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U.S. Congress weighs changes to Clean Air Act

16 Feb 2018 00:35:48 +0000

Chemical makers, other manufacturers push for easing of permit requirements(image)



Bacterial enzyme turns α-amino acids into β-amino acids

16 Feb 2018 00:31:46 +0000

Harnessing previously unknown protein modification could aid drug discovery(image)



Splashy route traps falling droplets in small capsules

15 Feb 2018 21:48:35 +0000

Polymer-encased droplets could be used for reagent delivery or as small reactors(image)



Machine learning predicts organic reaction performance

15 Feb 2018 18:52:26 +0000

Using data from thousands of reactions, algorithm points chemists to the best reagents to use in an amination reaction(image)



Genetic screen of soil microbes uncovers novel antibiotics

15 Feb 2018 17:13:36 +0000

Method could help researchers discover new natural products from hard-to-culture microorganisms(image)



Trump’s 2019 spending plan scares science supporters

14 Feb 2018 23:43:03 +0000

Environment and energy programs face major cuts, basic science is mostly spared(image)



Graphene device reveals step-by-step dynamics of single-molecule reaction

14 Feb 2018 22:41:38 +0000

Electrical signals together with theory allow scientists to track reaction on microsecond timescale(image)



Society launches ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science

14 Feb 2018 21:49:53 +0000

New journal will focus on transformative research(image)



Nestlé partners with Nuritas to find healthy peptides

14 Feb 2018 18:38:39 +0000

Dublin-based start-up uses artificial intelligence to locate protein fragments that can fight diseases(image)



U.S. chemical industry applauds Trump’s plan to upgrade infrastructure

14 Feb 2018 18:31:00 +0000

Improving transportation is seen as key to chemical manufacturing growth(image)



Umicore raises $1.1 billion to invest in cathode business

14 Feb 2018 16:43:57 +0000

Belgian firm is the latest to bet big on the cobalt- and nickel-rich compounds for batteries(image)



How lanthanides keep volcanic bacteria alive

12 Feb 2018 06:00:05 +0000

Coordination complex reveals why rare-earth elements give methanol dehydrogenase enzyme a boost(image)



Global cancer agency’s funding in the crosshairs

12 Feb 2018 06:00:05 +0000

U.S. Congress investigates science underlying glyphosate assessment(image)



Why don’t poison frogs poison themselves?

09 Feb 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Researchers reveal protein mutations that protect these poisonous amphibians(image)



Merged lawsuit filed against DuPont and Chemours in North Carolina

09 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000

New suit seeks to compensate residents for fluorosurfactant-tainted drinking water from the Cape Fear River(image)



Drug company earnings outlook bolstered by tax cuts and repatriated cash

09 Feb 2018 00:03:11 +0000

Big pharma and biotech companies’ sales continue to rise, and investors hold out for more M&A activity in wake of tax reform(image)



Elusive Criegee reaction intermediate captured

09 Feb 2018 00:01:00 +0000

Stabilized version of reactive species could aid study of Baeyer-Villiger reaction mechanism(image)



NSF addresses sexual harassment by grant recipients

08 Feb 2018 17:05:24 +0000

Funding agency now requires institutions to report findings of harassment(image)



Process makes wood stronger than steel

08 Feb 2018 15:42:11 +0000

Alkaline boiling and hot pressing collapse wood’s pores, maximizing its density(image)



Permafrost thaw could spike global mercury, study suggests

08 Feb 2018 15:30:00 +0000

New assessment adds a million tons to estimates of mercury in soil(image)



Jon M. Huntsman is dead at 80

08 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000

The Huntsman Corp. founder was known for his philanthropy and his personal touch(image)



U.S. NIGMS pulls out of F31 predoctoral fellowship program

07 Feb 2018 22:07:23 +0000

Chemists worry the move means fewer options for graduate student support(image)



Drug development success rates are higher than previously reported

07 Feb 2018 16:44:35 +0000

A study of nearly 186,000 clinical trials found that 13.8% of compounds make it from Phase I to approval(image)



Oil and gas wastewater leaves radium in Pennsylvania stream sediments

06 Feb 2018 20:59:28 +0000

High levels of radium found downstream of treatment plants years after fracking wastewater disposal reportedly ended(image)



India’s science and technology funding raised marginally

06 Feb 2018 16:10:17 +0000

Proposed budget emphasizes information technology and health care instead of basic science(image)



