Catching up with The Alchemist

Catching up with The Alchemist – Ancient oxygen levels were higher than The Alchemist thought, but they existed in submarine oxygen oases rather than in the atmosphere. We also learn this week that a sweet solution to modulating pharmaceutical activity is possible, that micro-onions could serve as magnetic ink for digital displays, that there is more sulfur involved in the nitrogen cycle than we thought and how cat litter has the key to a productive sex life for the Toxoplasma parasite that infects rats. Finally, NIH is funding new research to protect us from viral-based bioweapons.