Chemistry

Coconut oil compounds repel insects better than DEET

Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Using repellents...

Jackfruit seed flour could replace cocoa powder to make cappuccino

Cappuccino made with jackfruit seed flour has chocolate aroma Cappuccino made with jackfruit instead of cocoa powder. According to a new study, roasted jackfruit seeds can...

Do astronauts need sunscreen?

How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? Space is full of potentially dangerous radiation. Here on Earth, our atmosphere and magnetic field protect...

A new-to-us mineral may help immobilize nuclear waste

A new mineral has been isolated from a sample of igneous rock in central Madagascar. Reto Gieré, a professor and chair of the Department of...

Wood sponge could soak up oil from water and be squeezed out for reuse

Oil spills and industrial discharge can contaminate water with greasy substances. Although it's true that oil and water don't mix, separating and recovering each component...

Some planetary systems just aren’t into heavy metal

Small planetary systems with multiple planets are not fans of heavy metal -- think iron, not Iron Maiden -- according to a new Yale...
How to catch fruit flies if you want

How to catch fruit flies if you want?

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar -- or can you? In this video, Reactions explains the chemistry behind why fruit flies...

Carbon fiber could store energy in the body of a vehicle directly

A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibers can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up...
Green tea compound could help siRNA slip inside cells

Green tea compound could help siRNA slip inside cells

Drinking green tea has been linked to health benefits ranging from cardiovascular disease prevention to weight loss. Although many of these claims still need to...

Why do we explore?

Throughout history, humankind has shared an innate trait – the desire to explore. Prehistoric men and women may have stood curiously at the opening to...