Merged lawsuit filed against DuPont and Chemours in North Carolina

05 Feb 2018 23:06:00 +0000

New suit seeks to compensate residents for fluorosurfactant-tainted drinking water from the Cape Fear River(image)



Jon M. Huntsman is dead at 80

05 Feb 2018 21:40:05 +0000

The Huntsman Corp. founder was known for his philanthropy and his personal touch(image)



Methane venting from 85% of British Columbia gas wells

05 Feb 2018 17:12:22 +0000

Study indicates that government underestimates oil and gas industry emissions(image)



Drug-releasing transplants combat rejection in mice

05 Feb 2018 06:00:15 +0000

Researchers attach anti-inflammatory drug to the surface of pancreatic islet transplants using click chemistry(image)



Sanofi to boost rare blood disease pipeline with Ablynx acquisition

05 Feb 2018 06:00:14 +0000

Sanofi will purchase the Belgian biologics company for $4.8 billion(image)



Method detects widespread histidine phosphorylation in bacterium

05 Feb 2018 06:00:13 +0000

Protein modification might be more common than previously thought(image)



Tiny pollutant particles strengthen thunderstorms

05 Feb 2018 06:00:12 +0000

Scientists find that long-ignored ultrafine aerosols can make storms rainier and windier(image)



Adhesive tape allegedly helped Tom Brady get to the Super Bowl. Does it work as described?

02 Feb 2018 21:48:00 +0000

Athletes use kinesiology tape to alleviate pain and inflammation, but studies are mixed about its effectiveness(image)



How lanthanides keep volcanic bacteria alive

02 Feb 2018 16:33:00 +0000

Coordination complex reveals why rare-earth elements give methanol dehydrogenase enzyme a boost(image)



DowDuPont, Air Products, Celanese, and Ashland see earnings accelerate

02 Feb 2018 01:09:37 +0000

Fourth-quarter results show strong demand, resurgence in global economy(image)



EPA reverses air pollution rule

02 Feb 2018 01:03:49 +0000

Agency heeds request of Republican senators to withdraw long-standing policy(image)



Alarm sounds for gene therapy toxicity, but was the concern legitimate?

01 Feb 2018 20:07:46 +0000

Controversial new study briefly sends gene therapy stocks tumbling(image)



Photoredox catalysis unleashes elusive carbynes for synthesis

01 Feb 2018 19:56:59 +0000

New method installs versatile diazo carbyne equivalents on arenes(image)



Photoredox catalysis unleashes elusive carbynes for synthesis

01 Feb 2018 19:56:00 +0000

Una nueva metodología acopla arenos con diazometil derivados, análogos de carbinos muy versátiles.(image)



Study tests plasma biomarkers for Alzheimer’s

01 Feb 2018 19:19:22 +0000

Ratios of peptides in blood predict amyloid levels in brain with 90% accuracy(image)



Protein mirror images could generate long-lasting biologics

01 Feb 2018 17:49:00 +0000

Peptides and proteins designed from D-protein helix database work longer in cells than natural biologic drugs(image)



Science absent from State of the Union

31 Jan 2018 22:02:00 +0000

Some science supporters are angry that research was ignored(image)



Why baking soda could help boost the killing power of some antibiotics

31 Jan 2018 21:32:17 +0000

Bicarbonate can disrupt the pH gradient across bacterial membranes and affect the potency of antibiotics(image)



Animal-free meat, dairy firms raise funds

31 Jan 2018 19:53:05 +0000

Memphis Meats, Ripple Foods attract corporate and venture investors(image)






Drug-releasing transplants combat rejection in mice

30 Jan 2018 00:47:33 +0000

Researchers attach anti-inflammatory drug to the surface of pancreatic islet transplants using click chemistry(image)



Sanofi to boost rare blood disease pipeline with Ablynx acquisition

29 Jan 2018 19:56:15 +0000

Sanofi will purchase the Belgian biologics company for $4.8 billion(image)



Tiny pollutant particles strengthen thunderstorms

29 Jan 2018 19:56:00 +0000

Scientists find that long-ignored ultrafine aerosols can make storms rainier and windier(image)



Genomatica, Aquafil partner for biobased nylon

29 Jan 2018 06:00:10 +0000

Companies aim for an economically sound fermentation route to caprolactam(image)



