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Fungi From a Toxic Mine Pit Have Teamed Up to Produce a New Type of Antibiotic

We've never seen bacteria killed like this before.<p>Two species of fungus isolated from a highly toxic mine pit in Montana have been thrown together in …

Scientists identify unique "breathprint" of 17 diseases

A team of international researchers recently unveiled a nano array that can identify the chemical signatures of 17 different diseases, possibly …

Four New Super-Heavy Elements Have Now Been Officially Christened

Ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium, and ununoctium — these were the temporary names given to four new super-heavy elements by the International …

Where Does The Mass Of A Proton Come From?

If you were to divide the particles that made up your body into smaller and smaller bits, you’d find that at every step along the way — at least in terms of mass — the whole was equal to the sum of its parts. If you broke your body down into its individual bones, fat and organs, they would add up …

Scientists have created self-healing fabrics that also protect from harmful chemicals

Protective clothing is critical to the health and safety of workers who handle hazardous chemicals. A new fabric coating promises to not only neutralize toxins, but also to heal tears and holes on its own while the clothes go through the laundry.<p>The coating, developed by a team of researchers from …

Protein

New Metal Alloy Four Times Stronger Than Titanium Could Revolutionize Prosthetics

Scientists have devised a new metal alloy, made by mixing titanium and gold, that could lead to a revolution in how prosthetics are …

By 2050, There'll Be More Plastic Than Fish in Our Oceans

So long, and thanks for all the fish.<p>The number of fish in our oceans will be outweighed by plastic waste over the next 35 years, according to a new …

Pollution

Tiny metal ‘pillars’ survive 1,100 degrees Celsius

Scientists have produced a thin film out of a new class of metal alloys that can survive very high temperatures and extreme pressures.<p>Researchers at …

Crystals

How to make graphene at room temperature

Scientists are testing a new method for manufacturing high-quality graphene that doesn’t require super hot temperatures.<p>“With this new technique, we …

Nanotech

Hydrogen Highways Are Becoming Realities In California

Fuel cell fill-ups aren't just California dreams anymore<p>In 2003 <i>Popular Science</i> asked readers: "Will most Americans be driving hydrogen-powered cars by 2015?" The results to that poll are lost to time, but we already know the answer, even if 2015 isn't over yet. Unfortunately, the green technology …

Liquid crystals could cut cost for solar panels

Lack of performance has made it difficult for organic solar cells to compete with silicon-based products. However, the discovery of a new liquid …

Solar Panels

WATCH: Artificial Atoms Can Produce Any Colour in The World

Atoms make up everything, and they can even produce some amazing colours when excited.<p>For example, sodium atoms can emit a beautiful yellow glow that …

Chemistry

How big is a mole? (Not the animal, the other one.) - Daniel Dulek

The word “mole” suggests a small, furry burrowing animal to many. But in this lesson, we look at the concept of the mole in chemistry. Learn the …

Particles

Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered

A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered at Lund University and Karolinska …

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, metal, and the other materials from our lives and we are left naked, shivering in a muddy field. The sophistication of our lives is in a large part bestowed by material wealth, we would quickly revert to animal behaviour without …

Exotic material made of ‘soccer balls’ and diamonds

Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon—one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond—to make a molecule that conducts …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style [Video]

The alloy can even take a humanoid form<p>A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from <i>Terminator 2</i> and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton.<p>Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed …

Enormous Carbon Capture Project Begins Construction In Texas

It'll trap tons of CO2 from a coal-fired power plant ... and then use it to mine for more fossil fuels.<p>What will eventually be the world's largest carbon capture facility has started construction near Houston, Texas.<p>The Petra Nova system will collect carbon dioxide leaving an existing coal plant by …

Real-life 'Flubber', made in the UK, saving lives in war zones and on the football field

VIDEO: An orange goo, invented and manufactured in Britain, is being used to protect Hollywood celebrities from harm during daring stunts, keep soldiers safe and reduce brain trauma in American football<p>Flubber, starring Robin Williams as a mad professor who invents a new rubber-like substance, was …

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many …

Solar Panels Could Replace Roads

Back when the concept of global warming was still nascent—only eight years ago, mind you—Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sagle, Idaho, began heavily contemplating an idea that Scott, an electrical engineer, had toyed with as a child: solar panel roads.<p>After years of figuring out many ways <i>not</i> to make a …

The EPA Wants A Piece Of Your Fracking Mind

Should energy companies reveal which substances they're injecting for hydraulic fracturing? The EPA requests public opinions.<p>Under the banner of “trade secrets,” many oil and gas companies have refused to reveal all the chemicals they are injecting deep underground, at high pressure, to reach and …

ANU researchers lay new element 117 on the periodic table

The element's name is likely to have a Russian flavour when the team behind its 2010 creation make suggestions, but the director of ANU's heavy ion …

Chemistry