Finding disguised pesticide?

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!

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 the world’s greatest bacterial threats.

Using microbes to make natural products

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?

Unlocking the full potential of graphene

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.

New Insights on The Elusive Protein Sulfinylation

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.

Stay young with Zinc!

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!

Gaining insights into nanowires with help from infrared

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.

Making New Batteries Using Burnt Plants

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!