Biochemists employ genetic modification in microbial systems to produce novel antibiotics.
Using biodegradable and compostable plastic bags seems like a no-brainer for helping the environment. But how well does this plastic actually get broken down after three years?
An octopus-shaped robot made completely of soft plastics – no metals – can move around autonomously, promising to revolutionize the field of robotics.
Nanomedicines – which use tiny, tiny particles to treat illnesses – are extremely useful. They could allow doctors to deliver cancer drugs right to a tumor. But what happens to these nanomedicines in the body after their job is done?
3D printing is already an incredibly futuristic technology. But now there’s a new step beyond that: 4D printing! Let’s learn about a new material that can be 3D printed and change over time, even healing itself when it’s damaged!
Using a novel data analytics approach, researchers are now able to predict over 23,000 new stable perovskite structures. These new structures can enable technologies including solar absorbers, ferroelectric materials, and superconductors!
The work described here enhances the operational time of a biological protein based photovoltaic device up to 4 hrs with a loss of only 20% efficiency in the absence of O2, by employing a suitable electron carrier molecule known as ubiquinone. Hence this work can indeed be an inspiration for the future design of photovoltaic devices as well as organic solar cells.
Find out how small chemical probes are used to selectively target an important protein-degrading macrostructure known as the immunoproteasome.
This “nanoOctopus” has tentacles to capture cancer cells in blood samples. Learn how these mollusk-inspired devices work!
Your stomach uses acid to digest your food. Does a single cell digest nutrients using acid as well? This new fluorescent protein can show you.
With smart phones, smart TVs and many other smart devices, there are many new ways to keep track of things. In this paper, dye coated thread is used in tandem with smart phones for colorimetric gas sensing.
Scientists develop artificial skin from biodegradable materials that can differentiate between motions at small and large scales.
Quantum computers are seen as the next big leap in computer technology. Take a look at the potential of using molecules for quantum computers.
What happens when you bring DNA strands, gold nanoparticles, conformation-induced color changes, and a highly-intrusive bacterium together? A field-portable, inexpensive test for one of the world’s greatest bacterial threats, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Beautiful colors are all around us in nature. But how do we recreate all these colors in the lab without complicated dyes and pigments? Let’s learn about a new way to observe colors using only light and tiny droplets!
Want to light up Niagara Falls for St. Patrick’s Day? Green LEDs, the most efficient source of light, aren’t easy to make – but new perovskite materials may change that.
Folding a paper maybe easy, but folding a molecule is much more complicated. Yet, our mother nature is filled with such complicated chemistry. This article will explore scientists’ attempt to develop new folded molecules, not with many sophisticated molecules but simply with a single building block!
Learn about a new discovery that can convert carbon dioxide to solid carbon in an energy efficient reaction!
This work has shown how to control the growth of a single facet in a material by employing a highly ordered metal-organic framework such as ZIF-67 to increase the desired reactivity, selectivity and longevity of that material.
A group from Maryland University developed a fabric that can be used to regulate heat exchange with the environment.
Psilocybin is notorious for its use as a hallucinogenic drug but is currently gaining terrain in the therapeutic field. Parts of its biosynthesis have remained elusive, however. Learn how labs at MIT are using enzymology to uncover them.