Chemistry

Converting carbon dioxide to methane using iron and sunlight

(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Université Paris Diderot in France and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina has discovered a …

Carbon Dioxide

The Simple Way I Beat Procrastination

You’re sitting in front of a keyboard, but the words aren’t coming out.<p>You’re trying to begin that project, but there is no clear starting point.<p>The …

Procrastination

The little enzyme that could help fight global warming

<i>; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images</i>Jacob MargolisScientists at USC and Cal Tech have discovered a a way to greatly speed up the process of …

Southern California

Explainer: how scientists invent new colours

For tens of thousands of years, humans have created colours through simple chemistry. At first we used dyes found in nature such as berries and …

Engineering

Massive Tides Could Boost TRAPPIST-1's Prospects For Life

Earlier this year, Earthlings rejoiced when scientists announced the discovery of three rocky exoplanets in the habitable zone of TRAPPIST-1, an …

Harvard

Extraterrestrial Form of Hot, Dense Ice Observed Forming in Lab

In Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel "Cat's Cradle," there's a fictional substance known as ice-nine. A special type of water imagined by the …

Scientists Make a New Material: BaZnGa!

<i>The Big Bang Theory</i> is a bad show. Among its worst elements is main character Sheldon Cooper’s catchphrase “Bazinga!”, whose apparent purpose is to signal a production assistant to mash the laugh track button because Sheldon has attempted to make a joke.<p>That shouldn’t take away from the achievement …

Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks

The idea of adding nanoparticles to increase LED efficiency is not new. But previous efforts to incorporate them have been impractical for …

Engineering

Scientists Just Learned How to Lock Away Carbon a Whole Lot Faster

Thanks, oceans.<p>A key tool in the fight against atmospheric carbon just got a big boost, with scientists finding a way to significantly speed up the …

Carbon Dioxide

Carl Garland, professor emeritus of chemistry, dies at 87

Carl W. Garland, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, died Tuesday, July 11, at the age of 87.“Carl was an influential and outstanding …

MIT

Islands of cooperating atoms jam like ice floes as a liquid becomes like glass

We learn in school that matter comes in three states: solid, liquid and gas. A bored and clever student (we've all met one) then sometimes asks …

Atoms

Harnessing light to drive chemical reactions

An exotic interaction between light and metal can be harnessed to make chemical reactions more sustainable, but the physics behind it has been widely …

Chemical Engineering

New genetically engineered yeast that could clean up heavy metal pollution

A genetically engineered version of the fungus in your bread and beer could help clean up the environment. A team of seven scientists at institutions …

Biology

Pretirement App: Interactive Countdown Clock to Financial Freedom

What would you do if you knew that skipping that morning $4 coffee/muffin combo every day would get you 8 months closer to financial freedom? What if …

401(k)

Chemist Warehouse is looking to set up shop in New Zealand

Australian pharmacy giant Chemist Warehouse is looking to open in New Zealand, according to industry sources.

New Zealand

Researchers develop new transistor concept

Transistors, as used in billions on every computer chip, are nowadays based on semiconductor-type materials, usually silicon. As the demands for …

Engineering

New interactive periodic table shows how each element influences daily life

How do gallium and tantalum influence your daily life? Quite a bit, it turns out. Gallium is a component of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, while …

Lifestyle

How selenium compounds might become catalysts

Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have tested a new approach for activating chemical reactions based on the element selenium. They demonstrated …

On the way to a biological alternative

The research team of Prof. Dr. Oliver Einsle at the University of Freiburg's Institute of Biochemistry has long been exploring the functioning of …

Biology

We've Just Got Closer Than Ever to Making Perfectly Cubic Ice

It's a lot more important than just cooling a drink.<p>It's not something many people think about when they drop a few ice cubes into their beverage of …

Ohio State University

Baseball Tackles Workplace Mystery: How to Build Team Chemistry?

The sport is desperately trying to answer an age-old question, whether something as nebulous as “chemistry” be quantified—and then weaponized<p>This season, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have embarked on an ambitious experiment in an effort to solve one of the deepest mysteries …

Baseball

Microwaves reveal detailed structure of molecular motor

A team of scientists has used microwaves to unravel the exact structure of a tiny molecular motor. The nano-machine consists of just a single …

Engineering

Smallest-ever star discovered by astronomers

The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than …

Universe

Carbon displays quantum effects

Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have found evidence that carbon atoms cannot only behave like particles but also like waves. This …

Quantum Mechanics

Interactive Periodic Table Shows the Uses of Every Element

What has rhenium done for you lately? Look it up on the friendly Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words. Click any element …

Periodic Table

Shoes that snap to your feet!

Forget about Nike’s HyperAdapt self lacing shoes. A designer in Moscow is working on “self-wearing” shoes. Inspired by how chemical reactions in a …

Shoes

Scientists can now locate oxygen in the structure of catalysts with a precision of one-trillionth of a meter

A major new application of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR technology at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has led to the ability to …

U.S. Department of Energy

Alien ice on Earth: Scientists discover how dense, extraterrestrial ice can form in just billionths of a second

Stanford researchers have for the first time captured the freezing of water, molecule-by-molecule, into a strange, dense form called ice VII ("ice …

Nanoparticles take a bite out of infections

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that colonize surfaces and medical equipment are causing alarming annual rises in the number of patients becoming …

E.coli

From solid to liquid and back again

You can easily walk across the sand on a beach. But step into a ball pit, and chances are you'll fall right through.<p>Sand and ball pits are both …

Duke University