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How water actually works?

Water is weird… really weird. We’re gonna dive into the controversial chemistry and heated debates around the science of what gives water it’s super unusual...

Tire dumps and aging mattresses may soon be relics of the past

Despite research and policy efforts, recycling initiatives have skidded on more complex materials like tires and mattresses, filling dumps and natural land across the...

Scientists find greener way to clean wastewater treatment filters

Membrane filters don’t require much energy to purify water, making them popular for wastewater treatment. To keep these materials in tip-top condition, they’re commonly cleaned...

This toxic gas provides almost all of our food

Anhydrous ammonia can cause headline-grabbing disasters, but it’s also responsible for 50% of the food on your table. It all boils down to nitrogen, and...

Scientists find simple way to create flexible diamonds

As hard as diamond and as flexible as plastic, highly sought-after diamond nanothreads would be poised to revolutionize our world—if they weren’t so difficult...

This cheap catalyst could speed the production of oxygen from water

The material could replace rare metals and lead to more economical production of carbon-neutral fuels. An electrochemical reaction that splits apart water molecules to produce...

Scientists create new super stretchable and tough materials

Researchers have created new materials that are very stretchable and extremely tough. “Materials that can be deformed, but that are difficult to break or tear,...

Psyche, the iron giant of asteroids, may be less heavy metal, more hard rock

The asteroid 16 Psyche, which NASA intends to visit with a spacecraft in 2026, may be less heavy metal and more hard rock than...

What actually is octane?

Do you fill your tank up with premium gas? The American Automobile Association estimates that Americans waste $2 BILLION a year buying premium gas...

This plant-derived composite is tough as bone and hard as aluminum

The strongest part of a tree lies not in its trunk or its sprawling roots, but in the walls of its microscopic cells. A single...