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Re-designing hydrogenases
EPFL chemists have synthesized the first ever functional non-native metal hydrogenase. (2019-05-21)
Skoltech researchers developed new perovskite-inspired semiconductors for electronic devices
The collaborative effort of researchers from Skoltech, SB RAS Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, and RAS Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics translated into the development of advanced lead-free semiconductors for solar cells, based on complex antimony and bismuth halides. (2019-05-13)
Is it really 'dry clean only'? (video)
Knowing the do's and don'ts of washing your clothes can be difficult, but chemistry has got your back. (2019-04-18)
New method may transport medicine better through the body
One of the major challenges in fighting inflammation is to get the medicine transported properly through the body. (2019-04-11)
Cleaning up oil using magnets
In the future, it could be possible to remove oil spills on the surface of the ocean by using magnets. (2019-04-01)
Inert nitrogen forced to react with itself
Direct coupling of two molecules of nitrogen: chemists from W├╝rzburg and Frankfurt have achieved what was thought to be impossible. (2019-03-21)
New measurement method for radioactive methane
The method developed by Juho Karhu in his PhD thesis work is a first step towards creating a precise measuring device. (2019-03-20)
How hair dye works (video)
Whether you need a disguise to run from the law or are just trying to emulate *NSYNC-era frosted tips, you may need some chemical assistance to put the hue in your do. (2019-03-01)
Sea worms and jellyfish treat cancer and kill insects
Scientists of the Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (PIBOC) of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS) and the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) found out marine invertebrates living in Troitsa Bay, the Sea of Japan, contain biologically active compounds with strong antitumor and antimicrobial properties, and also capable of killing insects. (2019-02-14)
Scientists developed a method that allows removal of antibiotic residue from waste water
In February the article 'Metal-doped organic aerogels for photocatalytic degradation of trimethoprim' written by the researchers of two research groups (nanoporous materials and environmental technology research groups) of Tallinn University of Technology was published in the high-impact peer-reviewed professional journal Chemical Engineering Journal. (2019-02-13)
Microbial manufacturing
Led by Emily Balskus, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, a team of researchers has untangled how bacteria found in soil are able to manufacture streptozotocin, showing for the first time that the compound is produced through an enzymatic pathway and revealing the novel chemistry that drives the process. (2019-02-06)
Cooking chemistry minus heat equals new non-toxic adhesive
A new soy-based, non-toxic adhesive could be used in organic food packaging and some speciality food items. (2019-01-31)
The limonene myth (video)
Limonene, a compound found in citrus fruits, has two enantiomers: mirror-image molecules that cannot be superimposed, like a left and right hand. (2019-01-17)
Just like flipping a switch -- in only half a picosecond
Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered spin flips happen in one half of one trillionth of a second, or half a picosecond in the course of a chemical reaction. (2019-01-16)
Lab safety, 10 years later
On Dec. 29, 2008, staff scientist Sheri Sangji was working on a chemical synthesis in a lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, when one of the reagents ignited. (2019-01-09)
How kimchi gets its kick (video)
Kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish beloved in Korea and around the world, has a signature pungent, sour tang. (2018-12-20)
New properties of sulfur atom discovered
2019 will be, as proclaimed by the UN, the 'International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements', in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of its creation. (2018-12-14)
What's the difference between relative humidity and dew point? (video)
Meteorologists often report the amount of moisture in the air as relative humidity or dew point. (2018-11-29)
New technique for identifying small molecules may speed up drug discovery, manufacturing
A UCLA-led team of scientists has developed a new technique that will enable researchers to easily and quickly determine the structures of organic molecules using very small samples. (2018-11-27)
How to convert climate-changing carbon dioxide into plastics and other products
Rutgers scientists have developed catalysts that can convert carbon dioxide -- the main cause of global warming -- into plastics, fabrics, resins and other products. (2018-11-20)
Arming drug hunters, chemists design new reaction for drug discovery
Colorado State University organic chemists have forged a powerful new tool for drug hunters -- a simple, elegantly designed chemical reaction that could fling open an underexplored wing of biologically relevant chemistry. (2018-11-15)
Top 10 chemistry start-ups
Starting a new chemistry-based company is one part discovery, one part risk. (2018-11-08)
RNA microchips
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is, along with DNA and protein, one of the three primary biological macromolecules and was probably the first to arise in early life forms. (2018-11-06)
Do astronauts need sunscreen? (video)
Space is full of potentially dangerous radiation. Here on Earth, our atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from the worst of it. (2018-10-25)
Chemists disproved the universal nature of the mercury test
The mercury test of catalysts that has been used and considered universal for 100 years, turned out to be ambiguous. (2018-10-24)
A clearer path to clean air in China
New research from Harvard shows that a key to reducing extreme wintertime air pollution in China may be reducing formaldehyde emissions rather than sulfur dioxide. (2018-10-18)
How to catch fruit flies (video)
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar -- or can you? (2018-10-18)
New composite materials prolong the service life of spare parts for equipment and vehicles
Studies have shown that hybrid powder materials based on natural layered silicates developed by the chemists of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS) decrease the friction ratio in metals sevenfold. (2018-10-09)
Controlling chemical reactions near absolute zero
EPFL chemists have demonstrated complete experimental control over a chemical reaction just above absolute zero. (2018-10-08)
Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas
In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. (2018-10-04)
Natto, the stinky, slimy soybean snack (video)
Natto, a food made from fermented soybeans, often turns off newcomers to Japanese food due to its strong smell and stringy slime. (2018-09-28)
Chemicals linked to endocrine disorder in older pet cats
New research suggests that there may be a link between higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment and higher levels of hyperthyroidism in pet cats as they age. (2018-09-19)
Oregon chemists create circular fluorescent dyes for biological imaging
University of Oregon chemists have created a new class of fluorescent dyes that function in water and emit colors based solely on the diameter of circular nanotubes made of carbon and hydrogen. (2018-09-17)
What are eye crusties made of? (video)
The substance that builds up in the corners of your eyes as you sleep has a variety of colloquial names: eye crusties, sleep, eye dust. (2018-09-13)
Common pesticide inhibits brain development in frogs
New research published in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry reveals that low doses of a commonly used pesticide potentially harm the Northern Leopard frog by inhibiting their brain development. (2018-09-06)
How 'double-acting' baking powder acts twice (video)
Baking powder is used to raise baked goods like cakes and cookies. (2018-09-06)
New method for hydroboration of alkynes: Radicals induce unusual selectivity
A combination of organoboron and radical chemistry generates unusual trans-selectivity in hydroboration of alkynes. (2018-08-30)
Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery
Chemists from the University of Waterloo have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100 per cent coulombic efficiency. (2018-08-23)
Simple score to diagnose heart attacks is safer, faster than current methods
An international team of researchers has developed a simple laboratory score that is safer and faster at diagnosing patients who visit the emergency department with heart attack symptoms. (2018-08-20)
Bacteria-fighting polymers created with light
Hundreds of polymers -- which could kill drug-resistant superbugs in novel ways -- can be produced and tested using light, using a method developed at the University of Warwick (2018-08-14)
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