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Scientists find a simpler way to make some medicines

Chemists find a new way of creating the building blocks of many drugs. Organic chemists at Ohio State University have figured out how to synthesize...

Scientists find a cheaper way to produce hydrogen

Replacing today's expensive catalysts could bring down the cost of producing the gas for fuel, fertilizer and clean energy storage. Researchers at the Department of...

NAZI scientists created an alternative to DDT pesticide

DFDT, a fast-acting insecticide, has an alarming history, researchers report. “We set out to study the growth of crystals in a little-known insecticide and uncovered...

Scientists rediscover fast-acting German insecticide lost in the aftermath of WWII

Fluoridated DDT swiftly kills disease-carrying mosquitoes, which may lower its environmental impact -- but its history is alarming. A new study in the Journal of...

Scientists detect rare ‘Lazarus superconductivity’ in rediscovered material

Scientists have observed a rare phenomenon called re-entrant superconductivity in the material uranium ditelluride. Nicknamed "Lazarus superconductivity," the phenomenon occurs when a superconducting state arises,...

Why some greens turn brown in historical paintings

Enticed by the brilliant green hues of copper acetate and copper resinate, some painters in the Renaissance period incorporated these pigments into their masterpieces. However,...

Can Google help you get the stains out

Stained your shirt but don’t have time for a spin cycle? Your first impulse is probably to whip out your phone and start Googling. But how...

Scientists find the “magic angle” to create new superconductor

Researchers at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with scientists around the world, have made a discovery that could provide new insights into how...

Scientists create the world’s strongest silver ever

A team of scientists has made the strongest silver ever—42 percent stronger than the previous world record. But that’s not the important point. “We’ve discovered...

Scientists find harmful metals in vapors from tank-style e-cigarettes

In a new study, researchers found the concentration of metals in electronic cigarette aerosols—or vapor—has increased since tank-style electronic cigarettes were introduced in 2013. The...