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Biosensors enable imaging of localized cell activity

24 Mar 2017 00:19:00 +0000

New “FLINC” sensors report enzymatic and cell-signaling activity with superresolution(image)



U.S. hails UN effort to restrict fentanyl precursors

24 Mar 2017 00:14:00 +0000

Global action controlling 4-anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine and N-phenethyl-4-piperidone is aimed at fighting overdose deaths(image)



Trump’s plan to raise FDA user fees conflicts with agency-industry deal

24 Mar 2017 00:13:59 +0000

President’s proposal would raise charges paid by pharma makers(image)



Nanomachines wind and unwind polymers

23 Mar 2017 16:25:00 +0000

Light-powered molecular machines work in tandem to contract and expand a polymer(image)



China looks to streamline drug approvals

23 Mar 2017 16:11:45 +0000

Reform could allow international firms to register new drugs years sooner(image)



3-D printing seeks commercial markets

22 Mar 2017 22:15:31 +0000

Firms add speed, scale, and materials to lure manufacturing customers(image)



New process for generating hydrogen fuel

22 Mar 2017 21:43:00 +0000

Catalyst produces hydrogen from methanol and water at relatively low temperatures(image)



BASF takes to supercomputing

22 Mar 2017 11:13:00 +0000

German firm turns to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to accelerate chemical research(image)



Actinide chemistry expands to new oxidation states

21 Mar 2017 20:11:00 +0000

Neptunium and plutonium studies reveal new chemistry of transuranic elements(image)



Geochemical precipitates may fool fossil hunters

21 Mar 2017 11:19:00 +0000

Inorganic crystals can mimic biofossils, but they’re formed without biological help(image)



BASF takes to supercomputing

20 Mar 2017 17:01:29 +0000

German firm turns to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to accelerate chemical research(image)



Detecting flu at the doctor’s office

20 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0000

Fast, inexpensive technique uses glucose meter to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections(image)



Reversing resistance to a tuberculosis antibiotic

20 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0000

Small molecule breathes new life into the tuberculosis drug ethionamide(image)



Bolt Threads debuts spider silk tie

20 Mar 2017 05:01:09 +0000

Bolt Threads, a California-based start-up developing synthetic spider silk(image)



UL software targets animal testing

20 Mar 2017 05:01:07 +0000

Company is latest to seek alternatives to animal tests for chemical evaluation(image)



American Chemical Society backs March for Science

20 Mar 2017 05:01:06 +0000

April demonstration will call for funding and public communication of science(image)



Geochemical precipitates may fool fossil hunters

17 Mar 2017 18:44:00 +0000

Inorganic crystals can mimic biofossils, but they’re formed without biological help(image)



Chemistry-related patents rise in Europe in 2016

17 Mar 2017 11:19:12 +0000

Chemical and pharma firms get hundreds of patents(image)



Light-generating reporter molecules ease cell monitoring

17 Mar 2017 01:09:57 +0000

Chemiluminescent reagents help track activity in cells(image)



President Trump’s budget request sidelines science

16 Mar 2017 23:57:00 +0000

Funding proposal would downsize EPA, energy, and health agencies, eliminate Chemical Safety Board(image)



Metallopolymers now feature switchable personalities

16 Mar 2017 23:48:28 +0000

Polynickelocene is first metallocene-based polymer that chemists can change from a stable state to a dynamic one(image)



Suez to buy GE water treatment unit

16 Mar 2017 20:30:00 +0000

Purchase will add treatment chemicals and membranes to French firm’s portfolio(image)



Trump’s pick for Food & Drug Administration garners mixed reactions

16 Mar 2017 11:01:00 +0000

Scott Gottlieb’s extensive ties to pharma raise questions of potential conflicts of interest(image)



Evonik to buy preservatives maker

16 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Acquisition of Dr. Straetmans will add alternative preservatives to Evonik’s cosmetic ingredients portfolio(image)



EPA chief delays industrial chemical safety regulation

16 Mar 2017 10:58:00 +0000

Rule is intended to protect communities and workers from accidents(image)



Light-generating reporter molecules ease cell monitoring

15 Mar 2017 19:55:00 +0000

Chemiluminescent reagents help track activity in cells(image)



EPA chief delays industrial chemical safety regulation

15 Mar 2017 17:54:00 +0000

Rule is intended to protect communities and workers from accidents(image)



Plastic film decodes the chemistry of priceless art objects

15 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +0000

Non-invasive method samples the surfaces of historical paintings, frescoes and more(image)



A new tack for discovery funding

15 Mar 2017 15:26:46 +0000

U.K. Parkinson’s charity launches a start-up with University of Sheffield(image)



American Chemical Society backs March for Science

15 Mar 2017 14:01:00 +0000

April demonstration will call for funding and public communication of science(image)



Bark extract strengthens bite

14 Mar 2017 19:08:00 +0000

An extract from tree bark increases the strength of the tooth material dentin, potentially helping dental fillings last longer(image)



Trump’s pick for Food & Drug Administration garners mixed reactions

14 Mar 2017 18:38:32 +0000

Scott Gottlieb’s extensive ties to pharma raise questions of potential conflicts of interest(image)



Evonik to buy preservatives maker

14 Mar 2017 18:13:52 +0000

Acquisition of Dr. Straetmans will add alternative preservatives to Evonik’s cosmetic ingredients portfolio(image)



Custom designed zeolites make better catalysts

14 Mar 2017 12:25:39 +0000

Zeolites synthesized with transition state mimics exhibit enhanced activity and product selectivity(image)



