Chemistry

Researchers develop eco-friendly, 4-in-1 catalyst

Researchers develop eco-friendly, 4-in-1 catalyst

Brown University researchers have developed a new composite catalyst that can perform four separate chemical reactions in sequential order and in one container to...
The weird chemistry threatening masterpiece paintings

The weird chemistry threatening masterpiece paintings

A good art dealer can really clean up in today's market, but not when some weird chemistry wreaks havoc on masterpieces. Art conservators started to...
The accidental discovery of LSD

The accidental discovery of LSD

Bicycle Day on April 19 honors not the two-wheeled mode of transportation, but the colorful ride taken by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman who accidentally...
Addictive nut's derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

Addictive nut’s derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

As many as 600 million people in Southeast Asia chew areca nuts with betel leaves, sometimes adding tobacco leaves. Many users are addicted to this...
Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor

Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor

Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could...
A self-healing, water-repellent coating that's ultra durable

A self-healing, water-repellant coating that’s ultra durable

A self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating developed at the University of Michigan is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts. It could enable waterproofing of...
Hair Strands Could Reveal Lifestyle Secrets of Criminals

Hair strands could reveal lifestyle secrets of criminals

Hair fiber analysis, a forensic crime tool with a questionable past, could soon have a brighter future thanks to the development of a more...
Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones

Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones

Taking a cue from the Marvel Universe, researchers report that they have developed a self-healing polymeric material with an eye toward electronics and soft...
A step toward long-lasting sunscreen

A beach lover’s dream: A step toward long-lasting sunscreen

In a perfect world, people would diligently reapply sunscreen every couple of hours to protect their delicate skin from damaging solar radiation. But in reality,...
A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world

A ‘bionic leaf’ could help feed the world

In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called the "green revolution" that...