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DNDi welcomes Malaysia's move to secure access to more affordable hepatitis C treatments

(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) Malaysia has issued a 'government use' licence enabling access to more affordable versions of an expensive and patented medicine to treat hepatitis C. This landmark decision should help the more...Show More Summary

Gender-open science

(University of Freiburg) The Federal Ministry of Education and Research grants a new joint project with about €840,000 in funding.

UNIST to showcase the future of 3-D printing

(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology held a 3-D printing gala to showcase the future of 3-D printing.

A salute to progress: The Heidelberg Laureate Forum celebrates its fifth event this weekend

(Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation) From Sept. 24-29, Heidelberg will be home to the densest population of the laureates of mathematics and computer science: recipients of the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize. Show More Summary

State-of-the-art synthesis of SAPO-34 zeolites catalysts for methanol-to-olefin conversion

(Science China Press) Methanol-to-olefin (MTO) conversion has proven to be one of the most successful non-petrochemical routes for producing light olefins. Silicoaluminophosphate zeolite SAPO-34 is one of the best industrial catalysts for MTO conversion, but suffers from rapid deactivation. Show More Summary

Spinning a lighter, safer electrode

(Drexel University) A group of Drexel University researchers have created a fabric-like material electrode that could help make energy storage devices -- batteries and supercapacitors -- faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Show More Summary

Halogen bonding-mediated metal-free controlled cationic polymerization

(Nagoya Institute of Technology) Chemists at the Nagoya Institute of Technology report a metal-free method to control cationic polymerization that provides a new framework for higher quality industrial polymers. The reaction depends on weak halogen bonding and the addition of a small amount of ammonium salt to produce long, homogeneous polymers. Show More Summary

Researchers develop solid-state, free-standing carbon nanofiber supercapacitor

A group of Drexel University researchers have created a fabric-like material electrode that could help make energy storage devices—batteries and supercapacitors—faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Their design...Show More Summary

Ensuring broccoli sprouts retain their cancer-fighting compounds

Raw broccoli sprouts, a rich source of potential cancer-fighting compounds, have become a popular health food in recent years. But conventional heat treatment used to kill bacteria on produce can reduce levels of the broccoli sprouts' helpful phytochemicals. Show More Summary

Lipid vesicles replace blood in new bacteria test

As schools around the U.S. start back up, so do trips to the doctor's office. But is that raw sore throat due to bacteria, which can be fought off with antibiotics, or a virus? Getting a definitive diagnosis of bacterial infections like Strep throat can take days. Now, one group reports in ACS Sensors that they have developed a new test that will provide results in just hours.

Novel small antibody fragment—a valuable tool in crystallography

Antibodies are a powerful weapon system in defending our body against invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Each antibody consists of four amino acidpolypeptide chains: two heavy chains and two light chains joined to form a Y-shaped molecule. Show More Summary

More mouths can be fed by boosting number of plant pores

Environmental studies have shown that 40% of the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) passes through plant stomata every year. Thus, controlling stomatal development and function is considered as a key for increasing crop plant productivity and water-use efficiency. Show More Summary

Naked molecules dancing in liquid become visible

Capturing the movement of molecules is not an easy task. Scientists at the Center for Soft and Living Matter, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) were able to observe the movement of molecules stored inside a graphene pocket without the need to stain them. Show More Summary

Technique could make it easier to use mRNA to treat disease or deliver vaccines

By delivering strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA (mRNA) into cells, researchers can induce the cells to produce any protein encoded by the mRNA. This technique holds great potential for administering vaccines or treating diseases such as cancer, but achieving efficient delivery of mRNA has proven challenging.

Team develops gas-sensing technology that could revolutionize environmental and medical diagnostics

Relying on nanotechnology, scientists from Russia and Germany led by Skoltech research scientist Fedor Fedorov have developed an innovative solution for detecting traces of gas in the air.

New infrared imaging technique reveals molecular orientation of proteins in silk fibres

A large international collaboration has used a specialised technique on the infrared microspectroscopy (IRM) beamline at the Australian Synchrotron to determine the structure of proteins in individual silk fibres that has potential use in the design of new biomaterials with desirable properties.

Reductive Amination

Reminder: Alkylation of Amines Is Rarely The Answer OK – so making amines through direct alkylation is generally not a great way to go. You could even say it’s crappy. What’s the “right” way to do it? Glad you asked. Here’s a more versatile way to make amines that doesn’t result in over-alkylation. Starting with […]

The Diels-Alder Reaction

Today we’ll introduce  a reaction I consider to be the most useful and powerful reaction in all of organic chemistry: the Diels-Alder reaction. But don’t take some random blogger’s word for it. Here are three eminent chemists opinion on this reaction. OK. Are you ready to see it? Prepare yourself. Here it is: My work is […]

The Simple Two-Step Pattern For Seven Key Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones

“There are just so many reactions! I can’t remember all the mechanisms!!” – distressed organic chemistry student Yes, yes there are a lot of reactions, particularly in second semester organic chemistry. But there is good news on this front: there is a tremendous amount of repetition in these reactions. For instance, what if I told you […]

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