Nervous, Monopolar, Solvents

Full Metal AlchemistSuperfast fluorescent sensor molecules that detect and destroy nerve agent, chemical weapons, caught The Alchemist’s eye this week, as did new insights into the ancient oxygen levels of the early earth.

A very alchemical notion emerges from Austria suggesting that life elsewhere in the universe may use sulfuric acid instead of water as its vital solvent.

Spin ice reveals the existence of magnetic monopoles, the norths without the souths, so to speak.

Meanwhile, a graphene-semiconductor mashup shows us the way to future molecular electronics.

More on these and the links in this week’s Alchemist.