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.
Black phosphorus is an exciting new material to study for it’s potential use in electronics. Take a look at this work unravelling the properties of black phosphorus.
This new pH test can measure pH at extremely acidic and alkaline environments, expanding the range of traditional litmus test strips.
Researchers tailored the self-assembled nanostructures from polypeptides with accurate control depending on solvent polarity.
Featured Image: Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Courtesy: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Title: Mechanical Properties and Concentrations of Poly(ethylene glycol) in Hydrogels and Brushes Direct the Surface Transport of Staphylococcus aureus Authors: K. W. Kolewe, S. Kalasin, M. Shave, J. D. Schiffman,…
What happens if an airplane flies through a hailstorm – or a construction worker is hit by falling debris? Protective equipment that can safely dissipate impacts can save lives. Lace-like structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) might be a surprising new material for just this.
In this technological era, wearable health monitoring devices have seen a significant uptick in recent years. The use of such devices is important in the detection of existing conditions, identifying markers that may indicate an increased risk for certain conditions, or performance monitoring in sports. In…
Computation could offer valuable insights to chemistry. But how do chemists ensure the simulations are valid and realistic? This chembite will give you a roadmap of chemical simulations!
Reductive amination is the to-go method to make diverse amines we learn in undergraduate chemistry, but it has its set of limitations. Learn how researchers are trying to address these challenges and make the reaction greener through the power of protein enzymes.