Chemistry

This backpack could power electronics by harvesting energy from walking

Hikers, soldiers and school children all know the burden of a heavy backpack. But now, researchers have developed a prototype that not only makes loads...

The best style and fabrics for COVID-19 face masks

In a new study, researchers found that in the race to stop the spread of COVID-19, a three-layer cloth mask that fits well can...

A little soap simplifies making 2D nanoflakes

Just a little soap helps clean up the challenging process of preparing two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). Rice University chemists have found a way to...

New technique builds super-hard metals from nanoparticles

This gold "coin" was made from nanoparticle building blocks, thanks to a new technique developed by Brown University researchers. Metallurgists have all kinds of ways...

Where did Earth’s nitrogen come from?

New study reveals two distinct sources of life-essential element on Earth. Where did Earth's nitrogen come from? Rice University scientists show one primordial source of the...

Scientists create new form of cultivated meat

McMaster researchers have developed a new form of cultivated meat using a method that promises more natural flavour and texture than other alternatives to...

Diamonds are a cell’s best friend, shows study

Scientists have used tiny diamonds, or nanodiamonds, to measure heat transfer inside living cells, potentially leading to new diagnostic tools and therapies for cancer. Associate...

This stuff may drive flu, pneumonia and COVID-19 death rates

In a new study, researchers found that high levels of cadmium, a chemical found in cigarettes and in contaminated vegetables, are associated with higher...

These chemicals in living room may cause diabetes

PBDEs are common household chemicals added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires. They get released into the air people breathe at home, in...

‘Swiss Army knife’ catalyst can make natural gas burn cleaner

Natural gas is the cleanest traditional fossil fuel source because it produces relatively low amounts of pollutants like carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse...