Sajeel Nasir

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Sulphur surplus: Up to our necks in a diabolical element

<b>Sulphur has many uses, from making acid to stiffening rubber, but right now we have more than we need - a lot more. It's worth hanging on to, though, because one day it may help feed the world.</b><p>"A sulphur mine in Sicily is about the nearest thing to a hell that is conceivable in my opinion." So …

Fort McMurray

Will green chemistry save us from toxification?

A swath of green chemistry initiatives could revolutionise the industry but just taking the toxic stuff out isn’t the answer, ingredients and design need to change<p>The ‘green’ label has been so abused over the past few decades that it is wise to suspect PR spin (what many call greenwashing). In the …

How Chemistry Can Help Predict Earthquakes Months Before the Earth Shakes

Researchers in Iceland found that before the ground shifts, the groundwater's chemistry does.<p>Earthquake warning systems, at this point, can only give "seconds to minutes of advance warning," once the Earth is already shaking. But a team of researchers may have found a way to see earthquakes coming …

Earth Science

Here Are The Innovations Likely To Win The Nobel Prize For Chemistry

The Intellectual Property & Science unit of Thomson Reuters, which also owns the Reuters news service, bases its forecasts on the number of citations of a scientist's published work. These references serve as a proxy for how influential their work is. (This is also how the overall influence and …

Nobel Prize

And This Is Why Baking Powder Can't Be Used As Baking Soda

They're both white powders. They're both used in baking. Both substances are leavening agents, substances that release gas bubbles and puff up dough …

The girl with three biological parents

<b>Alana Saarinen loves playing golf and the piano, listening to music and hanging out with friends. In those respects, she's like many teenagers around the world. Except she's not, because every cell in Alana's body isn't like mine and yours - Alana is one of a few people in the world who have DNA</b> …

Genetics

Is ISIS planning biological attacks?

Brian Todd takes a look at the information on the "Laptop of Doom" and what it exposes about ISIS' plans for attacks.

Some People Don’t Fit Into the Biological Category of ‘Man’ or ‘Woman’

We talked to a doctor to find out why the letter "I" for Intersex should be placed after "LGBT".<p>In the Netherlands there are about eighty thousand people who, according to doctors, physically don’t fit in the ‘man’ or ‘woman’ category: people with an intersex condition. You might not know it but …

Gender

If Synthetic Biology Lets Us Play God, We Need Rules

Synthetic biology has been called “genetic engineering on steroids.” It’s also been described as so difficult to pin down that five scientists would …

Genetics

Upgrading Inequality: Will Rich People Become a Superior Biological Caste?

Equality is one of the most sacred values of modern society. Yet modern society is poised to become the most unequal in history. For humankind might soon split into biological castes, with upper-class humans transformed into gods.<p>When we think about the future, we generally think about a world in …

Singularity

Biological Collections Are Vital to Preserving Species in the Face of Climate Change

Among the many different resources that scientists will use to try to forestall some of the effects of climate change, the nation's treasure trove of preserved plants, animals, and microscopic organisms is undoubtedly one of the least known to most people. But these biological collections represent …

Ecology