Monthly Archives: December 2006

Bedwetting Chemistry

A higher concentration of sodium and urea in urine could underlie a type of bedwetting in children that does not respond to the common medication, desmopressin. The levels of these natural substances could indicate an imbalance of the hormone-like compound …

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Rubber Suits You Sir

Military personnel, chemical workers, and others could benefit from a new synthetic rubber material tailored with liquid crystals. The material might be used to make body suits to protect chemical-industry employees from skin exposure to toxic vapors and aerosols, as …

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Interview with Dick Wife

British-born Richard “Dick” Lewin Wife followed a traditional educational path, receiving his chemistry first degree from the University of Leeds in 1969 and staying on to do an organic PhD with David W. Jones. Research fellowships then took him to …

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Plastic shape shifter

Temperature-controlled “triple-shaped plastics” that can change shape from one form to another, then another, have been developed by researchers in Germany and the US. Such materials might find use as switches and actuators in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and in medicine …

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