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June 20, 2018
Inside the brains of killer bees.
Inside the brains of killer bees.
Peptides found in the brains of Africanized honeybees can send docile bees into attack mode.
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World's strongest biomaterial now comes from a tree.
BIOBASED MATERIALS
World's strongest biomaterial now comes from a tree.
Move over spider silk, there's a stronger biomaterial in town. Engineered cellulose fibers are stronger and stiffer than spiders' dragline silk.
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A safer transfer for tert-butyllithium.
LAB SAFETY
A safer transfer for tert-butyllithium.
Chemists and a glassblower team up to create a 3-D printed solution for transferring small volumes of the pyrophoric reagent to avoid air exposure.
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Wildfires caused unexpected water contamination.
WATER
Wildfires caused unexpected water contamination.
In addition to destroying more than 8,000 homes, the wildfires that devastated California's wine country last year also caused persistent contamination by the carcinogen benzene in one neighborhood's water.
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Calling all chemists: Contribute to Wikipedia.
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Calling all chemists: Contribute to Wikipedia.
Lend your subject-matter expertise by applying to become an ACS Wikipedia Fellow.
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The chemistry of slime.
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The chemistry of slime.
Things are getting sticky at C&EN. Read about our latest coverage on the slime fad while you're learning the chemistry behind this popular goo.
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Nobel laureates Paul D. Boyer and Jens C. Skou die at 99.
OBITUARIES
Nobel laureates Paul D. Boyer and Jens C. Skou die at 99.
They shared the 1997 Nobel Prize for work related to adenosine triphosphate. They died a week apart. C&EN shares their path to chemistry and their remarkable lives.
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Recycling needs a revamp.
ON THE COVER
Recycling needs a revamp.
Of the 78 million metric tons of plastic packing materials produced annually, only 14% are collected for recycling. There's no single culprit for the resulting plastic pollution. Chemistry contributed to the problem. Can it be the solution?
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Karl Deisseroth of Stanford wins Kyoto Prize for advanced technology.
AWARDS
Karl Deisseroth of Stanford wins Kyoto Prize for advanced technology.
Award honors Stanford professor's pioneering work in optogenetics, which has enabled scientists to use light to manipulate the activity of nerve cells in the brains of lab animals and understand how that stimulation affects the animal's behavior.
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A conversation with Amy Prieto, battery innovator.
ACS CENTRAL SCIENCE
A conversation with Amy Prieto, battery innovator.
The Colorado State University chemist discusses her work to commercialize a safer, more customizable lithium-ion battery with ACS Central Science.
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Neon isn't always fluorescent.
FLUORESCENCE FRIDAY
Neon isn't always fluorescent.
On Twitter, @Aimster04 shared this crayon-based activity showing students that neon doesn't always mean fluorescent. If you're on Instagram or Twitter and are excited about fluorescence, join the conversation every Friday by using #FluorescenceFriday.
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