Six Slinn Picks – chemical news

  • Electron confounds predictions and remains stubbornly spherical – UK scientists have made the most accurate measurements to date of the shape of the electron and found – contrary to predictions that it would be aspherical – that it remains round.
  • How to Enable Exact Structure Search and Substructure Search on Your Website – This article attempts to demystify, from the perspective of a non-expert, the process of enabling exact- and substructure search for databases hosted on the Internet or a private intranet.
  • Research team moves towards on-site DNA fingerprinting – Crime-scene investigators could soon have the ability to perform DNA fingerprinting on site without the need for lengthy post-analysis in a lab.
  • Hatching a plan to kill worm pests – A parasitic pest that can devastate entire fields of vegetable crops is a step closer to being brought under control, thanks to the synthesis of a compound that tricks its eggs into hatching early.
  • Homing in on a cheaper Haber-Bosch process – A cheaper alternative to the Haber-Bosch process could have moved a step closer thanks to a new ruthenium-based catalyst complex developed by chemists in Germany.
  • CAS REGISTRY Keeps Pace with Rapid Growth of Chemical Research, Registers 60 Millionth Substance – Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's leader in chemical information, announced today that a patent application claiming compounds with potential therapeutic activity submitted to the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) included the 60 millionth substance recorded in CAS REGISTRY.

Chemist and writer Robert Slinn picks six of the best for his regular web column on Reactive Reports – Slinn Pickings.

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