Chemistry

Scientists discover new method to grow elastic diamonds

Scientists discover new method to grow elastic diamonds

Diamonds is the strongest naturally occurring material on Earth. It is also renowned for its incomparable properties, such as high stiffness, exceptional thermal conductivity, high...
Magic metal bismuth could help put excess carbon dioxide to good use

Magic metal bismuth could help put excess carbon dioxide to good use

This finding could be ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for Planet Earth The chunk of metal sitting on a table in Joel Rosenthal's office at...
Blackcurrant dye could make hair coloring safer and more sustainable

Blackcurrant dye could make hair coloring safer and more sustainable

Whether they're trying to hide some gray or embrace a new or quirky color, people adore hair dyes. But some of these dyes may be...
Scientists discover path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

Scientists discover path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

There's a good chance you've touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It's often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene...
Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

What's better than platinum? In hydrogen fuel cells, the answer is cofacial cobalt porphyrins. It's a mouthful to say, and if you're not a chemist, you've...
Carcinogens in barbecue smoke can harm your skin

Carcinogens in barbecue smoke can harm your skin

With summer coming, it’s only a matter of time before the smells and tastes of barbecued foods dominate the neighborhood. But there’s a downside to...
Blackcurrants could help end bad (for the planet) hair days

Blackcurrants could help end bad (for the planet) hair days

Natural dyes extracted from blackcurrant waste created during Ribena fruit cordial manufacture have for the first time been used in an effective new hair...
Nanomaterials can help preserve a painter’s legacy

Nanomaterials can help preserve a painter’s legacy

Paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Johannes Vermeer have been delighting art lovers for years. But it turns out that these works of...
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Scientists discover new magnetic element ruthenium (Ru)

A new experimental discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota, demonstrates that the chemical element ruthenium (Ru) is the fourth single element...
Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

Northwestern University’s Jiaxing Huang is ready to reignite carbon nanotube research. And he’s doing so with a common chemical that was once used in household...