Metal-Air Scavengers Powering Tiny Robots

The smaller the robot, the harder it is to carry a fuel source around. That’s where these metal-air scavengers come in. Powered by oxidizing a metal surface, they could be a useful power source for the tiny robots of the future.

Seeing the Invisible

Ever wondered how scientists know what is going on inside a cell, or how you could design a chemical probe to tell you more? There’s a lot of things to consider, find out more here.

The Chemistry Behind Bushfires

The current Australian bushfire season has been worse than any seen before. The causes are complex, but chemistry can be used to help fight the disaster.

Identifying the Molecular Mechanism of a Targeted Cancer Therapeutic Lead Compound

Molecules that target specific aspects of cancer biology are of great interest due to the improved efficacy and reduced side effects for patients relative to chemotherapy. Scientists have identified many compounds that can selectively kill cancer cells, but it is not yet understood how most of them work. Here, Madhusudhan and coauthors have used chemical probes and mass spectrometry to identify the targets of potential new targeted lung cancer therapies against a protein complex in the mitochondria. This complex currently has no approved targeted therapies against it, making it an exciting prospect for a whole new class of anticancer agents.

With a renewed interest in psilocybin — the psychedelic substance present in magic mushrooms — by the medical community, the Weng group at MIT sets up to study one of the enzymes that makes it.