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Single-molecule experiment reveals polymer growth spurts

19 Oct 2017 18:01:04 +0000

Researchers get the first detailed look at how catalysts crank out individual polymer chains(image)



At last, cancer-fighting inhibitors hit deubiquitinase target selectively

19 Oct 2017 15:37:34 +0000

Two research groups find small molecules that block the enzyme USP7 and show promise in mice with tumors(image)



Harry Gray shares his advice for new professors

18 Oct 2017 20:01:08 +0000

Caltech chemist reflects on his first years as an independent researcher(image)



2-D materials make photodetectors ultra-efficient

18 Oct 2017 16:01:00 +0000

Stacking ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenides improves devices’ ability to convert light into electrical signals(image)



EPA restricts dicamba herbicide

18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Manufacturers agree to change labels to limit spray drift(image)



California enacts cleaning product law

17 Oct 2017 20:11:28 +0000

Manufacturers will have to divulge ingredients(image)



Evolving enzymes for nonnatural amino acids

17 Oct 2017 19:32:00 +0000

Continuous evolution improves synthetase’s efficiency, selectivity(image)



Ex-Chemours employee charged with stealing cyanide secrets

16 Oct 2017 19:59:00 +0000

Grand jury charges former employee with planning to sell trade secrets to Chinese investors(image)



Engineered bacteria build microstructures on their own

16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Microbe-built domes coated with gold nanoparticles can serve as simple pressure sensors(image)



Two new TB drugs advance to clinic

16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000

TBA-7371 and sutezolid begin Phase I studies(image)



Firms act on ocean plastic from Southeast Asia

16 Oct 2017 05:00:35 +0000

Initiative aims to stop plastic pollution from Southeast Asia(image)



Roche, Warp Drive form antibiotics pact

16 Oct 2017 04:01:00 +0000

Big pharma firm will pay up to $87 million for access to novel natural product classes(image)






Trump picks climate skeptic for White House environmental post

13 Oct 2017 19:21:09 +0000

Former Texas official defends fossil fuels, questions pollution regulations(image)



Copan confirmed as U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology director

13 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Agency will be led by chemist with experience in industry and government(image)



Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite reveals carbon cycle details

13 Oct 2017 15:41:54 +0000

Analyses show seasonal and El Niño effects on carbon dioxide flux, ability to monitor plant growth(image)



Octopus-inspired robot skin goes 3-D

13 Oct 2017 15:21:00 +0000

Engineers create stretchable silicone material that inflates to predesigned textured shapes(image)



Enzyme beats catalysts at oxidation game

12 Oct 2017 18:29:00 +0000

Directed evolution yields enzyme that oxidizes alkenes in a unique way(image)



Big pharma joins NIH’s Cancer Moonshot for a biomarker hunt

12 Oct 2017 18:21:58 +0000

The National Institutes of Health announces a five-year, $215 million partnership with 11 companies to establish biomarkers for immunotherapies(image)



Bryostatin advances: A shorter synthesis and an HIV takedown

12 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0000

29-step route promises to boost dwindling supply of bryostatin 1, while an analog kicks latent virus out of cells and kills it(image)



Climeworks joins project to trap carbon dioxide in rocks

12 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Team launches first plant to capture ambient CO2 for permanent storage(image)



Microneedle skin patch fights fat

12 Oct 2017 05:00:19 +0000

The patch slowly and safely releases a drug that transforms white fat to brown in mice(image)



People may expect more side effects from pricier drugs

12 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Researchers demonstrate that more expensive drugs have stronger nocebo effects in lab study(image)



U.S. EPA moves to kill power plant CO2 rules

11 Oct 2017 21:09:00 +0000

Decline in nation’s coal use likely to continue despite Trump Administration effort(image)



China will accept foreign clinical trial data

11 Oct 2017 17:30:28 +0000

Decision by country’s drug administrator should help foreign drug companies(image)



Forgery of ancient silk leaves chemical footprint

11 Oct 2017 16:48:58 +0000

Amino acid signature suggests artificial aging of purported Persian silks(image)



Making a safer lithium-ion battery

11 Oct 2017 16:17:38 +0000

Electrode coating brings performance of nonflammable aqueous batteries more in line with commercial devices(image)



