Chemistry

Ultimate Natural Sunscreen

The ultimate natural sunscreen!

Chemists, materials scientists and nanoengineers at UC San Diego have created what may be the ultimate natural sunscreen. In a paper published in the American...
Watch a drop of water navigate a maze

Watch a drop of water navigate a maze

Have you ever seen a drop of water navigate a maze? It's possible thanks to the same phenomenon that lets you know if a griddle...
The chemistry of whiskey

The chemistry of whiskey

Derby Day is around the corner, and with it comes big hats, horses with funny names, and bourbon. The latest episode of Reactions celebrates the...
What do electrolytes actually do

What do electrolytes actually do?

Sports drink commercials love talking about them, but what are electrolytes, why do we need them, and what happens if we don't have enough? Electrolytes...
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...