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Business leaders name regulations they would like to see go

24 Feb 2017 17:07:30 +0000

Several chemical company CEOs sign letter to the Trump Administration(image)



Computers predict molecules’ scent from their structures

24 Feb 2017 12:32:52 +0000

Crowdsourcing project feeds odor perception data into machine-learning algorithms to sniff out compounds’ aroma profiles(image)



U.S. indicts a lab chemicals supplier

24 Feb 2017 00:47:05 +0000

AK Scientific charged with illegally shipping hazardous chemicals(image)



Fighting fungal infection with targeted therapy

23 Feb 2017 21:31:01 +0000

Tweaking the structure of a membrane-disrupting antifungal compound reduces collateral damage to mammalian cells(image)



Surprising amyloid structure solved

23 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Bacterial peptide forms amyloids with α-helices instead of β-sheets; new structures could be targets for antibiotics(image)



Stable colloids made with inorganic molten salts

23 Feb 2017 00:29:00 +0000

Potential applications include improved heat-transfer fluids and new inorganic thermoelectric materials(image)



Harvesting therapeutic proteins from animal slobber

23 Feb 2017 00:27:00 +0000

Scientists genetically engineered mice to secrete human nerve growth factor in their saliva, a first step toward using critter spit to crank out drugs(image)



Gilead buys Priority Review Voucher from Sarepta

22 Feb 2017 19:23:00 +0000

Deal for $125 million hints at cooler market for the incentive(image)



Slow-release nitrogen fertilizer could increase crop yields

22 Feb 2017 13:09:00 +0000

A new nanoparticle-based fertilizer delivers plant nutrients efficiently and reduces the harm of agricultural runoff(image)



What’s in a bowling ball, and how does its chemistry help topple pins?

21 Feb 2017 23:24:33 +0000

Polymer science reigns supreme on the lanes(image)



Tronox to acquire TiO2 rival Cristal

21 Feb 2017 21:39:00 +0000

Purchase will create the world’s largest producer of the white pigment(image)



Nanoscience pioneer Millie Dresselhaus dies at 86

21 Feb 2017 18:58:00 +0000

Groundbreaking studies on carbon nanostructures earned her the title “Queen of Carbon Science”(image)



Harvesting therapeutic proteins from animal slobber

21 Feb 2017 16:10:00 +0000

Scientists genetically engineered mice to secrete human nerve growth factor in their saliva, a first step toward using critter spit to crank out drugs(image)



What are sports drinks, and do regular athletes need them?

21 Feb 2017 14:07:41 +0000

The tasty mixtures of water, sugar, and electrolytes are useful for elite endurance athletes but probably not for normal fitness fans(image)



Stable colloids made with inorganic molten salts

20 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Potential applications include improved heat-transfer fluids and new inorganic thermoelectric materials(image)



Counterfeit pesticides damage EU economy

20 Feb 2017 06:00:48 +0000

Intellectual property report shows lost revenue and jobs(image)



Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

17 Feb 2017 19:43:00 +0000

Uncertainty surrounds agency as Oklahoma attorney general readies to take the helm(image)



CRISPR patent dispute ends well for Broad Institute. Berkeley says: Not so fast

17 Feb 2017 01:15:00 +0000

Patent court judges released long-awaited decision, but legal battle for CRISPR is just beginning(image)



New amination chemistry brought to light

17 Feb 2017 01:12:36 +0000

Photogenerated radical cations yield amines previously impossible to make(image)



Organics found on dwarf planet Ceres

17 Feb 2017 01:11:00 +0000

Dawn spacecraft’s discovery suggests chemistry needed to make life’s building blocks is widespread in solar system(image)



Enhancing carbon-13 NMR signals in liquids

17 Feb 2017 01:07:52 +0000

Researchers improve effectiveness of dynamic nuclear polarization through choice of polarizer and other parameter changes(image)



DuPont, Chemours settle PFOA suits

16 Feb 2017 02:00:00 +0000

Deal will provide $670 million to Ohio Valley residents who claim they were sickened by exposure to contaminated drinking water(image)



Mussel glues rely on cation-aromatic attraction

15 Feb 2017 21:58:00 +0000

Protein adhesives that anchor the shellfish to rocks get their strength from cation-π interactions between amino acids, study suggests(image)



