Chemistry

Hydrogen Energy Breakthrough: Separating H from H2O

Hydrogen is known to have the potential to become an important source of energy. And there’s an abundant supply of it, in our water, if we can just …

Hydrogen

Why Food Smells So Good When it’s Browning

This weekend, millions of Americans will fire up the grill and cook up steaks, hot dogs, burgers and some tofu dogs (why not). Why will folks walking …

Scientists make vanadium into a useful catalyst for hydrogenation

Just as Cinderella turned from a poor teenager into a magnificent princess with the aid of a little magic, scientists at the U.S. Department of …

Precious Metals

Discovered in a Lab, a New Superblue Has Been Unleashed Upon the World as a Crayola Crayon

Art World<p>The stunning pigment is set to become part of your child's next box set.<p>,<p>When chemist Mas Subramanian accidentally discovered the …

Oregon State University

UK weather: the truth behind the 'toxic haze' caused by the UK heatwave

With a heat wave hitting the UK this bank holiday weekend, reports of a 'toxic haze' descending on the UK have circulated. But what does this mean …

Environment

Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production

Chemists at the Centre for Electrochemical Sciences at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a catalyst with self-healing properties. Under the …

“Bio-Prospectors” Are Studying Living Organisms for Signs of Useful Substances

Prospects of Bio-Prospecting<p>When people hear about prospecting, they might imagine old forty-niners (miners) with pickaxes hunting for gold, or maybe …

Biology

Researchers break down plastic waste

What to do proteins and Kevlar have in common? Both feature long chain molecules that are strung together by amide bonds. These strong chemical bonds …

14 of your most embarrassing questions about wine answered with science

We've been there.<p>You're in a liquor or grocery store, trying to pick out wine with a group of friends when, inevitably, some unexpected member offers up their expert opinion.<p>Truth be told, there's a whole lot of science behind wine. Genetics, chemistry, microbiology, and even psychology all play a …

Drinking

High pressure key to lighter, stronger metal alloys, scientists find

Subjecting complex metal mixtures called high-entropy alloys to extremely high pressures could lead to finer control over the arrangement of their …

‘Chemistry’ Is an Anti-Coming-of-Age Story

“Diamond is no longer the hardest mineral known to man,” Weike Wang writes near the beginning of her debut novel, “Chemistry.” “Lonsdaleite is 58 percent harder than diamond and forms only when meteorites smash themselves into the Earth.”<p>This is the thought that pops into the head of the novel’s …

Books

Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA, group finds

Water is the Earth's most abundant natural resource, but it's also something of a mystery due to its unique solvation characteristics – that is, how …

Biology

Researchers Have Used Proteins to Create The Strongest Organic Acid Ever

Move over, fluoroantimonic acid.<p>Researchers have created the strongest organic acid ever – and the team thinks it could revolutionise how we analyse …

University of New South Wales

Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale

Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere—in the air as droplets or aerosols, in industrially produced medications, and within rocks and oil …

Research explores 'artificial leaf' system for solar fuel production

If human beings could mimic the way plants make their own fuel, it's not a stretch to say that Earth's energy needs could be solved.<p>The way leafs …

Clean Energy

Natural gas facilities with no CO2 emissions

A granulate made of metal oxide circulates between the two chambers and is responsible for transporting oxygen from air to fuel: "We pump air through …

Energy

New modified toy car designs offer children with disabilities more options

In developing the new car, researchers found the process takes just a few different steps than the original car. The "go" switch is located under the …

Facts About Astatine

Astatine is the rarest element on Earth; only approximately 25 grams occur naturally on the planet at any given time. Its existence was predicted in …

Cool Stuff

The Painful Truth About The Pressures Of Academic Life

Weike Wang's funny, dark novel "Chemistry" explores the unraveling of a desperate grad student.<p>The woman who narrates Weike Wang’s debut novel has stumbled into a quarter-life crisis. A Chinese-American chemistry Ph.D. student, she has always expected (as have her parents) that she would progress …

Books

Introducing The 'Chit' - The World's First One-Bit Chemical Hard Drive

Storing data in chemicals.<p>In classical computing, information is stored in bits that are read by physical phenomena such as electricity. You might …

Quantum Mechanics

Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life

In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To …

Planets

Two simple building blocks produce complex 3-D material

Northwestern University scientists have built a structurally complex material from two simple building blocks that is the lowest-density …

Northwestern University

New chemical reaction could eventually yield new fuels and medications

When scientists develop the chemical formulas for new products such as fuels and medications, they often must first create molecules that haven't …

Scientists Have Stabilised a One-Dimensional Metallic Material in a World-First Experiment

It's one atom thick.<p>Researchers have constructed the world's thinnest metallic nanowire, creating a stable string of the chemical element tellurium, …

Engineering

Facts About Americium

Americium, a silvery-white, synthetic element, is created during nuclear reactions of heavy elements. The element and its isotopes have very few but …

Cool Stuff

A leap for 3-D printing

When the Space Shuttle hit the Earth's atmosphere on its return trip from the cosmos, it was traveling at 17,000 miles per hour—25 times the speed of …

Mapping changes in the dynamics and structure of water molecules in the vicinity of solutes

Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new method that allows them to map changes in the dynamics and structure of water molecules in …

Quantum Mechanics

Successful synthesis of nanomaterial that improves catalytic converter efficiency

A large international collaboration, which included ANSTO, has successfully synthesised highly porous rhodium nanoparticles that could be used as a …

Magnetic order in a two-dimensional molecular chessboard

Achieving magnetic order in low-dimensional systems consisting of only one or two dimensions has been a research goal for some time. In a new study …

Physics

Plasmonics enhances the sensitivity of smartphone microscopy

An international team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany has …

Microscopy