Fishing for bacteria with gold and DNA

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.

Making a Rainbow with Water Drops!

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!

The molecule that folds by itself

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!

Using Polymer Coatings to Change how Bacteria Move

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,…

Is Sweat Up To Batt?: Sweat as a Power Source for Screening

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…

The Roadmap to Polymer Modelling

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!

Improving known chemistry through biocatalysis

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.