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Hairy, expanding nanoparticles produce versatile coatings

09 Dec 2016 19:43:54 +0000

Particles that change size with pH could help scientists fine-tune surface coatings(image)



L’Oreal sued over hair protection knockoff

09 Dec 2016 18:45:00 +0000

Start-up firm Olaplex charges theft of its chemistry intellectual property(image)



Brain waves clear Alzheimer’s plaques

09 Dec 2016 14:06:00 +0000

New study in mice suggests that triggering certain patterns of brain activity could spur immune cells to clear out amyloid-β(image)



Versatile route to chiral alkylboronate esters

08 Dec 2016 19:05:17 +0000

Compounds feature boron bound to a stereogenic carbon, could help chemists who make drugs(image)



Spiny lobster relies on deep-sea vent chemistry

08 Dec 2016 17:56:17 +0000

The Caribbean crustacean’s food chain contains bacteria that generate energy using sulfur oxidation, showing that chemosynthesis supports a multi-million-dollar fishing industry(image)



Medical innovation bill sails through Congress

08 Dec 2016 16:22:00 +0000

Legislation authorizes increases in funding for NIH, FDA with caveats(image)



Trump names EPA administrator

08 Dec 2016 15:29:00 +0000

Pruitt has opposed expansion of agency’s chemical safety program(image)



China tightens grip on hazardous chemicals

08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Beijing’s disaster prevention masterplan may bring further headaches to chemical producers, shippers(image)



CRISPR creators duke it out in U.S. patent court

07 Dec 2016 22:20:00 +0000

Attorneys representing UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute argue over whose patent matters more(image)



EPA moves to ban uses of trichloroethylene

07 Dec 2016 22:08:00 +0000

Proposal would prohibit some uses of common solvent to protect workers, consumers(image)



Solvay will sell acetate business to Blackstone

07 Dec 2016 19:09:16 +0000

Deal to sharpen Belgian firm’s focus on specialty chemicals(image)



Creating hybrid plant and human cells yields evolutionary insights

07 Dec 2016 16:47:23 +0000

Fusing plant and human cells in the lab gives scientists a way to study the evolution of chromosome function(image)



Fly farming pioneer AgriProtein attracts investors

07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Firm harnesses hungry fly larvae to reduce waste, feed livestock(image)



Designer molecule tracks copper’s role in fatty liver disease

06 Dec 2016 18:43:00 +0000

Copper-selective probe is a new tool for studying metal deficiency in live mice(image)



Patheon acquires a Roche facility

05 Dec 2016 06:01:07 +0000

South Carolina plant will beef up pharmaceutical service firm’s chemical side(image)



Solar device desalinates water efficiently

05 Dec 2016 06:01:00 +0000

Thermal insulator boosts performance by protecting the device’s sunlight absorber from heat loss(image)



Group grades retailers on safer chemicals in products

05 Dec 2016 06:00:58 +0000

Walmart, Target get highest marks for reducing priority chemicals of concern(image)



ACS journals enact new safety policy

02 Dec 2016 01:45:00 +0000

Authors to be required to address novel or significant hazards(image)



Japanese firms eye shale gas revolution

02 Dec 2016 00:52:00 +0000

Petrochemical joint venture will import propane as new raw material(image)



Boron nitride unexpectedly converts propane to propene

01 Dec 2016 23:04:00 +0000

Low-cost, metal-free material shows promise as catalyst for key hydrocarbon conversion reaction(image)



Handheld artificial nose sniffs out rotting meat

01 Dec 2016 18:17:00 +0000

Detecting meat freshness could reduce food waste and prevent food-borne illness(image)



Teaching aryl Grignards new synthetic tricks

01 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +0000

Classic organometallic reagent reacts with bench-stable oxaziridines to forge C–N and C–O bonds(image)



Turning blood cells into light-controlled drug carriers

01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Researchers store drugs in red blood cells as vitamin B12 conjugates and release them with light(image)



Axial Biotherapeutics launches with neuroscience focus

01 Dec 2016 12:47:00 +0000

New microbiome firm connects gut microbes with autism and Parkinson’s disease(image)



