A traditional medicinal plant from Southeast Asia called kratom has been hailed as a potential new tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic. But what is the active ingredient, and is it potentially dangerous? Read on to learn the latest pharmacological research.
Can we judge whether crops have pesticide without detecting the pesticide directly? Let’s check out how researchers come up with alternatives for pesticide residue detection!
Boosting the performance of new solar panel technologies is a goal researchers around the world seek to enable clean energy. Read how a team of 25 researchers achieve this with new materials!
Scientists genetically modify bacteria to overproduce uncommon antibiotics, revealing information on how bacteria regulate and modify its metabolites.
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 the world’s greatest bacterial threats.
Microbial systems can be a great way to make complicated products that are useful to humans. However, because the pathways to make these products involve multiple steps and can be very complex, sometimes it’s just too difficult for one species to accomplish on its own. But working as a team with another species of microbe can have its own problems. How can researchers decide which way is best?
How do scientists fight back against drug resistance? Today’s Chembite focuses on promising developments with antibiotics using “trojan horse” tactics to trick bacteria!
Gold is one of the most important metals since it’s used in electronics. Let’s learn from Charlie about a new material than can help recycle gold from discarded devices!
Graphene: the thinnest, strongest and most flexible material on earth. When it was first discovered in 2004 we were promised technology like solar cells, flexible electronics, superconductors and faster semiconductors. But it’s now nearly 15 years since the discovery of graphene, and it hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype. Recently, researchers discovered the key to unlocking graphene’s full potential.
Amino acids were found in the Atlantis Massif, under the ocean floor. Is their non-biological synthesis the origin of life?
Four billion years ago the Earth cooled, cyanobacteria gave us our oxygen-rich atmosphere, and your ribosomes started synthesizing proteins!
Ever wondered how researchers are making solar energy conversion more efficient and affordable? In this article, learn about nanoscale architectural designs assisting in trapping and managing light for better solar efficiency!
Proteins bear a staggering collection of small chemical modifications that have large effects on their function. This research provides an elegant method to study cysteine sulfinylation, a chemical mark that has proven to be pretty elusive.
Fundamental research may help us build tiny electronics – let’s return to Chemistry 101 and learn about van der Waals forces!
Learn about new discoveries into how plants and animals sense the world around them on a microscopic level!
We might have heard that antioxidants are good for our health. They help us to fight against oxidizing agents in our body and help us to stay young!
Recently, researchers have made a new breakthrough to help us fight against the oxides even with the inactive zinc!
When we hurt our elbow, we seek the help of an X-ray scan to check whether there is any bone fracture. But what if we want to visualize the inside of materials? Today’s post is a guest post contributed from ComSciCon participant – Chiung-Wei Huang.
What’s in a screen? It might be tiny particles called quantum dots – a novel material for everything from screens to solar cells. But how do researchers optimize new materials like quantum dot films? One type of spectroscopy – called transient absorption – could help.
We use lithium-ion batteries in our electronics every day, but getting the materials to build them isn’t very environmentally friendly. Let’s learn about a new way to recover one of these materials from burnt plants!
Can we clean oil spills with a block of wood? Researchers have made an oil sponge out of wood for just this purpose.