Chemistry

Uranium in mine dust could dissolve in human lungs

New Mexico contains hundreds of historic uranium mines. Although active uranium mining in the state has ceased, rates of cardiovascular and metabolic disease remain high...

New traffic rules in ‘Graphene City’

Topological control of electrons means future electronic roadways are now possible. In the drive to find new ways to extend electronics beyond the use of...

3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

Materials scientists have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded...

A microbe’s membrane helps it survive extreme environments

Scientists discovered a protein that modifies a microbe’s membrane and helps it survive in hot, acidic environments, proving a long-standing hypothesis that these structures...
Scientists discover possible mantle mineral

Scientists discover possible mantle mineral

Scientists long believed that the lower mantle was composed of Bridgmanite (Mg,Fe)SiO3 and magnesiowüstite (Mg,Fe)O, in which Fe2+ dwells. This view changed when experiments showed...
2D materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

2D materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

A new collaborative study could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes and tissues, and open up better production methods for new...

Scientists develop easy-to-make rewritable paper

Even in this digital age, paper is still everywhere. Often, printed materials get used once and are then discarded, creating waste and potentially pollution. Now, scientists...

New study unlocks full potential of ‘supermaterial’ graphene

New study reveals why the "supermaterial" graphene has not transformed electronics as promised, and shows how to double its performance and finally harness its...

Light triggers gold nanoparticles in unexpected way

Rice University researchers have discovered a fundamentally different form of light-matter interaction in their experiments with gold nanoparticles. They weren't looking for it, but students...

What’s the difference between relative humidity and dew point?

Meteorologists often report the amount of moisture in the air as relative humidity or dew point. These measures can be confusing to people who are...