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The Plastics Revolution: How Chemists Are Pushing Polymers to New Limits

Hermann Staudinger was a pacifist, but this was one fight he was determined to win. In 1920, the German chemist proposed that polymers—a broad class …

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

Students who take notes by hand outperform students who type, and more type these days, new studies show<p>Laptops and organizer apps make pen and paper seem antique, but handwriting appears to focus classroom attention and boost learning in a way that typing notes on a keyboard does not, new studies …

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DNA devices perform bio-analytical chemistry inside live cells

Some biochemistry laboratories fashion proteins into complex shapes, constructing the DNA nanotechnological equivalent of Baroque or Rococo …

RIT researchers study safety of electronic cigarette flavorings

Analysis of flavors in e-cigs will lead to better public health information<p>Faculty and student researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology's …

14 Rare Photos Of Albert Einstein That You've Probably Never Seen Before

It's the 100th anniversary of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and a new book reveals little-known pictures of the great physicist.<p>It's one of a set of rare photos that have been released to BuzzFeed by the Albert Einstein Archive and Princeton University Press, to coincide with the 100th …

An 80-Year-Old Prank Revealed, Hiding in the Periodic Table!

You wouldn’t know it, because it’s hiding down there at the bottom of the periodic table of elements, but it’s a prank—something a five-year-old might do—and the guy who did it was one of the greatest chemists in America. It’s pure silliness, staring right at you, right where I’ve drawn my circle, …

Periodic Table

Sometimes you just want a caffeine hit to wake you up, but if you appreciate the finer points of a cup of coffee, it’s worth going right down to the chemistry of the water, milk, sugar – and salt<p>As a chemistry teacher, I’m inevitably fascinated by chemistry in general, but especially by the …

Coffee

From chemist to cocktails: Meet the rum industry's first female Master Blender

The spirits world remains an old boys club, with men commanding the majority of the Head Distiller and Master Blender positions at high-profile …

There’s arsenic in our rice—and here’s an easy way to get it out

Rice is delicious, inexpensive, naturally gluten-free… and, as a 2012 Consumer Reports investigation uncovered to the dismay of many, full of arsenic. The magazine’s investigation tested a range of common rice products and found the poison in basically all (white rice, brown rice, organic rice …

The Slow-Motion Explosive Results of Underwater Potassium

Good old chemistry.<p>The folks at Periodic Videos recently filmed a couple of experiments where a small amount of metallic potassium was suddenly introduced to water with explosive results. Where this differs from your usual high school chemistry experiment is the fact that they did so …

Chemistry

How a brilliant female chemist who owns 55 patents re-invented cotton and made it 'the fabric of our lives'

But that was not always the case.<p>Forty years ago, cotton owned about one third of the textile market, but today the soft, fluffy material dominates about two-thirds of it, according to Marketplace.<p>What transformed cotton from a competitor to a commander of the fabric industry is a combination of …

Sewing

New Instrument Captures the Secret Lives of Cells - MIT Technology Review

This video shows the coordinated activity of the protein actin (magenta), and myosin (green), which is involved in muscle contractions. Working …

Nobel Prize