Recently, there have been two themes regarding the Moon's origin. Some unexpected but now well-known results from the samples returned by Apollo included:
1. the rocks were remarkably dry,
2. the isotopes of oxygen and some other elements were essentially the same as those of Earth whereas these isotope ratios differ from other samples, such as chondrites, and from Mars,
3. there was considerable anorthosite, which is a feldspathic mineral, present. Earth is the only planet that we know of that […]
Researchers report reproducible and quantitative measurements of electricity flow through long molecules made of four DNA strands, signaling a significant breakthrough towards the development of DNA-based electrical circuits.
Another week, another batch of chemistry research news to sink your teeth into. This week sees tarantula toxins utilised to help visualise electrical activity in cells, the potential aroma of molecules detected on Comet 67P, and the first experimental evidence for a molecule containing an element in the +9 oxidation state. Links to more detailed articles […]
Spotted fleetingly last week was a publication by Danheiser in JACS detailing the preparation and reactions of the strained cyclic ynamide: Now this is an unusual compound, just think what you can do with the chemistry of arynes. Of course it is not as stable as the aromatic variant which makes its synthesis and chemistry all the […]