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$12 million gift boosts UW chemistry

The University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry will be the beneficiary of a $12 million gift from an unusual source: one of its own professors. Most of the money committed by professor emeritus Larry Dalton and his wife, Nicole Boand, … Continue reading

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PBS’ ‘Nova’ gets into the Kickstarter spirit

Kickstarter has given a boost to science projects ranging from satellites to “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” but now it’s opening a new frontier for crowdfunding: “Nova” documentaries for public TV. Today marks the start of a 30-day “Make Science for All” campaign, … Continue reading

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Scientists find ways to pick a protein’s pockets

Researchers at the University of Washington have cracked the code for producing molecular structures with tiny pockets – structures that are likely to expand the repertoire for custom-designed proteins. The structures, technically known as beta sheets, are thought to have … Continue reading

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Four superheavy elements get official names

After months of review, the world’s authority on chemical names has approved the official labels for four extremely rare elements at the bottom of the periodic table. This week’s decision from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, or IUPAC, … Continue reading

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Mirror molecules found in interstellar space

Researchers say they’ve found the first evidence of mirror-image molecules in interstellar space – a discovery that relates to the chemistry that gave rise to life here on Earth. The molecules of propylene oxide were detected in a huge cloud known as Sagittarius B2 … Continue reading

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Four new elements added to periodic table

The scientific body in charge of chemistry’s periodic table has verified the discoveries of four elements – completing the seventh row of the century-old chart. For now, the elements are known as ununtrium (Element 113), ununpentium (Element 115), ununseptium (Element … Continue reading

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