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Dirty stirrer bars can act as phantom catalysts

28 June 2019

Contaminated stirrer bars could be ruining experiments that are sensitive to tiny amounts of metal catalysts

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Water found in asteroid dust

21 June 2019

Water detected in samples from an asteroid’s surface for the first time

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Recycling plastic bottles into jet fuel

14 June 2019

A new process converts plastic waste into hydrocarbon fuels

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App quantifies chemicals in thin-layer chromatography

30 April 2019

A simple web app converts thin-layer chromatography into a quantitative analytical technique

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Genes that make lemons sour revealed

11 April 2019

Don’t end your lesson on a sour note; start it with this starter slide on strong and weak acids

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Chemical analysis reveals origin of Pompeian mosaic tiles

29 March 2019

Portable spectrometers shed light on the materials used in ancient Roman mosaics

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