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Envisioning Chemistry: Stunning Footage of Chemical Reactions Filmed by WenTing Zhu

Envisioning Chemistry: Stunning Footage of Chemical Reactions Filmed by WenTing Zhu

Chemical reactions can be described with words, formulas, and observed with the naked eye, but in the capable hands of filmmaker and photographer WenTing Zhu they take on a near miraculous quality as

After the Napa Fires, Toxic Ash Threatens Soil, Streams, and San Francisco Bay

It turns into sediment in lakes and streams, carries heavy metals and toxins—and if it comes from buildings, no one knows what's in it.
World's quickest laser pulse can track electrons in slow motion

World's quickest laser pulse can track electrons in slow motion

The race to produce ever-faster laser pulses has set a new record, and it could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of atom-level physics. A team at ETH Zurich has shortened an X-ray pulse to
Scientists Identify ‘Missing Link’ in Life’s Chemical Origins

Scientists Identify ‘Missing Link’ in Life’s Chemical Origins

The Scrips team says it has identified a compound that checks all the boxes, and it's called diamidophosphate (DAP). The post Scientists Identify ‘Missing Link’ in Life’s Chemical Origins appeared
Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line

Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line

As more drug companies prevent sales of their products for execution, some US states have seized on new, untried drug combinations – raising big ethical issuesToday, Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled
Watch an Artist Instantly Create a Mirror With Liquid Silver Nitrate

Watch an Artist Instantly Create a Mirror With Liquid Silver Nitrate

Although mirrors have been around for thousands of years, a German chemist named Justus von Liebig made a breakthrough in 1835 that would make the modern manufacture of them possible. Add some sugar
Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions

Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions

Converting methane to hydrogen before burning it lets us deal with the carbon.
Confirmed: Lightning Causes Nuclear Reactions in the Sky

Confirmed: Lightning Causes Nuclear Reactions in the Sky

Lightning is nuts. It’s a supercharged bolt of electricity extending from the sky to the ground that can kill people. But it can also produce nuclear reactions, according to new research. Read
Life, but not as we know it

Life, but not as we know it

Unnatural DNA used to encode unnatural proteins, all in otherwise normal cells.

Inside the Magically Mundane Lab of a Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist

Ben Feringa is a pioneer in nanotechnology, and this is his world.
New Polymer Could Lead to Phone Screen That Heals When Cracked

New Polymer Could Lead to Phone Screen That Heals When Cracked

A cracked screen today might cost you hundreds of dollars to fix, but a new material accidentally developed by researchers in Tokyo might lead to phone screens that heal themselves after a crack. The
Erato’s lightweight Verse wireless earbuds deliver solid sound at a good price

Erato’s lightweight Verse wireless earbuds deliver solid sound at a good price

Erato, one of the first companies to make and sell fully wireless earbuds, has a new product available called the Verse that’s more affordable than its flagship Apollo 7 buds, but with great sound
This Could Be Where Mars' Water Disappeared to

This Could Be Where Mars' Water Disappeared to

Mars looks like it used to have water—perhaps even entire oceans. But not today. Today, scientists can’t even decide whether it’s got slight trickles darkening the dirt on its mountainsides. If Mars
This Could Be Where Mars' Water Disappeared to

This Could Be Where Mars' Water Disappeared to

Mars looks like it used to have water—perhaps even entire oceans. But not today. Today, scientists can’t even decide whether it’s got slight trickles darkening the dirt on its mountainsides. If Mars

Miniature motors powered by spinning drops of liquid

If you've ever observed "wine legs," the rivulets that form when you swirl wine in a glass, you've seen the Marangoni effect. Watch how scientists are using this effect to create tiny motors that emit
Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon

Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon

An enzyme that normally digests formic acid will happily make it.
'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Meets the Chemists Who Specialize in Making MDMA

'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Meets the Chemists Who Specialize in Making MDMA

On a new episode of the VICELAND show, Hamilton Morris hangs out with a few rogue scientists who use their labs to cook up the psychoactive drug.
New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back

New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back

Despite lots of year-to-year variability, trends are now becoming clear.