The Alchemist takes a virtual trip to New Mexico this week to learn of resistant bacteria. He also discovers that counter intuitively putting certain zeolites under pressure can open up the entrances to their pores. In geochemistry, we learn why copper is not found so commonly at the Earth’s surface and could point the way to finding new sources. New technology could kick up a stink in Hollywood by finding a way to detect mould growth on old film reels. Graphene is in the news again, this time putting it under strain apparently makes it behave as if it were in a magnetic field. Finally, the GHS has released its new chemical hazard symbol for carcinogens to no little controversy.
My Alchemist column on ChemWeb.com for April.