Chemistry

Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

As the world population continues to balloon, agricultural experts puzzle over how farms will produce enough food to keep up with demand. O ne tactic involves...
The chemistry of redheads

The chemistry of redheads

St. Patrick's Day evokes thoughts of all things often associated with the Irish -- including red hair. Chemically speaking, what sets redheads apart from the...
Why durian is the smelly 'king of fruits'

Why durian is the smelly ‘king of fruits’?

Durian, known as the king of fruits, is eaten all over Southeast Asia. But it's also banned from many public spaces due to its powerful...
How superhydrophobic materials stay totally dry

How superhydrophobic materials stay totally dry

Raincoats, car windshields, waterproof phones: They all use a little chemistry to stay dry. Inspired by nature, chemists use extremely water-fearing, or superhydrophobic, coatings to...
Common Chemicals Could Increase Cancer Risk

Common chemicals could increase cancer risk

A common class of chemicals found everywhere from car exhausts, smoke, building materials and furniture to cosmetics and shampoos could increase cancer risk because...
When less oxygen means better performance

When less oxygen means better performance

New oxygen free alloys developed by UConn, NC State scientists could lead to better, faster jet engines. Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found...
Swimming microbots can remove pathogenic bacteria from water

Swimming microbots can remove pathogenic bacteria from water

The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, tiny robots could help address...
Did you know the Statue of Liberty's true colors

Did you know the Statue of Liberty’s true colors?

The Statue of Liberty is an iconic blue-green symbol of freedom. But did you know she wasn't always that color? When France gifted Lady Liberty to...
Scientists find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment

Scientists find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment

In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers--one a group of theorists and...
Chemistry life hacks

Chemistry life hacks: Food edition

Reactions is back with another round of chemistry life hacks. The latest episode brings chemistry to the kitchen, and features science-backed tips to cook rice...