Algae burn for you

Finding sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels that would both solve the problem of dwindling supplies of oil and cut the net carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles running on hydrocarbon fuels is a cause high on the environmental agenda. The use of biomass as a source for fuels compounds has benefits, but the setting aside of […]

Down to earth with nanotechnology

Emilie Bigorgne of the Université Paul Verlaine – Metz and colleagues suggest that the increasing production of nanomaterials will in turn increase the release of nanosized by-products to the environment. Whether or not these particles will accumulate or be degraded and whether or not they pose an ecological risk depends on the chemical and physical […]

Unnatural chemicals

‘Unnatural’ chemical allows Salk researchers to watch protein action in brain cells – Researchers at the Salk Institute have been able to genetically incorporate "unnatural" amino acids, such as those emitting green fluorescence, into neural stem cells, which then differentiate into brain neurons with the incandescent "tag" intact. Loudspeakers in your window – Korean scientists […]

Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

Two Queen’s University Belfast chemists ‘top in UK’ – Scientists from Queen's University, Belfast, have taken the first and second slots in a list of top chemists. Professor Ken Seddon, a director of the QUB's Ionic Liquids Laboratory (QUILL), came first in the UK on the the Times Higher Education Supplement listing of the 100 […]

A chemical decathlon

Fish oil fights weight loss due to chemotherapy – A new analysis has found that supplementing the diet with fish oil may prevent muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs in cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that fish oil […]

Slinn Pickings latest 10

Reprogrammed stem cells hit a roadblock – An international study shows that reprogramming cells leads to genomic aberrations. Blocking enzyme cut cancer spread – Scientists at the UK's Institute of Cancer Research have prevented breast cancer spreading to other organs in mice by blocking a chemical. In their experiments, they showed that blocking the enzyme […]