New York Times – Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.
C&EN – Combining UV disinfection with a photocatalytic membrane helps to reduce the bacteria and their genes in wastewater.
C&EN – Data sharing project lays groundwork for contaminant “early warning network.”
C&EN – Bacteria and sperm have natural advantages over synthetic nanomotors when navigating the body’s byways.
New York Times – The tiny creatures live on rock nodules containing metals like iron, cobalt and copper that are targeted for deep-sea mining in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.
Nature – Researchers are exploiting the structural properties of DNA to build nanoscale models for use in medicine and materials science.
C&EN – A high-capacity, water-adsorbent metal-organic framework could help improve the performance of both water capture and adsorption cooling devices.
C&EN – Linking phenyls to the amines used to scrub CO2 from power plant emissions could make process more efficient.
Nature – As demand for air conditioning climbs, some see a solution in the very thing that makes us sweat: the Sun.