Chemistry

How your contact lenses could hurt the environment

Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don't last forever -- some are intended for a single day's...
Sulfurization of organic material is faster than we thought

Sulfurization of organic material is faster than we thought

New study is changing our understanding of the carbon cycle About 94 million years ago, something happened that led to an unusually high amount of...

These toxic metals linked to higher risk of heart disease

In a recent study, researchers find exposure to lead, copper, cadmium and arsenic is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary...

Energy startup converts CO2 into fuel by just adding sunlight

A ruinous, atmospheric greenhouse gas may soon get a public relations makeover, as Cornell startup Dimensional Energy has developed a way to add sunlight...

From breast implants to ice cube trays: How silicone took over our kitchens

One of my ice cube trays is a small, yellow novelty tray that, when placed in the freezer, molds water into little duck-shaped pieces...

Scientists 3D print prototype for ‘bionic eye’ for the first time

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a...

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...