Chemistry

New sensor can detect counterfeit extra virgin olive oil

Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Scintillon Institute in the USA have designed a sensor that can detect counterfeit olive...
New chemical catalyst turns 'trash' into 'treasure’

New chemical catalyst turns ‘trash’ into ‘treasure’

For decades, chemists have aspired to do carefully controlled chemistry on carbon-hydrogen bonds. The challenge is staggering. It requires the power of a miniature wrecking ball...
Scientists make liquid crystals do the twist

Scientists make liquid crystals do the twist

Researchers from the University of Maryland have for the first time measured an effect that was predicted more than 40 years ago, called the...

How to borrow a natural recipe for sugar synthesis

Today, sugar has a villainous reputation. And while too much of the sweet stuff should be avoided, all living things need sugar to survive. "The biological...

The secret life of cloud droplets

Do water droplets cluster inside clouds? Researchers confirm two decades of theory with an airborne imaging instrument. Like raindrops streaking across the windows of your car...

Diamonds are forever – whether made in a lab or mined from the earth

It’s diamond season. Almost 40 percent of American engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with Christmas the most popular day to pop the...
Why Antarctic fish don’t freeze to death

Why Antarctic fish don’t freeze to death?

Fish living in the oceans around Antarctica seem like they should freeze to death. But notothenioids have it all figured out, thanks to the...

Should Santa wear a flame-retardant suit?

Saint Nick faces a host of hazards during the holiday season, from the calories in cookies to the dying embers in your fireplace. A flame-retardant...

What’s behind smelly wine?

Aging often improves the flavor of wine, but sometimes the beverage emerges from storage with an unpleasant smell. One of the prime culprits is hydrogen...

Scientists reveal how chemical that drives cats ‘crazy’ is produced

Researchers have shown how catnip produces the chemicals that send cats into a state of frenzy. Catnip is a plant in the mint family and...