Can light break down antibiotics?

The antibiotics we take are beginning to build up in the environment. Researchers are beginning to look into different ways of removing those antibiotics, and subsequently reducing the harm to our environment, with varying degrees of success.

Targeting a myosin motor to treat malaria

Malaria is one of the world’s oldest known diseases. In the second century, Romans were advised to wear amulets to protect themselves against the mal aria, or “bad air.” Unsurprisingly, this was ineffective against the surrounding wetlands that were infested with mosquitoes – mosquitoes that we…

What captures carbon?

What technology is currently in use to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? What technologies lie ahead to help us catch up to our emissions?

Measuring Pollutants in Urban River Sediments

Title: Organophosphate Diesters in Urban River Sediment from SouthChina: Call for More Research on Their Occurrence and Fate in FieldEnvironment Authors: Chan Liang, Bo Peng, Gao-Ling Wei, Yanyan Gong, Guoqiang Liu, Lixi Zeng, Liang-Ying Liu, and Eddy Y. Zeng Journal: ACS EST Water 2021, 1, 4, 871–880 Organophosphate triesters are used as flame retardants, as well as…

Drying droplets could have been compartments during the origin of life

Primary source information: Title: Impact of wet-dry cycling on the phase behavior and compartmentalization properties of complex coacervates Authors: Hadi M. Fares, Alexander E. Marras, Jeffrey M. Ting, Matthew V. Tirrell, and Christine D. Keating. Journal: Nat Commun 11, 5423 (2020) Think about combining oil and…

Are there more chemicals in e-liquid than what’s listed on the cartridge?

Usually e-liquid has 4 ingredients listed – propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine, and flavoring. However, the ingredients at the time of manufacturing do not necessarily reflect what you inhale in the aerosol. The ingredients can degrade to aldehyde products, which are highly reactive and may cause toxic outcomes for our cells.