Scientists access new types of nanocrystals by leveraging simple acid-base concepts. The take-home message: always remember the basics!
When it comes to scientific disagreement, how do we, as readers, scientists, and consumers, analyze conflicting publications?
Protein crystallisation is an important technique in drug discovery, and storage of proteins in the biopharmaceutical industry but can sometimes be regarded as a dark-art. Read how researchers use air-bubbles to improve protein crystal growth.
Since it’s ratification in 1987, the Montreal Protocol has saved millions of people from skin cancer and cataracts. This success is due to global collaboration and an effective use of science in policy.
Tungsten helps your gut microbiome remove toxic chemicals. Without a major source of tungsten in our diets, it might be the metal your gut has been craving.
Adding chlorine to drinking water is a prominent method of disinfection. However, new research suggests many potentially harmful byproducts could be created.
Calcium is important in bones and in brains. But which brain regions have a lot of calcium? Do disease states affect calcium levels? A new tool is being developed to find out.
Safely handling hazardous waste generated from industrial processes is crucial to preventing environmental contamination. Chemists handle their heavy metal hazardous waste by transforming the sludge into useful construction materials
Finding the target of drug candidates is often challenging. A new technique called µMap ID may speed up this process.
Scientists showed that by modulating cathepsin B’s cleavage activity with pH-selective peptides, they can irreversibly and selectively stop its cancerous activity.
Searching the icy plumes at Enceladus for signs of life is not an easy task, but we may now have the technology to do it.
E.T. may be able to phone home – or “home phone” if we’re quoting the little guy correctly – but humans require a little more info using extraterrestrial biosignatures to figure out where aliens come from.
Enzymes and bacteria can be used to degrade plastics into chemicals useful for antibacterial coatings
We will continue coming across new viral proteins and viruses, so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for those. The work of White et al helps in giving a starting point for medicines against the Influenza viruses.
Avocado peels and uprooted invasive plants can become a source for anti-inflammatories. I’ll toast to that!
Supplying safe drinking water to the world’s population remains a persistent challenge. In a new paper, researchers have developed a simple distillation device made of paper that can turn seawater into fresh drinking water using just the heat from the sun.
The human gut microbiome is essential for digestion and nutrient absorption. With industrialisation having dramatically changed the way we eat, what effects has this had on our intestinal flora?
Simulations assisted by Quantum computers are the future. They could provide highly accurate and fast solutions to problems considered intractable for most powerful classical computers.
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In organic chemistry, once your reaction is over you generally “work-up” the mixture. But what happens if the work-up changes the outcome?
Carbon dioxide and biomass combinations can reduce the carbon emissions of polyurethane production, but has negative effects on other environmental parameters.