Chemistry

Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency

Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency

Researchers examining the flow of electricity through semiconductors have uncovered another reason these materials seem to lose their ability to carry a charge as...
How rubber makes sports possible

How rubber makes sports possible

Sports balls of all varieties owe their resilience and reliability to an unusual polymer -- one whose derivatives and spinoffs are everywhere you look,...
What the world’s tiniest ‘monster truck’ reveals

What the world’s tiniest ‘monster truck’ reveals

The world’s shortest race by distance — a fraction of the width of a human hair — was run on gold and silver tracks,...
Avocado seed husks could be a gold mine of medicinal and industrial compounds

Avocado seed husks could be a gold mine of medicinal and industrial compounds

The least appreciated part of an avocado could soon undergo a trash-to-treasure transformation. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists report that avocado seed husks, which are...
Researchers Discover New Class of Chemical Reaction

Columbia researchers discover new class of chemical reaction

Finding opens door to innumerable possibilities, from the design of new types of engines to understanding the planetary chemistry responsible for cloud formations, climate...
Oil and water may mix if conditions are right

Oil and water may mix if conditions are right

They say that oil and water do not mix ... but now scientists have discovered that - under certain circumstances - it may be...
Smart label could one day let you know when to toss food and cosmetics

Smart label could one day let you know when to toss food and cosmetics

Detecting food and cosmetic spoilage and contamination. Identifying new medicinal plants in a remote jungle. Authenticating tea and wine. Scientists have developed a low-cost, portable, paper-based...
Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Molten lava, volcanic ash, modern grime, salt, humidity. The ancient painting of a Roman woman has been through it all, and it looks like it. Scientists...
Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Toxicology’s founding father, Paracelsus, is famous for proclaiming that “the dose makes the poison.” This phrase represents a pillar of traditional toxicology: Essentially, chemicals...
Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel

Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel

Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and...