Instrument makers invest in cloud computing

13 Mar 2017 05:00:27 +0000

Thermo Fisher, Waters, and others emphasize informatics at Pittcon conference(image)



Quantum effect could explain how chiral molecules interact

10 Mar 2017 00:45:39 +0000

Electron spin polarization promotes recognition between molecules of similar chirality(image)



George Olah dies at age 89

10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Chemistry Nobel Laureate advanced carbocation chemistry and championed alternative energy technology(image)



Rejecting PPG bid, AkzoNobel will exit chemicals

09 Mar 2017 23:35:32 +0000

Proposed merger is latest consolidation move for industry(image)



Nestlé, Danone look to renewable bottles

09 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

The companies hope to crack the biobased polyester problem by working with start-up Origin Materials(image)



Nestlé, Danone look to renewable bottles

09 Mar 2017 16:25:00 +0000

The companies hope to crack the biobased polyester problem by working with start-up Origin Materials(image)



Dual therapy first weakens, then kills antibiotic-resistant pathogens

09 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The drug pentamidine disrupts the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, allowing antibiotics inside to finish the job(image)



Enzyme-inspired route to heterocycle functionalization

09 Mar 2017 12:49:00 +0000

Bifunctional metal agents reversibly coordinate heterocycles and derivatize them at remote sites(image)



Fractious fractions teased from crude oil

08 Mar 2017 23:39:00 +0000

Separation method corrals key compounds to improve petrochemical processing and pollution assessment(image)



Magnetic data bit stored on single atom

08 Mar 2017 22:51:00 +0000

Scanning probe study achieves ultimate in data-storage miniaturization(image)



DSM, Evonik form omega-3 joint venture

08 Mar 2017 16:37:00 +0000

Partners will build $200 million plant in U.S. to meet demand in fish and pet foods(image)



Vertex buys Concert’s cystic fibrosis drug

08 Mar 2017 12:48:00 +0000

Acquisition validates deuterated drug design and expands firm’s position in disease area(image)



EPA scraps methane reporting for oil and gas industries

08 Mar 2017 11:58:00 +0000

Pruitt kills data collection at request of several states(image)



Fractious fractions teased from crude oil

07 Mar 2017 20:32:30 +0000

Separation method corrals key compounds to improve petrochemical processing and pollution assessment(image)



Sweetener can track pee in the pool

07 Mar 2017 15:56:00 +0000

Because swimmers excrete acesulfame K intact, the chemical could serve as a marker of how much urine is in swimming pools and hot tubs(image)



Vertex buys Concert’s cystic fibrosis drug

06 Mar 2017 19:26:54 +0000

Acquisition validates deuterated drug design and expands firm’s position in disease area(image)



Dual therapy first weakens, then kills antibiotic-resistant pathogens

06 Mar 2017 18:13:00 +0000

The drug pentamidine disrupts the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, allowing antibiotics inside to finish the job(image)



Flow process speeds up peptide synthesis

06 Mar 2017 06:00:49 +0000

Fully automated machine is 10 to 100 times as fast as current batch-based methods(image)



Simpler, faster oil-spill cleanup using fish-inspired membranes

03 Mar 2017 13:49:18 +0000

New membrane system withstands fouling to continuously filter out water and collect oil(image)



An opioid minus major side effects

03 Mar 2017 11:44:48 +0000

Fluorinated version of fentanyl is active only in areas of inflammation, eliminating troublesome effects in rats(image)



Lonza to build plant for Sanofi

03 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Dedicated plant will manufacture biologic drugs for the French firm(image)



Technique reveals never-before-seen states as protein unfolds

02 Mar 2017 21:13:00 +0000

Modified force spectroscopy method captures protein unraveling with improved time resolution(image)



Boragen launches for boron-based fungicides

02 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000

First start-up from Research Triangle Park-based AgTech Accelerator raises $10 million from venture backers(image)



Powering mass spec ionization with friction improves sensitivity

01 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Charge generated by rubbing materials together ionizes tiny samples(image)



Small molecule helps fix ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ gene mutation

01 Mar 2017 21:56:00 +0000

Sobetirome partially makes up for lost protein function(image)



Scientists, funders flock to ResearchGate

01 Mar 2017 19:49:00 +0000

Networking site gathers momentum in quest for open science(image)



Trump is virtually silent on science in speech to Congress

01 Mar 2017 18:54:00 +0000

President's address touches on funding and immigration, but not research(image)



Keeping bacterial infections at bay using peptide-containing nanofibers

01 Mar 2017 16:17:16 +0000

Quorum sensing inhibitors incorporated into electrospun nanofibers could prevent bacterial infections(image)



Arrakis launches to develop RNA-targeting small-molecule drugs

01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Biotech firm will chase an array of previously intractable targets(image)



Business leaders want to axe regulations

01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000

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



Arrakis launches to develop RNA-targeting small-molecule drugs

27 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Biotech firm will chase an array of previously intractable targets(image)



Small-molecule cocktail could reverse hearing loss

26 Feb 2017 09:00:00 +0000

Mixture regenerates damaged mouse cells essential for processing sound waves(image)



European firms grind out profit growth in 2016

26 Feb 2017 08:00:00 +0000

Sales were stable, but a challenging environment is in play(image)



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 12:32:00 +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 21:31:00 +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)



Slow-release nanofertilizer could boost crop yields

23 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000

A new nanoparticle-based fertilizer delivers plant nutrients efficiently and reduces the harm of agricultural runoff(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 [...]



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 [...]