The Alchemist hears of a downside to graphene emerging from calculations on defects in less than crystalline forms of the material that could have implications for its applications, we also pick up on protective polymer spacesuits for fruit flies, the missing link in medical samples and how electrons can be used to watch atoms move in reaction transition states. In environmental news, black carbon ends up in the red rather than being green and finally US biochemistry wins a prestigious award in Germany.
Once again, the Alchemist is looking for the green option, with carbon dioxide set to become a feedstock for acrylate. In efforts to combat malaria we learn that resistance is not futile after all. Europeans have found a way to make thin films of organic molecular magnets, while US researchers reveal that the Lyme disease pathogen needs no iron to survive. Shape-shifting polymer gels morph into view this week too. Finally, young British scientists are heading to London to be judged by politicians.