News

Winter 2017
HEALTH

Imagine waiting in line to buy the latest smart phone, laying down a great deal of money for it, then suddenly being told that if you don’t plug in your new purchase within 15 minutes, it will never work. High tech vendors would hate this approach, as would their...

Winter 2017
BIOCHEMISTRY

A sophisticated understanding of biochemistry and microfluidics has yielded a simple, cost-effective way of dealing with contaminated water, a problem facing more than a billion people in the developing world. Among the most prominent ...

Winter 2017
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Prions, the misfolded proteins that can wreak havoc on the brain, are slowly surrendering their secrets. First identified in the late 1980s as the culprit behind mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans), investigators have spent the past 25 years trying to determine...

November/December 2016
PERIODIC TABLE NEWS

On Nov. 28 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) reported that it had approved the names and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og)..

November/December 2016
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Legend has it that Isaac Newton’s insight into the natural world was inspired by an apple; Arindam Phani has taken his own inspiration from the insects that might have sought out that fruit.

November/December 2016
PHARMACEUTICALS

Among the many innovations that the original Star Trek series offered to illustrate how much more comfortable life in the future could be, perhaps none was more intimate than the delivery of medicine into a patient’s body. In place of today’s...

November/December 2016
FUNDAMENTALS

Since the features of carbon nanotubes were first identified more than 25 years ago, high expectations have accompanied these single-walled structures. They offer exceptional tensile strength, useful optical properties...

November/December 2016
BIOCHEMISTRY

As researchers tease apart the intricate biochemical operations within a cell, they need an entirely new class of tools to take some fundamental measurements. But at scales of only a few nanometres, measuring even elementary...