Cheaper hydrogen fuel, propylene on Saturn’s moon, new way to attack flu viruses


Hydrogen is combined with oxygen inside this fuel cell to create the electricity to power the car.

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Research towards making hydrogen fuels cheaper

A small British firm is looking forward to a day in which we will take our cars to the garage and fill them with hydrogen. Acal Energy, based in Runcorn in Cheshire, UK has developed a chemistry that could make hydrogen fuel cells much cheaper and longer-lasting than current technologies. Read more

 

Propylene, the key ingredient in household plastic containers, has been discovered in the atmosphere of Saturn’s smoggy moon, Titan.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds propylene on Saturn’s moon, Titan

The key ingredient in household plastic containers, propylene, has been discovered in the atmosphere of Saturn’s smoggy moon Titan — marking more firsts for planetary science. It’s the first time this particular hydrocarbon has been detected on a world beyond Earth, and it’s the first new molecule to be identified by the Cassini orbiter’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer. Read more

 

A chemical compound binds to and inhibits the active site of an enzyme that the influenza virus uses during replication.

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Researchers find new way to attack flu viruses

A new way to attack flu viruses is taking shape in laboratories at Rutgers University, where scientists have identified chemical agents that block the virus’s ability to replicate itself in cell culture. These novel compounds show promise for a new class of antiviral medicines to fight much-feared pandemic influenzas such as the looming “bird flu” threats caused by the H5N1 influenza A virus and the new H7N9 virus responsible for a 2013 outbreak in China.   Read more

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