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K–12 Education

Periodic Graphics: The chemistry of slime

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning wrings all the molecular details out of the popular goo

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Nanomaterials

Chemists synthesize Saturn-shaped molecule

Flat, macrocyclic host captures fullerene guest with CH–π interactions


Multilayer coating could fight bacterial growth on plastic dental devices

Superhydrophilic film made of two sugar molecules could lead to cleaner retainers or tooth aligners

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Sustainability

Plastics recycling with microbes and worms is further away than people think

Headlines about plastic-eating organisms belie tough, competitive road to development


Chemistry may have solutions to our plastic trash problem

Chemists explore ways to convert plastics into valuable products and to develop intrinsically recyclable polymers

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Astrochemistry

Mysterious galactic radiation pinned on nanodiamonds

Spinning hydrogen-coated clusters of carbon atoms may be source of anomalous microwave emission spotted around our galaxy


Mechanisms for catalytic CO oxidation on platinum found at last

New surface chemistry method answers mechanistic questions that have eluded chemists for 40 years