Sanchi oil spill continues; ecological impacts still unclear

26 Jan 2018 21:19:08 +0000

Weather may complicate attempts to stop leak or recover oil from the ship(image)



U.S. government back open, for now

26 Jan 2018 21:19:05 +0000

A 3-day shutdown barely affected science, but another political showdown is coming in 3 weeks(image)



Drug industry deal-making starts year with a bang

26 Jan 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Sanofi to acquire hemophilia-focused Bioverativ; Celgene to get CAR T-cell immunotherapy maker Juno(image)



Neil Garg wins Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

26 Jan 2018 02:05:04 +0000

UCLA chemistry professor honored for innovative teaching approaches(image)



Firms ranked for efforts to fight antibiotic resistance

25 Jan 2018 22:05:06 +0000

GSK, J&J called tops for their R&D, manufacturing practices(image)



SABIC buys 25% stake in Clariant

25 Jan 2018 20:40:00 +0000

Activist investors White Tale, 40 North give up stake, ending fight with Clariant(image)



Pfizer automated flow system screens 1,500 reactions per day

25 Jan 2018 19:14:15 +0000

Approach rapidly compares reaction outcomes for different reagents, conditions, and solvents(image)



Pfizer automated flow system screens 1,500 reactions per day

25 Jan 2018 19:14:00 +0000

Esta estrategia compara rápidamente los resultados obtenidos según los diferentes reactivos, condiciones y disolventes utilizados en la reacción.(image)



Plastic waste threatens coral reefs

25 Jan 2018 19:00:00 +0000

Contact with plastic dramatically increases corals’ risk of disease(image)



Structure of antipsychotic drug target solved

25 Jan 2018 16:55:13 +0000

Researchers obtain first high-resolution crystal structure of D2 dopamine receptor with drug, risperidone, bound(image)



Diagnosing Ebola immunity with a paper test

24 Jan 2018 19:59:53 +0000

Antibody-detecting test strips that can be read with smartphones hold promise for disease monitoring and vaccine development(image)



Dimethylcalcium synthesis cracked

24 Jan 2018 19:06:42 +0000

Chemists have struggled to make the organometallic compound for decades(image)



Evonik, AkzoNobel, and Shell pursue hydrogen from electrolysis

24 Jan 2018 18:56:02 +0000

The three European firms are initiating green hydrogen technology partnerships(image)



How (and why) scientists are mining manure for phosphorus

23 Jan 2018 21:58:00 +0000

Agricultural resource. Environmental scourge. Phosphorus gold mine. Chicken manure is all these things at once.(image)



Shaking up gold and palladium

23 Jan 2018 21:03:00 +0000

Mechanochemical method makes noble metal compounds without solvents or harsh reagents(image)



Genomatica, Aquafil partner for biobased nylon

23 Jan 2018 14:14:00 +0000

Companies aim for an economically sound fermentation route to caprolactam(image)



Deals for Juno and Bioverativ put CAR-T and hemophilia in spotlight

22 Jan 2018 20:18:09 +0000

Celgene to get CAR T-cell immunotherapy maker Juno; Sanofi to acquire hemophilia-focused Bioverativ(image)



Europe tackles plastics waste

22 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000

New strategy targets a step change in packaging recycling(image)



EU to lower limit for bisphenol A migration from food packaging

22 Jan 2018 06:00:18 +0000

European Parliament committee rejects proposal to ban chemical in food contact materials(image)



Tax bill is saving companies money

22 Jan 2018 06:00:16 +0000

Chemical makers are already reporting beneficial impacts from the new tax law(image)



How some crabs avoid being eaten

19 Jan 2018 23:11:32 +0000

Newly identified molecules in predator urine send mud crabs scuttling(image)



U.S. dominance waning in science and engineering

19 Jan 2018 01:48:26 +0000

R&D investments by China and other nations continue upward trend, report says(image)



Sunken oil tanker threatens fisheries and marine life in East China Sea

18 Jan 2018 23:53:12 +0000

Volatile, ultralight oil payload could dissipate quickly, while ship’s fuel may persist(image)



Sunken oil tanker threatens fisheries and marine life in East China Sea

18 Jan 2018 23:53:00 +0000

La carga de petróleo volátil y ultraligera podría disiparse rápidamente, pero el fuel del barco probablemente durará más(image)



Tropical tree seeds provide sustainable water filtration

18 Jan 2018 20:14:34 +0000

Sand blended with an extract from Moringa tree seeds removes bacteria from drinking water(image)



