Chemweb, A-levels, vuvuzelas again

These are the latest science news links and snippets from Sciencebase:

  • Chemical news – Two years on, a simple color change test emerges from China for melamine in milk, The Alchemist learns. Also, with a Chinese connection, new insights into the mode of action of a former herbal remedy for fever could improve the outlook for malaria drugs. Materials news sees a thin film being stretched to double up its functionality, while applying pressure to another makes it a superconductor. Meanwhile, edible chemistry looks set to open up new applications for the pharma and food industries. Finally, a new way to chemicalize the world-wide web makes its debut online.
  • Questions for enquiring minds – Sample questions from a 18+ exam paper from the year 2110. E.g. "By means of diagrams or otherwise, explain the operation of the Solar Sea Evaporator built by the Chinese, that simultaneously reduced global warming from 2050 onward, and solved the problem of fresh water for drinking and agriculture. [10 marks]"
  • Climate change and vuvuzelas change Oxford Dictionary of English – OED gets a few new terms thanks to climate change and the World Cup 2010
  • 100% test for ovarian cancer test – GATech team claims 100 percent accuracy for metabolomic ovarian cancer test
  • Penn and Teller on vaccinations (NSFW) – Why you should have your kids vaccinated
  • Does peer review need fixing – Contrary to popular misconceptions about science, it doesn’t progress steadily and inevitably.