Topic: Chemistry

August 22, 2018 Gut Microbes & Universal Blood - Can gut bacteria enzymes make everyone a universal blood donor?
July 10, 2018 Lego Nerve Gas Detector - Chemists design a mobile, affordable nerve gas detector out of Lego bricks.
June 11, 2018 Pollution, Fungi, and Trees - Pollution could be short-circuiting a mutualistic relationship between trees and fungi.
June 7, 2018 Bombardier Beetle Engineering - The secret behind a beetle’s ability to shoot rapid pulses of high temperature toxins.
May 23, 2018 Malaria Odor - Distinctive odor compounds may help doctors find out who is infected with malaria.
March 22, 2018 Healthier Smoke - A new filter keeps carcinogens out of smoked foods.
March 21, 2018 Fire Water - Wildfires are making it harder for water treatment facilities to meet drinking water standards.
March 15, 2018 Wasabi vs. Chili Peppers - A listener asks: Why does wasabi's kick disappear so quickly while the heat of chili peppers can last much longer?
February 13, 2018 Indoor Air - Scientists are only starting to understand the complex chemistry of our indoor spaces.
January 24, 2018 Why Are Plants Green? - The dominance of green chlorophyll on Earth may have come after a more purple period.
December 5, 2017 Nano-Distilling Seawater - Turning saltwater to drinking water with sunlight.
August 23, 2017 Space Plastic - Astronauts’ replacement tools could come from an unconventional source.
July 13, 2017 Artificial Dye Safety - Some people argue that food dyes are harmful to human health, but do decades of safety research back up these allegations?
April 26, 2017 The Amino Acids of Life - How did the proteins forming life on earth come to be formed from just twenty of the the many possible amino acids available?
April 21, 2017 Oxygen-Deprived Mole-rats - An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.
April 11, 2017 Salty Lakes - Road salt is slowly turning many northern lakes and streams salty.
April 10, 2017 Long-Lasting Sunscreen - It’s annoying to have to reapply sunscreens throughout the day, and researchers are working on longer-lasting versions.
April 3, 2017 Mobile Plastic Fuel - Mobile power reactors could turn plastic garbage into gasoline and diesel fuel.
March 30, 2017 Cryo-Recycling - Icy temperatures may be the key to recycling unwanted technology.
March 7, 2017 Saliva Communication - How sensors in the mouth help orchestrate digestion and metabolism.
March 6, 2017 The Mpemba Effect - A strange phenomenon of freezing water has baffled scientists for decades.
March 1, 2017 Seagrass Fights Disease - Underwater seagrass meadows combat disease.
February 23, 2017 Avoiding Arsenic - Some plants can rid themselves of toxins like arsenic.
February 10, 2017 Testing for Pesticides - Computer modeling may reveal which pesticides post long-term risks.
February 7, 2017 Coal Vent Bacteria - Scientists discover useful biomedical compounds above a smoldering inferno.
January 27, 2017 Crowd-sourcing Better Tomatoes - Researchers turn to panels of taste testers to identify key flavor chemicals lost during the past 100 years of commercial tomato breeding.
December 27, 2016 Plant Drug Factories - Stressing out plant cells can coax them into revealing medically-useful chemistry.
December 20, 2016 Deep Diamonds - The world’s biggest diamonds are helping scientists uncover the secrets of earth’s deep mantle.
December 15, 2016 Designer Cement - What microscopic crystalline shapes yield the strongest, most durable cement?
December 14, 2016 Carbon Monoxide Antidote - Researchers develop the first fast-acting antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning.
December 5, 2016 Artificial Dog Nose - Researchers reverse engineer one of nature’s greatest sniffers.
December 2, 2016 Fruit Flies & Beer - Beer owes its distinctive aroma to fruit flies.
November 9, 2016 Transdermal Drug Delivery - Cold plasma may open up the skin to no-needle drug delivery.
November 8, 2016 Ivory Forensics - Chemical analysis of poached ivory reveals that elephant slaughter is massive and recent.
October 4, 2016 Genetically Modified Odors - Scientists modify microbes to produce some unusual fragrances.
September 29, 2016 Raindrop Fossils - Raindrop impressions, preserved for 2.7 billion years, reveal clues about the early Earth's climate.
September 20, 2016 Tooth Enamel - A 3D map of the structure of tooth enamel may help scientists protect it, and even imitate it.
August 26, 2016 Fungi Battery Recycling - Developing fungi that help to recycle old batteries.
August 25, 2016 Tree Ring Clocks - Spikes in radiation caused by historic solar flares could help archaeologists precisely date ancient events.
July 7, 2016 Cold Organic Molecules - Scientists propose a chilly start to the molecules that form the basis of all life.
July 4, 2016 Helium Reserves - A new discovery in Africa may ease concerns about a global helium shortage.
June 27, 2016 Better Shampoo Bottles - Materials scientists develop a way to easily remove excess shampoo, conditioner, and laundry detergent from plastic bottles.
June 16, 2016 Glowing Slime - Glowing blue slime from the sea could be useful in biomedical research.
April 6, 2016 Pluto’s Surfaces - New research reveals that frozen nitrogen flows across the surface of Pluto.
March 24, 2016 Cactus Water Filter - The drought-defying interior of the prickly pear cactus holds a secret to purifying water.
March 23, 2016 Pluto’s Big Discoveries - A trickle of data from the New Horizons spacecraft is building into a flood of new findings.
March 16, 2016 Tomato Power - Scientists are isolating and synthesizing the chemical compounds that make hops bitter, and studying their medicinal properties.
March 15, 2016 Insect Wings & Vision - Futuristic eye implants could fight microbes with structures that mimic the bacteria ­busting wings of insects.
March 1, 2016 Why Are Plants Green? - The dominance of green chlorophyll on Earth may have come after a more purple period.
January 21, 2016 New Elements - The discovery of four new short-lived elements may be bringing scientists closer to creating new heavy elements with staying power.