Bad microbes? Call the copper

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Copper is a metal with antimicrobial properties known for centuries but is undergoing a renaissance of scientific interest in medicine. Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is now keeping its many high touch surfaces clean with the help of this metal.

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A new Kraken wakes to provide virtual, AI-calculated organic compounds

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

An international collaboration used machine-learning to create an open-access virtual catalogue of some 300,000 organic compounds, opening doors for a range of future applications from materials to drugs. The project, called Kraken, represents teamwork by Alán Aspuru-Guzik’s Matter Lab at the University of Toronto, the Sigman Research Group at the University of Utah, Technische Universität Berlin, the Karlsruhe Institute...

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Lords of the Ring

PETROCHEMISTRY

Was the structure of benzene really illuminated by a chemist’s dream of a snake devouring its own tail? Historians of science are skeptical of this persistent chemistry legend. But there is new interest in devouring when it comes to benzene, a naturally occurring toxin often associated with petroleum production, storage and transport. To eliminate this...

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