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.