Carbon-recycling system: Two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the researchers say, they can now drive two-electron chemical reactions, a substantial advance over one-electron reactions, which are energy inefficient.
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Czechs tested Novichok-like substance for chemical warfare protection: government

Czechs tested Novichok-like substance for chemical warfare protection: governmentNerve agents of the Novichok type though not the same as that used to poison a former Russian spy in Britain have been synthesized in tiny amounts in the Czech Republic to help train the army against chemical warfare, the government said. The Czech Republic had been listed among others by Russia as potential source of the Novichok-like substance that left ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in critical condition in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. The Czech Defense Ministry said that it had carried out “microsynthesis” of several micrograms at a time of potential chemical warfare agents, including Novichok and sarin gas.


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A new formula for creating chemical reactions — with carbs

A wide range of drugs and biochemical probes rely on natural or synthetic compounds that aid a reaction by adding carbohydrates. It’s a process called glycosylation. But it is traditionally a highly specific process that makes synthesis of such compounds, for testing or large-scale production, difficult. A team of scientists has developed a new approach to glycosylation that is remarkably simple and works in water at room temperature.
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'We should never go back', Macron, May say on chemical weapons

'We should never go back', Macron, May say on chemical weaponsFrench President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday urged the world to keep up the fight against chemical weapons on the anniversary of an international convention banning their use. “On the 21st anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and following Douma and Salisbury, Theresa May and I call with one voice for the world to join us in upholding the vital global prohibition on chemical weapons use,” Macron tweeted in English and French, referring to recent chemical attacks in Syria and Britain. Chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, were first used on the battlefields of World War I and also in 1988 by late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein against civilians in Halabja, Iraq.


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Syria chemical attack: Foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold talks, find political solution to conflict

  1. Syria chemical attack: Foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold talks, find political solution to conflict  Firstpost
  2. Recent Events in Syria Have Demonstrated That Not Everyone Wants Peace – Lavrov  Sputnik International
  3. EXCLUSIVE: ‘Syria war will NOT stop’ – Middle East expert warns of MORE airstrikes to come  Express.co.uk
  4. Message in missile strikes  Daily News & Analysis
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