Chinese chemistry Ph.D. grads are forgoing U.S. postdocs

11 Oct 2017 15:07:00 +0000

Strong chemistry job market in China makes U.S. postdoc opportunities less attractive(image)



Periodic graphics: The chemistry of spiderwebs

10 Oct 2017 22:48:00 +0000

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the chemistry that makes spider silk strong and elastic.(image)



DowDuPont, Chemours named in GenX lawsuit

10 Oct 2017 19:32:57 +0000

Replacement for troublesome fluoropolymer processing aid is the target of a class-action suit(image)



AkzoNobel has new route to ethyleneamines

09 Oct 2017 05:00:32 +0000

Dutch firm claims technology is a ‘game changer’(image)



Chemical makers step up dumping claims

09 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Congress, Trump Administration have signaled willingness to investigate low-priced imports(image)



People may expect more side effects from pricier drugs

08 Oct 2017 21:35:00 +0000

Researchers demonstrate that more expensive drugs have stronger nocebo effects in lab study(image)



Cryo-electron microscopy innovators win 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

08 Oct 2017 20:38:18 +0000

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson honored for developing the technique, which enables unprecedented views of important biomolecules(image)



Microneedle skin patch fights fat

08 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0000

The patch slowly and safely releases a drug that transforms white fat to brown(image)



An easier way to tell fossil fuels from biofuels

06 Oct 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Prototype laser absorption spectrometer could make radiocarbon analysis less expensive(image)



Organic material sets luminescent record

05 Oct 2017 19:04:02 +0000

Persistent glowing material could find applications in road paints and street signs(image)



A new dipstick test can rapidly distinguish between Zika and dengue fever infections

05 Oct 2017 18:11:00 +0000

An international team has developed a way to easily differentiate the closely related viral infections(image)



Publishers taking legal action against ResearchGate to limit unlicensed paper sharing on networking site

05 Oct 2017 17:08:00 +0000

Separate suit against pirate site Sci-Hub by the American Chemical Society appears likely to succeed(image)



Circadian rhythm pioneers win 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

05 Oct 2017 15:59:00 +0000

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young share top honor for discovering the mechanisms that control our biological clock(image)



Detection of gravitational waves wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

04 Oct 2017 20:48:00 +0000

LIGO scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne pioneered the design of detector of black-hole mergers and other astronomical events(image)



American Chemical Society wins preliminary finding against Sci-Hub

04 Oct 2017 18:51:51 +0000

Judge says the distributor of pirated papers violated ACS’s copyright and trademark protections(image)



Chinese car maker invests in Australian lithium miner

04 Oct 2017 17:12:01 +0000

Move by big SUV manufacturer shows interest in securing battery raw material supplies(image)



Cryo-electron microscopy innovators win 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

04 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +0000

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson honored for developing the technique, which enables unprecedented views of important biomolecules(image)



Fluorescent sensor measures ionic strength in living cells

04 Oct 2017 14:06:38 +0000

First in vivo ionic strength sensor could identify variations within a cell(image)



Navire launches to clog cancer proteins with ‘molecular glue’

04 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

With $30 million from BridgeBio Pharma, biotech firm will develop small-molecule inhibitors of the tyrosine phosphatase SHP2(image)



Detection of gravitational waves wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

03 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000

LIGO scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne pioneered the design of detector of black-hole mergers and other astronomical events(image)



An easier way to tell fossil fuels from biofuels

03 Oct 2017 10:48:38 +0000

Prototype laser absorption spectrometer could make radiocarbon analysis less expensive(image)



Circadian rhythm pioneers win 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

02 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0000

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young share top honor for discovering the mechanisms that control our biological clock(image)



KSQ launches with $76 million in funding

02 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000

The biotech firm hopes its high-throughput CRISPR screening platform will crack open a new range of oncology and immunology drug targets(image)



Reinvestigation of periodate chemistry challenges conventional view

02 Oct 2017 09:45:00 +0000

New study finds aqueous periodate composed of species originally proposed in the 1950s(image)



Activists warn of algae escape

02 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Genetically modified algae pose risks for the environment, report says(image)