Elementis invests in antiperspirant actives

15 Feb 2017 21:04:00 +0000

British firm to pay $360 million for maker of aluminum salts(image)



Pinning a bull’s-eye on cancer cells

15 Feb 2017 19:21:00 +0000

Bioorthogonal technique adds azide groups to cancer cell surfaces for selective drug targeting(image)



Avantium eyes $100 million IPO

15 Feb 2017 17:12:00 +0000

Will use funds to help build its first biobased chemical plant(image)



International committee says push forward with human genome editing

15 Feb 2017 16:21:00 +0000

National Academies report paves a path for future germline editing, but only under strict conditions(image)



Versant-backed Jecure launches to tackle NASH

15 Feb 2017 13:01:00 +0000

Biotech will use $20 million in funding to develop first-in class compounds(image)



DuPont and Chemours settle PFOA suits

13 Feb 2017 17:13:00 +0000

Deal will provide $670 million to Ohio Valley residents who claim they were sickened by exposure to contaminated drinking water(image)



Molecule from malaria parasite attracts hungry mosquitoes

13 Feb 2017 06:01:13 +0000

Finding explains why female mosquitoes prefer to feed on blood cells infected with malaria(image)



Gore to drop waterproofing PFCs

13 Feb 2017 06:01:00 +0000

Pressure from Greenpeace bears fruit as the outdoor apparel industry seeks replacement chemicals(image)



Chemical trade group attacks cancer research agency

10 Feb 2017 14:46:00 +0000

Web-based campaign questions credibility of World Health Organization agency’s cancer monographs(image)



Engineered bacteria call in immune cells to attack cancer

10 Feb 2017 13:00:45 +0000

Microbes act as immunotherapy, recruiting and activating immune cells to slow tumor growth(image)



OLED growth spurs spending spree

10 Feb 2017 00:50:00 +0000

Raw materials producers expand facilities, boost R&D, and acquire assets(image)



Modifying methionine on proteins

09 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Redox chemistry turns reticent amino acid into bioconjugation handle(image)



Helium forms stable molecules at high pressures

09 Feb 2017 18:24:00 +0000

Findings broaden understanding of chemical reactivity, inertness, and astrochemistry(image)



Quinoa genome sequenced

08 Feb 2017 19:10:00 +0000

Knowledge of supergrain’s genetics could improve cultivation and production(image)



Quinoa genome sequenced

08 Feb 2017 19:10:00 +0000

Conocer la genética de este ‘súper-cereal’ podría mejorar su cultivo y producción.(image)



House renews EPA inquiry

08 Feb 2017 19:01:00 +0000

Science-based policymaking, scientific integrity questioned at committee hearing(image)



New life for old preservative

08 Feb 2017 16:27:00 +0000

Maker of benzoates sees opportunity to replace suspect biocides in personal care(image)



A solid new approach to sodium batteries

08 Feb 2017 14:09:00 +0000

Adding an extra layer to solid-state sodium-ion batteries could make them a safe bet for renewable energy storage(image)



Pancreatic cancer biomarker bolsters nanoparticle-based diagnostic

08 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Speedy sensor detects vesicles released by tumors in tiny drops of blood(image)



Tracing the chemistry of household dust

07 Feb 2017 23:27:00 +0000

Researchers are finding an ever-growing list of chemicals in dust and are trying to understand what the compounds mean for our health(image)



Dispute over the legal rights to an anticancer agent continues

07 Feb 2017 20:12:00 +0000

Patent reissued for molecule at the center of a disagreement between Scripps and Oncoceutics(image)



What's chocolate, and how does its chemistry inspire such cravings?

07 Feb 2017 20:03:00 +0000

Hundreds of chemicals make chocolate so delicious, and it was once a currency you could eat(image)



Pancreatic cancer biomarker bolsters nanoparticle-based diagnostic

07 Feb 2017 16:29:00 +0000

Speedy sensor detects vesicles released by tumors in tiny drops of blood(image)



U.S. immigration ban could lead affected chemists to Europe

06 Feb 2017 19:18:00 +0000

Swiss institute in informal discussions with researchers interested in relocation(image)



Chemical firms succeed with specialties

06 Feb 2017 06:00:41 +0000

Fourth-quarter results show importance of demand for consumer products(image)