3-D-printed reactors construct complex small molecules

18 Jan 2018 19:03:00 +0000

Approach aims to standardize chemical synthesis so anyone can do it(image)



Designed enzyme rescues live bacteria

18 Jan 2018 16:44:19 +0000

Protein designed from scratch is efficient enough to perform essential biological function in cells(image)



Pandion Therapeutics launches with $58 million for bispecific antibodies

18 Jan 2018 12:33:08 +0000

The biotech firm will develop bispecific antibodies to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases(image)



Shell buys stake in solar developer Silicon Ranch

17 Jan 2018 20:49:00 +0000

Firm is among European oil and gas firms turning to renewables to diversify earnings sources(image)



False missile alert creates confusion for chemists in Hawaii

17 Jan 2018 16:07:01 +0000

Instructions to seek shelter left many wondering, where?(image)



Water’s hypercooling point may be in reach

15 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000

A new calculation suggests the unique freezing point might be achieved in the lab(image)



Activating C–H bonds with isolated atoms

15 Jan 2018 13:45:00 +0000

Copper decorated with lone platinum atoms catalyzes alkane conversions and resists fouling(image)



Start-ups invited to a cleantech show-off

15 Jan 2018 06:00:16 +0000

10 successful applicants will get a chance to pitch their technologies to large firms(image)



Shake-up in neuroscience R&D

15 Jan 2018 06:00:16 +0000

Pfizer drops early development as Shire establishes a dedicated division(image)



Rewritable paper goes technicolor

15 Jan 2018 06:00:15 +0000

Metal-ligand complexes display a range of long-lasting colors that can be erased on demand, allowing paper to be reused(image)



Investment flows at J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

12 Jan 2018 00:57:43 +0000

Mergers and acquisitions are announced as venture capitalists invest in young companies(image)



Radio telescope spots aromatic molecule for first time

11 Jan 2018 22:07:00 +0000

Detecting benzonitrile in space could help astronomers zero in on what else is out there(image)



Radio telescope spots aromatic molecule for first time

11 Jan 2018 22:07:00 +0000

La detección de benzonitrilo en el espacio podría ayudar a los astrónomos a concentrarse en qué otras cosas hay ahí fuera(image)



Iranian oil tanker burns after collision off China coast

11 Jan 2018 20:19:00 +0000

Spill off China coast could be three times as large as from the Exxon Valdez(image)



Nanosurfactants create droplet-sized reaction flasks

11 Jan 2018 18:44:00 +0000

Chemists use magnets, lasers, and electricity to manipulate droplets with nanoparticle skins(image)



Burning Iranian oil tanker raises environmental concerns for China’s coast

11 Jan 2018 15:22:00 +0000

Potential spill could be 3 times as large as that from the Exxon Valdez(image)



Activating circadian clock kills cancer cells

10 Jan 2018 20:28:21 +0000

Compound that targets the clock reduces brain cancer growth without side effects in mice(image)



Two-dimensional materials could enable low-power telecommunications

10 Jan 2018 19:03:50 +0000

Atomically thin materials can be made into a new class of electronic devices for memory cells and telecom switches(image)



Start-ups invited to a cleantech showoff

10 Jan 2018 16:28:00 +0000

Ten successful applicants will get a chance to pitch their technology to large firms(image)



Rewritable paper goes technicolor

09 Jan 2018 20:04:00 +0000

Metal-ligand complexes display a range of long-lasting colors that can be erased on demand, allowing paper to be reused(image)



Shake-up in neuroscience R&D

09 Jan 2018 17:23:03 +0000

Pfizer drops early development as Shire establishes dedicated divisions(image)



National Academies plan for next decade of atmospheric chemistry observation

08 Jan 2018 21:23:34 +0000

Report makes confident recommendations in the face of budget uncertainty(image)



Investment flows at JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

08 Jan 2018 17:01:33 +0000

Mergers and acquisitions are announced as venture capitalists invest in young companies(image)



Scalable method to make tissue engineering material

08 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000

New method produces 3-D-printable material with modifiable end groups(image)



China restricts imports of plastic trash

08 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000

Move upsets recycling programs worldwide but may lead to better waste management(image)



U.K. firm touts bacon breakthrough

08 Jan 2018 06:00:23 +0000

Recipe uses fruit, spice extracts in place of cancer-linked nitrites [...]