The Alchemist Newsletter

The stars look very different today…The Alchemist thinks, thanks to recent revelations about the formation of complex organic molecules in space.

Also, different is an approach to generating fluorine-18 molecules for medical imaging and a technique to assess the risks associated with carbon nanotubes in the environment. A new sensor for the diagnostically important potassium ion comes up with glowing colors, and chemists achieve closure with a new metathesis catalyst for making natural products.

Finally, official recognition of the formal names for elements 110, 111 and 112. Time to update your periodic tables.

via The Alchemist Newsletter: Nov 11-24, 2011.