Chemistry

This bright blue dye could power batteries

A sapphire-colored dye called methylene blue is a common ingredient in wastewater from textile mills. But University at Buffalo scientists think it may be possible...

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of helium’s discovery – why we need it more than...

Watching helium gas lift balloons into the air is a lot of fun – or perhaps a tragedy if that balloon belonged to a...

Scientists unravel titanium dioxide’s self-cleaning secret

Titanium dioxide is one of several minerals that are self-cleaning. They use energy from the sun to convert any “schmutz” that lands on their surface...
New material can transform into pre-programmed shapes using heat and light

New material can transform into pre-programmed shapes using heat and light

A new material developed by University of Colorado Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli. This allows a literal...

This is the world’s cleanest water droplet

In nature there is no such thing as a truly clean surface. Contact with normal air is sufficient to coat any material with a thin...

Scientists discover new properties of water (H2O)

A team of scientists has uncovered new molecular properties of water—a discovery of a phenomenon that had previously gone unnoticed. A team of scientists has...

Next-gen insect repellents to combat mosquito-borne diseases

Nearly 700 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases -- such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever -- each year, resulting in more...

Scientists develop a paper battery powered by bacteria

In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in...

Scientists develop the most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world

If you're ever unlucky enough to have a car with metal tires, you might consider a set made from a new alloy engineered at...

Hydrogen is the simplest element in the universe, but that simplicity is deceptive

Under pressure, hydrogen offers a reflection of giant planet interiors Lab-based mimicry allowed physicists to probe hydrogen under the conditions found in the interiors of...