Chemistry Newsbytes

cultured_diamonds.jpgDiamonds are forever, but diamond makers are not. RIP H. Tracy Hall, inventor of synthetic diamonds. LA Times Termites: creepy pests or walking bioreactors? Smithsonian Olympic athletes use science to prepare for the heat, humidity, and pollution of Beijing. National Geographic "Big chemistry laboratory course" offered...by correspondence? Modern Mechanix For the perfect chocolate chip cookies, try a vacuum sealer. Popular Science A second skin from sweet peas. Guardian While ethical questions leave some countries waffling on stem cell research, Islamic countries forge ahead. Guardian