Antibiotic resistance could spread through feed at fish farms

29 Sep 2017 22:21:41 +0000

Fishmeal harbors antibiotic-resistance genes and stimulates their spread in lab tests(image)



Hurricane Maria ravages Puerto Rico

29 Sep 2017 01:27:00 +0000

Outlook unclear for pharmaceutical manufacturing, higher education facilities(image)



Computationally designed ‘mini proteins’ prevent flu infection in mice

28 Sep 2017 23:11:27 +0000

High-throughput design technique could lead to novel therapeutics(image)



ACS launches two new journals for applied materials research

28 Sep 2017 21:18:04 +0000

Titles aim to increase publication capacity, reduce publication time for energy and nanomaterials research(image)



Who will win the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry?

28 Sep 2017 19:32:33 +0000

C&EN reporters and special guests webcast their predictions for this year’s prestigious award(image)



Catalyst closes a gap in hetero Diels-Alder reaction

28 Sep 2017 18:36:00 +0000

Powerful acid family enables cycloaddition of unactivated aldehydes and dienes(image)



Novartis, Berkeley sign drug chemistry pact

28 Sep 2017 18:08:20 +0000

Chemoproteomics and targeted protein degradation could hit previously undruggable proteins(image)



Frustrated polymers heal themselves

28 Sep 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Researchers take frustrated Lewis acid-base pair concept in a different direction with a new mode of cross-linking in self-healing gels(image)



U.S. FDA targets illegal online drug sales

28 Sep 2017 12:17:00 +0000

Agency takes action against unapproved prescription medicines(image)



China increases the pressure on chemical producers

27 Sep 2017 17:39:12 +0000

Companies face new restrictions ahead of a key government meeting next month(image)



CRISPR’s next target: The bad bugs in your gut

27 Sep 2017 17:10:00 +0000

The French biotech start-up Eligo Bioscience lands $20 million in series A funding to advance its CRISPR-packed phage platform(image)



Metallopeptide catalyst eases synthesis of antibody-drug conjugates

27 Sep 2017 17:08:00 +0000

Rhodium-based catalyst enables drugs to attach to a predictable site on an antibody(image)



CRISPR’s next target: The bad bugs in your gut

26 Sep 2017 14:45:00 +0000

The French biotech Eligo Biosciences lands $20 million in series A funding to advance its CRISPR-packed phage platform(image)



Tattoo inks go more than skin deep

25 Sep 2017 16:27:00 +0000

New study reports that nanoparticles from the inks end up in lymph nodes(image)



Calorie restriction slows age-related epigenetic changes

25 Sep 2017 13:15:00 +0000

Scientists report a potential epigenetic link between calorie-restricted diet and longevity(image)



Ethanol from trashy sources advances

25 Sep 2017 05:00:38 +0000

Firms turn to garbage and wheat straw to make the fuel alcohol(image)



Metallopeptide catalyst eases synthesis of antibody-drug conjugates

22 Sep 2017 20:05:19 +0000

A promising drug-targeting approach is made easier thanks to a new rhodium-based catalyst(image)



Industry is too focused on applied research, chemists say in survey

22 Sep 2017 18:18:46 +0000

Chemical enterprise must also address image problem to attract top talent(image)



Kuraray snags Calgon Carbon for $1.1 billion

21 Sep 2017 18:40:24 +0000

Japanese acquirer says the activated carbon maker will make it a global force in filtration media(image)



Synthetic receptors imitate GPCRs

21 Sep 2017 18:40:00 +0000

Vesicle signaling system could deliver drugs on command(image)



Triple Boston biotech launch includes Kaleido, LifeMine, and Disarm Therapeutics

21 Sep 2017 16:58:26 +0000

Start-ups aim to modulate the microbiome, trawl fungal genomes for drugs, and prevent axon degeneration(image)



Molecular machine builds set of chiral molecules

21 Sep 2017 14:18:00 +0000

Machine ‘arm’ swivels back and forth to add pieces stereoselectively(image)



3-D printers make aluminum pieces without cracks

21 Sep 2017 11:01:45 +0000

Nanoparticles help print metal alloys more effectively(image)



