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North Carolina to yank Chemours’s water pollution permit for fluorochemical production

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:32
Move follows unreported spill of GenX into Cape Fear River, state says

Brexit reality hits U.K. chemical companies

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:34
Chemical makers and drug firms warn of damage as departure from Europe draws closer

Open-Source Low-Cost Wireless Potentiometric Instrument for pH Determination Experiments

Journal of Chemical Education - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:28

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Journal of Chemical EducationDOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00479

Antarctic detector offers first look at how Earth stops high-energy neutrinos in their tracks

National Science Foundation - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:00

A Digital Optical Module

An interdisciplinary team of researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica has measured how certain high-energy neutrinos are absorbed by the Earth, as opposed to passing through matter as most neutrinos do. The finding could help expand scientists' understanding of the fundamental forces of the universe.

Funded and managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the IceCube Neutrino Observatory conducts research into these nearly massless ...
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Development of the Flame Test Concept Inventory: Measuring Student Thinking about Atomic Emission

Journal of Chemical Education - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:46

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Journal of Chemical EducationDOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00594

Experimental Determination of Activation Energy of Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution on Porphyrins

Journal of Chemical Education - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:57

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Journal of Chemical EducationDOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00940

Pressure pumps up protein reaction yields

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:31
A common reaction for adding polyethylene glycol to proteins becomes way more efficient under high pressure

Catalyst activates tertiary C–H bonds

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:10
Dirhodium agent functionalizes specific bonds without need for nearby directing groups

Patent office boosts fees for filings and challenges

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:32
Those contesting the validity of an existing patent will see biggest increase

Beetles get by with a little help from their friends

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:14
Symbiotic bacteria with stripped-down genomes break up plant cell walls for their hosts

Futures of the Scientific Imagination

National Science Foundation - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:05

Scenes from the future including microbes, woman in space Fantastical thinking, grounded in real, NSF-funded science and engineering research, helps shape tomorrow's technologies. Imagination, science and technology together will inevitably change our lives.
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Extended Hückel Calculations on Solids Using the Avogadro Molecular Editor and Visualizer

Journal of Chemical Education - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:29

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Journal of Chemical EducationDOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00698

Amyris will sell farnesene plant to DSM

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:01
Cash infusion will accelerate biobased chemical firm’s plans for new specialties facility

New possible target for rapid antidepressants found

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:22
Navitor molecule boosts mTORC1 activity, reduces depression symptoms in rats

Stepwise Approach To Writing Journal-Style Lab Reports in the Organic Chemistry Course Sequence

Journal of Chemical Education - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:50

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Journal of Chemical EducationDOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00630

NSF-funded scientists to present on long-term ecological research findings at AGU fall meeting

National Science Foundation - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:00

A salt marsh

Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this fall. Wildfires that raged across California and British Columbia this summer. Unseasonable cold snaps in South Florida in past winters. How do such events shape and re-shape ecosystems?

And how do events from past decades affect the ways in which ...
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Haldor Topsoe, Braskem investigate biobased ethylene glycol

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:01
The firms will test out a catalytic process to turn sugar into the polyester raw material

High-salt diet throws microbiome out of whack

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:00
Study in mice suggests rebalancing gut microbes might one day treat conditions linked to sodium intake

Proteomics goes native

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:00
Method allows native mass spectrometry to evaluate multitudes of proteins in their intact, biological forms

Corporations pledge aid to start-ups

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:06
Chemical R&D leaders say they intend to beef up technology and marketing help for startups