This week’s chemistry news – Slinn Pickings

  • Berkeley Lab Researchers Apply NMR/MRI to Microfluidic Chromatography – By pairing an award-winning remote-detection version of NMR/MRI technology with a unique version of chromatography specifically designed for microfluidic chips, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have opened the door to a portable system for highly sensitive multi-dimensional chemical analysis that would be impractical if not impossible with conventional technologies.
  • New hope for malaria as river blindness drug shown to kill mosquitoes too - Ivermectin, a cheap drug used to dose people in Africa against the roundworms that cause river blindness, has been shown to kill malarial mosquitoes, offering a new potential tool in the fight against the disease which kills so many small children.
  • A flash of insight: Chemist uses lasers to see proteins at work – Binghamton University NY researcher Christof Grewer thinks he has an important brain transport protein — glutamate transporter — figured out. And he's using a novel approach to spy on them by taking aim with lasers.
  • Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed – Japanese researchers say they have discovered vast deposits of rare earth minerals, used in many hi-tech appliances, in the seabed.
  • The smell of danger: Rats instinctively avoid compound in carnivore urine – Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School have discovered a single compound found in high concentrations in the urine of carnivores that triggers an instinctual avoidance response in mice and rats.

Robert Slinn, chemist and writer, profers a fix of five fine chemical finds for his regular chemistry news column on Reactive Reports

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