Copper nanoparticles could help recycle CO2 into fuel

20 Sep 2017 18:28:51 +0000

New catalyst converts carbon dioxide to two- and three-carbon compounds(image)



BASF to buy Solvay’s nylon business for $1.9 billion

20 Sep 2017 18:28:00 +0000

Deal provides back integration to adiponitrile, a key raw material(image)



Alpek cutting off M&G over unpaid bills

19 Sep 2017 03:03:00 +0000

Alpek also doubts M&G will complete a major new plant(image)



Rodin Therapeutics aims to boost brain connections

18 Sep 2017 18:40:17 +0000

$27 million will help test HDAC2 inhibitors to improve synapse health in Alzheimer’s patients(image)



U.S. chemical makers, OSHA form worker safety alliance on diisocyanates

18 Sep 2017 18:33:23 +0000

Some see effort as response to water down California effort(image)



Publishers propose agreement with ResearchGate to limit unauthorized paper sharing

18 Sep 2017 15:56:45 +0000

Publishing trade group, which includes the American Chemical Society, offers networking site a solution to copyright infringement(image)



Allergan seeks tribe’s help in patent dispute

18 Sep 2017 05:00:51 +0000

Dry-eye drug is at the center of a novel maneuver to squash generic competition(image)



Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study

16 Sep 2017 01:24:00 +0000

In bioRxiv paper, embryologists and geneticists question whether gene repair could have occurred as reported(image)



DNA robot sorts and delivers

16 Sep 2017 00:45:00 +0000

Nucleic acid construct picks up, moves, and drops off fluorescent cargo to predetermined locations(image)



Chemist nominated to lead the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology

15 Sep 2017 00:38:57 +0000

Copan spent years in industry and in government(image)



FDA’s Gottlieb wants drug pricing and drug development costs to come down

15 Sep 2017 00:33:25 +0000

The FDA aims to modernize data collection and evaluation of drug trials(image)



U.S. Congress scrutinizes over-the-counter drugs

15 Sep 2017 00:28:52 +0000

Draft bipartisan legislation would overhaul how FDA regulates nonprescription products(image)



Hurricane Irma upends university operations

14 Sep 2017 19:49:19 +0000

Miami-area schools closed for more than two weeks as others reopened(image)



Bayer and Ginkgo launch microbe company

14 Sep 2017 18:32:39 +0000

New firm, backed with $100 million, will focus on nitrogen-fixing organisms for crops(image)



One-pot synthesis yields grapevine moth sex pheromone

14 Sep 2017 18:03:24 +0000

Ecofriendly vineyard pest control made more efficiently by new process(image)



Enzyme coordinates pericyclic reaction trifecta

14 Sep 2017 15:03:09 +0000

LepI catalyzes three concerted rearrangements en route to the natural insecticide leporin C(image)



Quantum computing goes beyond hydrogen and helium

13 Sep 2017 23:29:00 +0000

IBM system calculates ground states of lithium hydride and beryllium hydride(image)



Mother’s gut microbes could be linked to autismlike disorders in children

13 Sep 2017 22:39:27 +0000

Presence of certain bacteria in pregnant mice lead to abnormal brain wiring and autismlike behaviors in offspring(image)



Goodenough wins 2017 Welch Award

13 Sep 2017 15:50:29 +0000

Texas researcher recognized for pioneering work in lithium-ion batteries(image)



U.S. ag chemicals makers back controversial Trump nominee

13 Sep 2017 14:08:00 +0000

Democrats oppose Clovis for USDA science job(image)



U.S. ag chemical makers back controversial Trump nominee

12 Sep 2017 20:45:00 +0000

Democrats oppose Clovis for USDA science job(image)



DowDuPont amends split plan

12 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0000

Wilmington-based specialty products firm will be much larger under new breakup scheme(image)



First responders sue Arkema

12 Sep 2017 00:18:31 +0000

Seven emergency personnel claim Texas chemical fire resulted in injury from toxic fumes(image)



Self-folding electronics take shape

11 Sep 2017 22:40:41 +0000

A mechanically active ink causes flat, 3-D-printed electronic components to spontaneously fold [...]



Sanofi ends Zika vaccine research

11 Sep 2017 05:01:04 +0000

Other vaccine efforts continue, even as virus abates(image)