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Five-cent chemistry: replacing noble metals with nickel

Five-cent chemistry: replacing noble metals with nickel

New nickel-based chemistry condenses chemical synthesis into fewer steps, provides alternative to expensive metal catalysts Chemical synthesis can transform commodity chemicals into complex life-saving drugs,...
Lost lithium destroyed by ancient stars

Lost lithium destroyed by ancient stars

Lithium, the lightest metal, used in batteries and mood-stabilizing drugs, is rarer than it should be. Models of the period after the Big Bang explain how...
Lifting the veil on Queen of Sheba's perfume

Lifting the veil on Queen of Sheba’s perfume

It is one of the oldest fragrances in the world. Nicolas Baldovini's team at the Institut de chimie de Nice (CNRS/UNS) has just discovered the...
Do you burn more fat in the cold

Do you burn more fat in the cold?

With the holidays in full swing, all of those feasts and festivities can lead to a few extra pounds. But the winter season also brings...
BPA in Canned Dog Food Causes Changes in Microbiota

Bisphenol A in canned dog food may increase BPA concentrations in pets

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins used to line metal storage containers, such as...
Are we running out of vanilla?

Are we running out of vanilla?

Vanilla is more than a standby ice cream flavor. It's used to flavor approximately 18,000 food products worldwide and in nearly every sweet you can...
An informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer products

An informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer products

By using products such as soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste and makeup, the average consumer may be exposed to dozens of chemicals each day. It's...
New diamond harder than ring bling

New diamond harder than ring bling, cuts through ultra-solid materials

The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international project to make a diamond that's predicted to be harder than a jeweller's diamond and...
Tasting Garlic... with Your Feet

Tasting garlic… with your feet!? Weird food chemistry tricks

Did you know you can "taste" garlic with your feet? Or that chocolate can instantly dissolve that wad of gum in your mouth? Or that nose...
New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel

A cleaner, more efficient car? New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel

A Florida State University researcher has designed new materials that could be used to store hydrogen fuel more efficiently in vehicles or other devices...