Polymer improves stability of protein drug

03 Feb 2017 17:55:20 +0000

A trehalose-based glycopolymer protects insulin against heat and mechanical stress, prolonging the protein’s in vivo lifetime in mice(image)



New sunscreens inspired by nature

03 Feb 2017 15:03:37 +0000

UV-protecting molecules made by microorganisms could be modified for humans(image)



New mechanism for a methylating enzyme

03 Feb 2017 15:03:00 +0000

Radical SAM enzyme uses unexpected molecule as a methyl donor(image)



Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban

03 Feb 2017 01:00:00 +0000

Trump immigration order causes upheaval among Iranian scientists(image)



Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban

03 Feb 2017 01:00:00 +0000

La orden migratoria de Trump causa un revuelo entre los científicos iraníes.(image)



Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban

03 Feb 2017 00:33:44 +0000

Chemists are among those affected by limit on visitors from seven countries(image)



Congress considers revoking industrial chemical safety rule

02 Feb 2017 21:54:00 +0000

Chemical manufacturers asked lawmakers to rescind EPA regulation(image)



Breaking Isopropyl’s Symmetry with C–H activation

02 Feb 2017 19:18:00 +0000

Palladium-ligand combo locks up isopropyl moiety to generate chiral molecules from feedstock derivative(image)



Vividion Therapeutics launches out of Scripps Research Institute

02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000

New firm aims to discover small-molecule drugs using chemical proteomics(image)



Chemists construct heterocycle missing link

02 Feb 2017 12:36:00 +0000

Dioxaazatriborinane (B3NO2) expands the diversity of six-membered rings and serves as an organocatalyst to boot(image)



Trump meets with pharmaceutical industry executives

02 Feb 2017 00:57:00 +0000

Drug prices, the approval process, and manufacturing jobs were the focus(image)



Porton buys chemistry service firm J-Star

02 Feb 2017 00:55:00 +0000

Deal is latest purchase of an independent U.S. research company(image)



Chemist among Quebec shooting victims

01 Feb 2017 22:46:00 +0000

Khaled Belkacemi was doing research on green chemistry and functional foods(image)



Collagen found in 195 million-year-old dinosaur bone, perhaps

01 Feb 2017 21:49:00 +0000

Finding represents the oldest protein fossil discovered so far, but skeptics aren’t convinced by infrared data(image)



Chemist among Quebec shooting victims

31 Jan 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Khaled Belkacemi was doing research on green chemistry and functional foods(image)



Trump meets with pharmaceutical industry executives

31 Jan 2017 18:16:00 +0000

Drug prices, the approval process, and manufacturing jobs were the focus(image)



Porton buys chemistry service firm J-Star

31 Jan 2017 17:01:27 +0000

Deal is latest purchase of an independent U.S. research company(image)



Chemical makers ask U.S. Congress to revoke industrial safety rule

31 Jan 2017 15:48:00 +0000

ACC, SOCMA among groups seeking overturn of EPA regulation(image)



Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban

30 Jan 2017 22:20:00 +0000

Chemists are among those affected by limit on visitors from seven countries(image)



Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban

30 Jan 2017 22:20:00 +0000

Químicos están entre los afectados por el límite de visitantes de siete países(image)



Chemists construct heterocycle missing link

30 Jan 2017 17:51:00 +0000

Dioxaazatriborinane (B3NO2) expands the diversity of six-membered rings and serves as an organocatalyst to boot(image)



Dow and DuPont delay their merger

30 Jan 2017 06:01:22 +0000

The two firms promise to preserve R&D jobs to get European approvals(image)



U.S. science community reacts to Trump Administration

27 Jan 2017 00:30:00 +0000

Reported restriction on communication of federal science sparks blowback(image)



More than 1,000 drug plants never inspected

27 Jan 2017 00:23:00 +0000

Audit notes persistent deficiencies in FDA’s efforts to keep U.S. drug supply safe(image)



A flavor face-lift for supermarket tomatoes

27 Jan 2017 00:16:00 +0000

Researchers sequence the genes of hundreds of tomato varieties to construct a road map back to desirable flavor(image)



World Trade Organization boosts poor countries’ ability to import generic drugs

27 Jan 2017 00:15:26 +0000

Changes aimed at nations without capacity to produce generics(image)



Trump sets U.S. on new path

26 Jan 2017 23:22:08 +0000

Trade, manufacturing, energy, and environment policies impact chemistry enterprise(image)



J&J to pay $30 billion for Actelion

26 Jan 2017 18:38:13 +0000

A new biotech will be created from Actelion’s research unit(image)



Fighting buildup of tau protein in Alzheimer’s by targeting RNA

26 Jan 2017 16:09:00 +0000

Antisense oligonucleotide therapy reduces tau in mice(image)



Cutting coal reduced atmospheric mercury in northeastern U.S.

25 Jan 2017 23:13:00 +0000

Decreased pollution from coal-fired power plants has led to a decline in the region’s atmospheric mercury since 2000(image)



A milder, more general approach to deoxyfluorinations

25 Jan 2017 19:34:00 +0000

Latest method converts phenols to aryl fluorides, with benefits for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals(image)






Ginkgo Bioworks buys DNA supplier Gen9

25 Jan 2017 16:45:00 +0000

Microbe maker back integrates by acquiring gene synthesis firm(image)



Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal

24 Jan 2017 21:06:05 +0000

Killing the tariff-cutting pact is a setback for chemical exporters(image)



Samsung: Flaws led to Note 7 fires

24 Jan 2017 20:00:00 +0000

Independent auditors fault suppliers for defective batteries(image)



How does the universe hide its solid iron?

23 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Probably not in pure grains, according to one team of rocketeer researchers(image)



Two chemical makers ready stock offerings

23 Jan 2017 06:01:10 +0000

AlzChem and Venator prepare to offer shares in first half of 2017(image)



Ag giants fight for deal approvals

22 Jan 2017 22:19:51 +0000

Antitrust regulators still haven’t okayed three agrochemical mergers(image)



Avantium buys Liquid Light

22 Jan 2017 17:15:59 +0000

Assets of start-up focused on making chemicals from CO2 go to Dutch research firm(image)



Cutting coal has reduced atmospheric mercury in northeastern U.S.

20 Jan 2017 21:46:00 +0000

Decreased pollution from coal-fired power plants has led to a decline in the region’s atmospheric mercury since 2000(image)



Gecko-inspired adhesion controlled by light

19 Jan 2017 23:48:00 +0000

Adhesive grips and releases objects thanks to UV-triggered azobenzene chemistry(image)



Making aptamers with biology’s help

19 Jan 2017 23:32:36 +0000

RNA sequences from riboswitches and ribozymes provide scaffolds that help aptamers work better in cells(image)



Big data technique predicts 12% of unknown protein structures

19 Jan 2017 23:30:00 +0000

Milestone in modeling yields 100 new protein folds(image)



Civil suit filed against University of Hawaii for lab explosion

19 Jan 2017 23:11:00 +0000

Injured researcher Thea Ekins-Coward and her spouse allege negligence and emotional distress(image)



On-demand pain relief, triggered by light

19 Jan 2017 19:04:26 +0000

Injectable material can be repeatedly stimulated with near-infrared light to release painkillers(image)



Biogen pays $1.25 billion to protect a blockbuster drug

19 Jan 2017 17:14:00 +0000

Licensing agreement with Forward Pharma will ensure rights to the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera(image)



AkzoNobel unveils global research challenge

18 Jan 2017 23:56:00 +0000

Seeks partners to codevelop sustainable chemistries(image)



Opioid side effects blocked by targeting sensory neurons

18 Jan 2017 21:20:00 +0000

Study in mice proposes mechanism for why patients seeking pain relief need higher and higher opioid doses over time(image)



Biogen pays $1.25 billion
 to protect a blockbuster drug

18 Jan 2017 20:01:00 +0000

Licensing agreement with Forward Pharma will ensure rights to the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera(image)



AkzoNobel unveils global research challenge

18 Jan 2017 18:18:00 +0000

Seeks partners to codevelop sustainable chemistries(image)



Specialized coatings help detect gravitational waves

18 Jan 2017 17:10:00 +0000

A 2-µm-thick film helped produce the ultrareflective mirrors needed to confirm Einstein’s century-old prediction [...]



EPA cranks out toxics rules during Obama’s last days in office

17 Jan 2017 21:09:05 +0000

Agency proposes processes for identifying and evaluating high-risk chemicals [...]