Visiting Researcher at University of Liverpool Robert Slinn grabs the latest happenings from the world of chemistry.
- Pig power for batteries – Scientists in China have developed an electrode for lithium-sulfur batteries using pig bones as a cheap and renewable carbon source.
- How can we make the International Year of Chemistry successful? – How can we make the International Year of Chemistry 2011 successful?
- Gene linked to cancer severity – Some people respond very well to chemotherapy or radiotherapy for colorectal cancer, while others hardly respond at all – a fact that has been a bit of a mystery until now.
- Common antibiotics and blood pressure medication may result in hospitalization – Mixing commonly used antibiotics with common blood pressure medications may cause hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) and induce shock in older patients, requiring hospitalization, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
- Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies – Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have identified how nanoparticles from diesel exhaust damage lung airway cells, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people susceptible to airway disease.
- Genes may play role in friends we choose, says study – Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship.