Chemistry

This chili-shaped device could reveal how hot a pepper is

Some people love spicy food -- the hotter, the better. Others go out of their way to avoid the palate-singeing burn of capsaicin, the compound...

Scientists find at least seven vaporized metals in this exoplanet

WASP-121b is an exoplanet located 850 light years from Earth, orbiting its star in less than two days - a process that takes Earth...

Scientists find way to turn diamond into metal

Long known as the hardest of all natural materials, diamonds are also exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators. Now, researchers have discovered a way to...

Scientists find new way to create colloidal diamonds

The colloidal diamond has been a dream of researchers since the 1990s. These structures -- stable, self-assembled formations of miniscule materials -- have the potential...

Scientists find low-cost materials that could boost lithium-ion batteries

Stanford University scientists have identified a new class of solid materials that could replace flammable liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries. The low-cost materials—made of lithium,...

Scientists discover a new type of superconductor

Until now, the history of superconducting materials has been a tale of two types: s-wave and d-wave. Now, Cornell researchers - led by Brad Ramshaw,...

Scientists find new way to convert CO2 into ethylene

A research team from Caltech and the UCLA has demonstrated a promising way to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into ethylene -- an important chemical...

New plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new plant-based supercapacitor could, in the near future, charge devices—even electric cars—within a few minutes, researchers report. The researchers say their energy storage devices...

Carbon-rich exoplanets could be made of diamonds, says study

As missions like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, TESS and Kepler continue to provide insights into the properties of exoplanets (planets around other stars), scientists...

We love our blue jeans, but they have a massive water footprint

The fact that blue jeans typically need only a passing acquaintance with the washing machine has always been a point in their favor. But even...