Topic: Chemistry

November 17, 2015 Earth’s Water Origins - Lava found deep below the earth reveals the origins of earth’s water.
October 29, 2015 Gene Swapping Cheese Fungus - How the genes in cheese fungus get around.
October 21, 2015 Buzzing Bees - Plants turn honeybees into caffeine addicts.
October 20, 2015 First Life - Life on earth may have emerged even earlier than previously thought.
October 7, 2015 Safer Jet Fuels - Researchers have designed a new jet fuel additive that could stop out-of-control fires.
September 21, 2015 MS and Melatonin - Melatonin could explain why MS symptoms change with the seasons.
September 17, 2015 Suburban Frogs - Genetically male tadpoles could be turning into female frogs because of the plants in your own backyard.
September 11, 2015 Toxin Sensing Sea Slugs - A sea slug co-opts a seaweed’s chemical defenses and its ability to harvest energy from the sun.
September 8, 2015 Cleaning Up TNT - Plants can help remove explosive toxins from land surrounding military sites and conflict zones.
September 4, 2015 Self-Medicating Ants - When infected with a fungus, ants know how to get their medicine and how much to take.
August 28, 2015 Beating Bitterness - How do certain foods banish the bitter aftertaste of some medications?
August 21, 2015 DNA Data Storage - Is DNA the answer to our data storage limitations?
August 20, 2015 The Drinkable Book - A book that purifies water could help reduce waterborne illnesses in developing countries.
August 3, 2015 Comet Chemistry - Comet 67P offers a window into the early solar system, and harbors organic compounds that may have provided building blocks for life on earth.
May 19, 2015 Fish Ears - Can a fish’s ears tell its life story?
May 7, 2015 Bombardier Beetle Engineering - The secret behind a beetle’s ability to shoot rapid pulses of high temperature toxins.
April 10, 2015 Targeting Glycans - Understanding cells’ sugar coating could drive the development of new drugs and therapies.
April 6, 2015 Mining Sewage - Is sewage worth mining for gold?
April 3, 2015 Sniffing Out Malaria - Malaria parasites use insect-attracting odors to lure mosquitoes.
March 20, 2015 Glowing Mushrooms - Scientists solve the puzzle of why some mushrooms glow in the dark.
March 19, 2015 Do-It-Yourself Molecules - A new molecule-making machine is like a 3-D printer for chemistry.
March 14, 2015 LIFE ON THE EDGE - LIFE ON THE EDGE (Encore Presentation) - The challenges facing endangered California Condors when they return to the wild. Could armadillos help end blindness? How scientists can tell that sharks really are what they eat. Fuel from the sea. And, unraveling the mysteries of glowing blue slime.
February 5, 2015 Science or Nonsense? - ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?
Scorpion Medicine - Toxins from scorpions could lead to new drugs for neuromuscular disorders and cardiovascular disease.
February 3, 2015 Science News Roundup - A roundup of science news stories including making ethanol from nitrogen out of thin air, and an uptick in mercury levels in tuna.
January 27, 2015 Rubber Ducky Comet - The Rosetta spacecraft currently orbits Comet 67P. Its uncanny resemblance to a child’s rubber ducky toy produces seasons which affect its thin atmosphere.
January 22, 2015 Radon Exposure - The chemical radon causes lung cancer, and it’s found in many homes. Fortunately, it’s easy to test for and remove.
December 16, 2014 Ocean Plastics - Scientists are getting a better handle on how much plastic we put into the oceans, and what effects it’s having.
December 4, 2014 Ocean Chemicals - The U.S. has banned some fire retardants because of their toxicity. But the same chemicals are also produced naturally by marine life.
November 28, 2014 Urban Dolphins - California's coastal bottlenose dolphins harbor contaminants in their blubber.
October 15, 2014 Fruit Flies & Beer - Beer owes its distinctive aroma to fruit flies.
September 24, 2014 Changing Foliage - Climate change may affect fall foliage in many different ways.
September 23, 2014 Smelly T-Shirts - How stinky your workout shirt will become depends on what it's made of.
September 3, 2014 Sniffing Out Reefs - Saving degraded coral reefs may be difficult, because juvenile corals and fish won't return to them.
August 12, 2014 Anti-Cancer Venom - Researchers are developing a technique to attack cancer cells with animal venoms.
July 16, 2014 Malaria Odor - The malaria parasite may make its host extra-appetizing to mosquitoes, just when the contagion risk is highest.
July 14, 2014 Toxic Microplastics - Plastics in the ocean soak up toxins, and could harm sea life.
July 7, 2014 Dead Ants & Wasp Nests - Bone house wasps place dead ants in their nests to ward off predators and parasites.
July 4, 2014 Moth Scent Detection - Odor pollution could impede moths’ abilities to pollinate flowers.
May 30, 2014 Chitosan Plastic - A biodegradable plastic isolated from shrimp shells could help curb a huge environmental problem.
May 14, 2014 Plastic Regeneration - One day, plastics in many a variety of products may repair themselves.
May 2, 2014 Ocean Chemicals - The U.S. has banned some fire retardants because of their toxicity. But the same chemicals are also produced naturally by marine life.
April 29, 2014 Fish on Acid - Fish in acidified waters exhibit strange and often reckless behaviors.
April 23, 2014 Clean Air Act Success - Samples from Greenland's ice cores suggest that the U.S. Clean Air Act has helped curtail acid rain.
April 17, 2014 Urban Dolphins - California's coastal bottlenose dolphins harbor contaminants in their blubber.
March 26, 2014 Odor Discrimination - The human nose may be capable of distinguishing one trillion unique odors.
March 18, 2014 Diet, Diabetes & Dementia - A common compound in the Western diet may contribute to both diabetes and dementia.
February 25, 2014 ENCORE PRESENTATION - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY (Encore Presentation) - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.
February 3, 2014 Peanut Acclimation - An experimental therapy to control peanut allergies may induce genetic changes in the immune system.
January 27, 2014 Turkey Skin Sensor - A new chemical sensor was inspired by turkey skin's color changing properties.