Companies invest in aquaculture ingredients

01 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000

BASF, Cargill, Calysta advance alternatives to wild fish(image)



ACS among science organizations calling for Trump to appoint a science adviser

01 Dec 2016 06:01:00 +0000

Groups ask president-elect to prioritize science in transition(image)



Names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 finalized by IUPAC

30 Nov 2016 17:13:00 +0000

Nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson complete the seventh row of the periodic table(image)



EPA flexes muscle under new TSCA

30 Nov 2016 16:19:43 +0000

Agency picks first 10 chemicals, including asbestos, for safety evaluation(image)



ACS among science organizations calling for Trump to appoint a science adviser

29 Nov 2016 21:08:00 +0000

Groups ask president-elect to prioritize science in transition(image)



Obama pick for U.S. Chemical Safety Board has strong industry ties

28 Nov 2016 16:11:00 +0000

If confirmed, Meidl would bring CSB to full complement of members(image)



Vanderbilt neuroscience drug advances to clinic

28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 +0000

Phase I study of Alzheimer’s treatment represents shift in academic drug discovery model(image)



Diet and microbiome conspire to modify epigenetics

27 Nov 2016 12:08:26 +0000

Short-chain fatty acids produced by the mouse microbiome in response to diet alter acetylation and methylation on histone proteins(image)



Protein provides new route to carbon-silicon bonds

24 Nov 2016 19:01:00 +0000

Bacterial cytochrome c demonstrates first example of biologically catalyzed organosilicon chemistry(image)



Young blood may not cure aging ills after all

24 Nov 2016 00:03:00 +0000

New method for mouse blood exchange could clear up conflicts in past experiments(image)



DuPont readies a pension freeze

23 Nov 2016 21:09:17 +0000

Cost saving measure will hit in 2018, after its merger with Dow closes(image)



Federal overtime rule blocked by court would affect chemistry postdocs

23 Nov 2016 18:27:00 +0000

Judge says Obama Administration exceeded its authority in requiring such a large pay increase(image)



Making affordable antireflective coatings for flexible surfaces

23 Nov 2016 18:19:02 +0000

Simple way to make antiglare coatings could be useful for large windows and flexible displays(image)



Lilly Alzheimer’s drug fails

23 Nov 2016 15:26:00 +0000

The firm will not seek regulatory approval for solanezumab(image)



A step toward mitochondrial gene therapy

23 Nov 2016 08:15:00 +0000

Peptide-based system delivers DNA into mitochondria(image)



Cement could be a helpful carbon sink

22 Nov 2016 21:36:00 +0000

Model suggests cement reacting with CO₂ can offset part of the emissions from its production(image)



U.K. premiere pledges extra $2 billion for R&D

22 Nov 2016 17:16:00 +0000

Money would offset funds Britain could lose when it exits the European Union(image)



A step toward mitochondrial gene therapy

22 Nov 2016 14:28:01 +0000

A self-assembling, peptide-based gene delivery system might one day correct mitochondrial DNA mutations that underlie disease(image)



Dams increase mercury exposure for Canadian indigenous communities

21 Nov 2016 13:39:32 +0000

Damming for hydropower boosts toxic methylmercury in traditional diets(image)



Cleantech industry ponders Trump presidency

21 Nov 2016 06:01:25 +0000

With climate policies in the crosshairs, companies pin hopes on job creation efforts(image)



Ashland may exit butanediol

21 Nov 2016 06:01:06 +0000

Company says the business doesn’t match its new specialty chemical lifestyle(image)



Elegant way to build β-lactams

18 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Palladium-catalyzed process weds aliphatic amines and carbon monoxide(image)



Ignacio Tinoco dies at age 85

18 Nov 2016 16:45:00 +0000

Colleagues reflect on the passing of UC Berkeley professor and pioneer in RNA folding(image)



Beware of a bogus ChemRxiv

17 Nov 2016 23:57:32 +0000

Phony version of ACS preprint server is online(image)



Synthetic biology pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere

17 Nov 2016 23:41:00 +0000

A suite of enzymes borrowed from humans, plants, and other life-forms can turn the greenhouse gas into industrial building block chemicals(image)



