Category: News

  • Harnessing Chatbots as Chemistry Research Assistants

    Harnessing Chatbots as Chemistry Research Assistants

    BY NEIL LIU Grappling with large amounts of experimental data can be burdensome for researchers. For decades, researchers have been developing new algorithms and training artificial intelligence (AI) models to shoulder such laborious tasks. With the breakthrough in large language models, including ChatGPT, a new revolution in chemistry research might have arrived. In a recent…

  • Two Tragic Chemists

    Two Tragic Chemists

    BY ERSHUANG LU Imagine being a chemist who manipulates the fundamental molecules of the world to create towering structures of iron and bronze, or biological marvels that can stimulate a dead man’s heartbeat. Imagine inventing a machine that shakes the foundations of agriculture. Imagine publishing it to the world, receiving accolades upon accolades for single-handedly…

  • Through a New Lens: A New Method for Removing Microplastics from Salt and Freshwater

    Through a New Lens: A New Method for Removing Microplastics from Salt and Freshwater

    BY TALIA DAGHIGHIAN The issue of plastic pollution has become a prevalent one, so much so that it’s predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight. Though larger plastic particles break down into smaller particles over time, small nanoparticles and microparticles – particles in the nanometer and…

  • DEA Withdraws Rule to Ban Five Psychedelics

    DEA Withdraws Rule to Ban Five Psychedelics

    BY MICHAEL BORCHARD On July 22, 2022, the US Drug Enforcement Administration withdrew a proposed rule from January 14th to place five psychedelic drugs of the tryptamine class – 4-OH-DiPT, 5-MeO-AMT, 5-MeO-MiPT, 5-MeO-DET, and DiPT – in schedule I. This designation is the most restrictive a psychoactive chemical can have. The uncharacteristic withdrawal came in…

  • Sunscreen Recall due to Benzene Contamination

    Sunscreen Recall due to Benzene Contamination

    BY ALEXIA JAIME At UC San Diego, there are countless activities that students and faculty love to partake in, including surfing, biking, supporting our amazing sports teams, and more. All of these activities have one thing in common: the sun! Sunscreen is a must-have for all these activities because there’s nothing worse than coming home…

  • V-SYNTHES: A New Digital Tool for Drug Development

    V-SYNTHES: A New Digital Tool for Drug Development

    BY MICHAEL BORCHARD Problems in Novel Drug Development Drug development is an extremely costly and time consuming process. It is estimated that on average, bringing a new treatment from concept to market costs $2.6 billion dollars and takes over 12 years,1 with only 12% of products making it through clinical trials.2 This makes it clear…