firm is also ramping up its antibody, cell therapy, and small-molecule drug development efforts

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Supercharging the silicon solar cell

New materials trick could lift the ceiling on maximum silicon cell efficiencies

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How phenylketonuria, a once-neglected disease, became a proving ground for new drugs

After decades of yearning for drugs, people with PKU now have 2, and a dozen more are in development

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Chemical makers fight new Trump tariffs

US chemical makers worry that an additional round of taxes on Chinese goods will hurt their competitiveness

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In the electronics industry, materials take center stage

Chipmakers will increasingly depend on their suppliers to develop new materials and raise production standards

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Gut microbes protect mice from flu

Antibiotics wipe out protection, but fecal transplants restore it

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Reaction cascade modifies proteins

2-step, 1-pot method uses protein splicing to add chemical moieties to proteins

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Designation honors first black chemist to earn a PhD in the US

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Commonwealth Fusion Systems raises $110 million

MIT spin-off says new magnet design paves way for smaller, cheaper reactor

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Faculty can do these 3 things to help their students struggling with mental health issues

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A new study continues the debate over whether or not scientists have discovered fragments of actual dino proteins

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Modified glycans on cell surfaces let chemists add functionalized polymers to cells

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This environmental chemist says you might want to clean your cell phone more regularly

The University of Toronto's Miriam Diamond has tracked how our hands move contaminants around in our indoor environment

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Chemours sues DuPont over environmental liabilities

Company says former owner soft-pedaled costs at time of spin off

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Soft robot swims thanks to 2-in-1 flow-battery-and-hydraulic system

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Century Therapeutics launches to develop stem cell-derived, gene-edited cell therapies for cancer

The start-up has raised $250 million, the majority of which came from Bayer, to make off-the-shelf cell therapies from induced pluripotent stem cells

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US Chemical Safety Board rethinking decision to omit names of workers killed in accidents from its reports

Unions, health experts, and family counselors emphasize importance of naming those fatally injured on the job

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Flamma gains a North American foothold near Philadelphia

The Italian pharma services firm has acquired a former Teva research and manufacturing facility

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Making invisible work in STEM more visible

People underrepresented in STEM fields take on a disproportionate amount of mentoring and other service commitments. It's time to acknowledge it

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Research programs at community colleges grow

Educators and officials pave a path for community college students to attain a career in science

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Element collecting: A niche hobby that connects people to chemistry

Enthusiasts assemble personal museums of metals, minerals, and other matter as they strive to collect them all

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This periodic table road trip follows the trail of 39 elements over 10 days

Element superfan James Marshall reveals a route through Europe that illuminates 3 centuries of periodic table chemical history

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A simple, scalable technique boosts the efficiency of solar desalination

The work could enable compact, low-cost water purification devices for remote areas

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Permafrost thaw spurs methane emissions

Melting Arctic soil contains nutrients that spur methane production and release

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This bacteria may help endurance athletes excel

Veillonella, which consumes lactate, blooms in marathon runners

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Hydrogel stays strong and flexible even at freezing temperatures

The freeze-proof, self-healing hydrogel could expand the temperature range for some electronics and medical devices

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Methane burst detected on Mars

Curiosity rover reports highest concentration yet

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Emily Balskus wins Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists

Harvard chemical biologist honored for her work on the gut microbiome

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New approach counters the effects of fentanyl and carfentanil that overwhelm current overdose treatments like Narcan

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Chemical Safety Board investigating Philadelphia refinery fire

Facility to close after incident injured 4 workers

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Chemical maker plans Qatari project while reportedly bidding for Nova Chemicals

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First direct measurements of atomic bromine in the atmosphere reported

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