Es Abdulrahman

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Hey There Little Electron, Why Won't You Tell Me Where You Came From?

I want to tell you about one of the most beautiful ideas that I know.<p>It’s a physics experiment, and it's beautiful because in one elegant stroke, it …

Chemists Decree: Don't Pee in the Pool

Urine reacts with the chlorine in swimming pools, creating potentially dangerous chemical byproducts.<p>Here’s the thing. One-piece bathing suits, when wet, are very annoying to take off. And when you’re swimming three hours a day, as I did for practice on my high school swim team, climbing out of the …

How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

Pottery just got really high-tech<p>For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys. They maintain structural integrity at high temperatures and allow uranium neutrons to escape in order to produce nuclear reactions. But, …

The Last Alchemist in Paris, book review: curious tales of chemistry

From an Agatha Christie plot to a squib by George Bernard Shaw, the stories are fascinating. It's a pity there isn't space to tell some of them properly<p>We are now reading Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara, which Tim will review on Thursday 15 May<p>We are all chemists: our …

Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old requirement that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that …

Saudi America

DENNIS LITHGOW is an oil man, but sees himself as a manufacturer. His factory is a vast expanse of brushland in west Texas. His assembly line is …

3-D Printing Cells For Drug Testing Could Keep Animals Out Of Harm’s Way

Using a hacked MakerBot printer, researchers came up with a way to make human cells that work better than animal testing–and don’t need an animal.<p>Think of 3-D printing and you probably think of plastic gadgets like this bizarre toothbrush, but the technology can also be used for “bioprinting” …

3D Printing