Roche launches network for cancer immunotherapy

17 Nov 2016 23:38:15 +0000

Drug firm will spend $100 million at 21 institutions across nine countries(image)



Synthesis of poison dart frog toxin brings surprises

17 Nov 2016 23:07:00 +0000

Asymmetric route to batrachotoxin opens avenues for studying sodium channels(image)



X-ray technique captures fast ligand-binding dynamics

17 Nov 2016 16:52:00 +0000

Rapid mixing device combined with tiny crystals enables researchers to watch riboswitch in action(image)



EPA reaffirms plan to ban chlorpyrifos on food

17 Nov 2016 00:56:00 +0000

Agency cites concerns about neurotoxicity of organophosphate insecticide(image)



Chemical traces yield ‘lifestyle sketches’

16 Nov 2016 19:43:00 +0000

Compounds left behind on personal objects such as cell phones reveal much about the daily activities of the user(image)



A healable polymer for stretchable electronics

16 Nov 2016 19:35:00 +0000

Intrinsically stretchy semiconductor has promise for wearable sensors and displays(image)



Third Rock- and Atlas-backed Magenta launches

16 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Biotech will try to overhaul stem cell transplants(image)



Hyperlens lights a new path to nanofabrication

15 Nov 2016 23:27:00 +0000

Metamaterial lens beats diffraction limit and could bolster photolithography(image)



Seabirds eat plastic pollution because it smells good

14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Study shows that plastic debris grows algae, which in turn produces a chemical with an enticing aroma(image)



Evonik gets biobased methionine technology

14 Nov 2016 06:00:44 +0000

German firm seeks to supplement synthetic production of animal feed amino acid(image)



Texas project is headache for contractor Fluor

12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Cost overruns at Chevron Phillips cracker turn project into a loss for Fluor(image)



Bromine-containing dyes dwarf flame retardants in house dust

11 Nov 2016 18:53:23 +0000

Mutagenic azo dyes are the most prevalent brominated compounds in dust(image)



Bugs, they’re what’s for dinner

11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)



How evolution repurposed a bone gene for brain development

10 Nov 2016 15:20:00 +0000

Study suggests gene that mice express in muscle and bone helps regulate how primate neurons form connections(image)



What the 2016 election means for the legal marijuana industry

10 Nov 2016 12:15:00 +0000

Voters uphold plastic bag ban in California(image)



Mutagenic dyes prevalent in house dust

10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Screening unveils the largest class of brominated compounds present in the home(image)



What election 2016 means for the chemistry enterprise

10 Nov 2016 01:46:00 +0000

Less federal research funding and regulation expected(image)



New route for taming poison ivy’s itch

09 Nov 2016 21:20:00 +0000

Blocking immune system protein interleukin-33 squelches itch signaling in mice(image)



Novel vaccines block iron scavenging by bacteria

09 Nov 2016 20:52:00 +0000

Agents starve bacteria by raising antibodies to capture the small molecules the microbes release to harvest iron(image)



Brexit could hit U.K. life sciences hard

09 Nov 2016 19:37:00 +0000

Separation from Europe will impact R&D funding, drug regulation and sales(image)



What Election 2016 means for the chemistry enterprise

09 Nov 2016 15:30:00 +0000

Less federal research funding and regulation expected; expansion of legal marijuana could be a boon for analytical testing companies(image)



Trump’s views on major science policy issues

09 Nov 2016 15:15:00 +0000

Earlier this year, the then-candidate answered 20 questions from ScienceDebate.org(image)



Strong run ends for Japanese chemical firms

09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000

First-half results paint mixed picture(image)



Bugs, not beef

08 Nov 2016 21:47:00 +0000

Edible insects could supply as much dietary iron as meat(image)



Tesla to launch solar roofs

07 Nov 2016 06:00:42 +0000

Amid planned merger with SolarCity, Tesla founder Musk thinks attractive panels will break open the market(image)



Pfizer discontinues work on bococizumab

05 Nov 2016 22:14:54 +0000

Anti-cholesterol therapy was the drugmaker’s latest attempt at a Lipitor follow-up(image)



