Chemistry

Longer-lasting fragrance is just a shampoo away, thanks to peptides

Longer-lasting fragrance is just a shampoo away, thanks to peptides

Many people select their shampoo based on smell. Unfortunately, that scent usually doesn’t last long on hair. Now, one team reports in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a...
Going green with plant-based resins

Going green with plant-based resins

Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together — epoxy thermosets — are not environmentally friendly. Now,...
A Dash of Gold Improves Microlasers

A dash of gold improves microlasers

The precious metal provides a 'nano' solution for improving disease detection, defense and cybersecurity applications Gold. The word brings to mind wedding rings, buried treasure...
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...
Better pancakes through chemistry

Better pancakes through chemistry

Everyone seems to swear by a different pancake recipe. How can you griddle up the perfect pancakes for your Saturday morning breakfast? With chemistry, of course. Just...
Cassini's legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan

Cassini spacecraft’s legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan

The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, is set to end on Sept. 15. The mission has told...
Why do phone batteries sometimes explode

Why do phone batteries sometimes explode?

Lithium-ion batteries have become a ubiquitous part of the digital revolution, but not without a serious setback. They keep spontaneously exploding, and consumers are getting...
Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency

Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency

Researchers examining the flow of electricity through semiconductors have uncovered another reason these materials seem to lose their ability to carry a charge as...
How rubber makes sports possible

How rubber makes sports possible

Sports balls of all varieties owe their resilience and reliability to an unusual polymer -- one whose derivatives and spinoffs are everywhere you look,...
What the world’s tiniest ‘monster truck’ reveals

What the world’s tiniest ‘monster truck’ reveals

The world’s shortest race by distance — a fraction of the width of a human hair — was run on gold and silver tracks,...