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June 28, 2016

A sound device corrals bacteria in blood

Microfluidic device uses sound waves to concentrate bacteria from blood samples for diagnosing sepsis

June 27, 2016

How spongy silicon could open new doors in bioelectronics

New form of silicon boosts element’s biocompatibility and activates neurons with an assist from light

June 27, 2016

Chemical method offers a new approach for confirming the identifying of white wines

The proof-of-principle sensor is based on fluorescence quenching of polyelectrolytes by wine chemicals

June 27, 2016

Nanoparticles that teach immune cells tolerance could treat diabetes

Gold particles help reprogram the immune system to stop attacking insulin-producing cells

June 27, 2016

C&EN talks with Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut

The chemist talks about feeling weightless, growing crystals, and recycling pee into air on the Mir Space Station 25 years ago

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