Aramco buys Novomer’s CO2-based polyols business

04 Nov 2016 17:05:29 +0000

Saudi oil company says carbon dioxide-based polyols will flourish with its backing(image)



Replacing inhibitor’s hydrogen bond boosts potency

04 Nov 2016 00:04:00 +0000


Peptide blocks key signaling pathway involved in cancer and other diseases(image)



Early career scientists don’t necessarily publish more important research

03 Nov 2016 20:18:00 +0000

The most successful papers come at random times in scientists’ careers, study shows(image)



Breaking bonds in unstrained rings

03 Nov 2016 14:45:28 +0000

Catalyst system activates carbon-carbon bonds in cyclopentanones(image)



Nanosensor reveals temperature variation in the muscles of live creatures

03 Nov 2016 11:31:00 +0000

Nanoparticles containing a pair of fluorescent dyes can detect microscale temperature patterns in beetles(image)



Nanosensors track temperature in live creatures

02 Nov 2016 22:19:00 +0000

Fluorescent nanoparticles map microscale temperature patterns in beetle muscles(image)



DHS seeks advice on bomb chemicals

02 Nov 2016 22:18:00 +0000

National Academies studying ways to control availability of substances used in improvised devices(image)



Airway-on-a-chip smokes cigarettes to study respiratory disease

02 Nov 2016 21:18:16 +0000

Microfluidic device lined with human cells produces same smoking biomarkers as patients with COPD(image)



Hedge fund manager wins U.S. drug patent challenges

02 Nov 2016 20:30:57 +0000

Federal tribunal tosses out Shire, Celgene claims(image)



EPA greenlights 2,4-D and glyphosate mixture

02 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0000

Proposal would expand use of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide(image)



General Electric to exit water treatment by 2017

02 Nov 2016 17:58:00 +0000

Proceeds will pay for an enlargement of the firm’s oil services business(image)



New York City discovery venture advances

02 Nov 2016 14:55:00 +0000

Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute adds a development arm, Bridge Medicines(image)



Peter Dorhout is the 2017 ACS president-elect

01 Nov 2016 22:17:00 +0000

Four other board director positions have also been filled(image)



John D. Roberts dies at age 98

31 Oct 2016 20:33:31 +0000

Caltech chemistry professor brought NMR to organic chemistry(image)



Peter Dorhout is 2017 ACS President-Elect

31 Oct 2016 18:43:00 +0000

Four other board director positions also filled(image)



New weapons in the fight against fungal wilt

31 Oct 2016 16:34:00 +0000

C&EN and CAS examine the intellectual property behind the fight against fusarium wilt disease(image)



Formaldehyde protects lignin during biomass processing

31 Oct 2016 04:13:53 +0000

Simple treatment keeps natural polymer from turning into sludge(image)



Heat-shock proteins have unrecognized roles in cells

31 Oct 2016 04:13:21 +0000

This family of cellular paramedics doesn’t just help peptide chains fold; it also assists mature, folded proteins to get their jobs done(image)



Firms aim to fathom diseases

31 Oct 2016 04:12:51 +0000

Genomics Medicine Ireland and BlackThorn Therapeutics get venture support for understanding diseases(image)



Homeland Security seeks help on bomb chemicals

28 Oct 2016 18:36:00 +0000

National Academies studying ways to control availability of substances used in improvised devices(image)



First-ever solid-state iron-bismuth compound created

28 Oct 2016 14:01:00 +0000

Elusive species completes iron pnictide series(image)



Long-sought atmospheric intermediate detected

28 Oct 2016 11:34:28 +0000

Study helps confirm 43-year-old mechanistic proposal for CO2-forming reaction(image)



Dow, DuPont raise earnings amid demand for cars, houses, and food

28 Oct 2016 11:29:24 +0000

Chemical firms beat lackluster global economy by selling into consumer markets(image)



Chlorine gas released in Kansas distillery chemical mix-up

27 Oct 2016 23:30:56 +0000

U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigating accident(image)



BASF explosion impact lingers

27 Oct 2016 22:30:33 +0000

Marketplace impact continues during investigation(image)