Chemistry

Scientists make super light 18-carat gold with plastic

Researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements. The discovery will thrill lovers of...

Scientists find new way to sustainably make chemicals

Researchers have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production. The new technique, pioneered...

Scientists find path to ‘new blue’ in meteorite minerals

An Oregon State University scientist who made history a decade ago with the accidental discovery of the first new blue inorganic pigment in more...

Warmer temperatures could increase arsenic levels in rice

People around the world consume rice in their daily diets. But in addition to its nutrient and caloric content, rice can contain small amounts of...

Scientists take big step towards making the perfect head of beer

Drinkers will soon be cheering all the way to the bar thanks to a team of scientists who have taken a big step forward...

Scientists create new biodegradable adhesive

Most adhesives today are made of plastic, but BU chemists hope a new biodegradable alternative will provide a more environmentally friendly option. Boston University professor...

This self-cleaning surface could repel even the deadliest superbugs

A new wrap repels everything that comes into contact with it, including viruses and bacteria. A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a...

Can you cryogenically freeze your body and come back to life?

When you die, many things can be done with your body –– embalming, cremation, donation to science and so on. But some people will choose...

Scientists convert plastics into useful chemicals using sunlight

Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight. In lab...

Pear shaped nuclei solve a nuclear fission mystery

Things go pear-shaped when you split the atom, nuclear physicists have found. Researchers from Australia and Japan found that when atoms split, in the process...

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Harvard scientists confirm an important cause of grey hair

When Marie Antoinette was captured during the French Revolution, her hair reportedly turned white overnight. In more recent history, John McCain experienced severe injuries as...

Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...

This study finds a new cause of autism

Autism affects 1 in 59 children and is 4 times more common in boys than in girls, and it is a developmental disorder. People with...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This walking exercise can make older people healthy and fit

In a recent study from Shinshu University in Japan, researchers found an effective way to increase overall fitness and decrease lifestyle-related disease (LSD) through...