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These chemicals in living room may cause diabetes

PBDEs are common household chemicals added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires. They get released into the air people breathe at home, in...

‘Swiss Army knife’ catalyst can make natural gas burn cleaner

Natural gas is the cleanest traditional fossil fuel source because it produces relatively low amounts of pollutants like carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse...

Scientists find innovative way to create rechargeable zinc-air battery

High-performance, eco-friendly, safe and at the same time cost-effective: the zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Until now, the conventional...

Scientists turn coal powder into graphite in microwave oven

Using copper foil, glass containers and a conventional household microwave oven, University of Wyoming researchers have demonstrated that pulverized coal powder can be converted...

Diamonds may power electronic devices and even electric cars one day

When it comes to the semiconductor industry, silicon has reigned as king in the electronics field, but it is coming to the end of...

Scientists find innovative way to measure electricity in cells

Electricity is a key ingredient in living bodies. We know that voltage differences are important in biological systems; they drive the beating of the heart...

Scientists synthesize extremely unusual silicon compounds

Chemists at the University of Bonn (Germany) have synthesized extremely unusual compounds. Their central building block is a silicon atom. Different from usual, however, is the...

This new ultra-thin material unlocks quantum phenomena

Scientist have designed a new ultra-thin material that they have used to create elusive quantum states. Called one-dimensional Majorana zero energy modes, these quantum states...

What is kombucha? Are there limits to what we can turn into kombucha?

Kombucha is a bubbly, fermented tea that has gained popularity in the health and wellness scene over the last decade. But what is it exactly? This...

This chemical in cigarettes linked to more severe flu, pneumonia infections

In a new study, researchers found that high levels of cadmium, a chemical found in cigarettes and in contaminated vegetables, are linked to higher...