- This week’s alchemical news – This week, The Alchemist learns of a promising technology for almost simultaneously producing electricity and desalinating seawater and discovers that nicotine is more like cocaine when it comes to first exposure offering important clues as to how addiction develops. In environmental news a new biosensor can cheaply and accurately detect oil and other pollutants in water while uranium hard drives might be on the horizon thanks to British chemists. Meanwhile, quantum drums suggest new ways to study electromechanics. Finally, President Barack Obama finds time at the beginning of May to honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year, with high school chemistry Michelle Shearer being the recipient.
Selected from the latest science stories to hit DB’s virtual desktop @sciencebase.