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The thousand-year-old egg (video)

The thousand-year-old egg

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - Full Story

With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine

With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine
Despite the numerous advances in solar cells, one thing remains constant: cloudy, rainy conditions put a damper on the amount of electricity created. Now researchers reporting in the journal ACS Nano have developed hybrid solar cells that can generate power from raindrops.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, March 12, 2018 - Full Story

New graphene laser technique opens door for edible electronics

New graphene laser technique opens door for edible electronics
Electronics, the lifeblood of the modern world, could soon be part of our daily diet. In a study appearing in ACS Nano, scientists report that they have developed a way to write graphene patterns onto virtually any surface including food. They say the new technique could lay the groundwork for the edible electronics capable of tracing the progression of foods from farm to table, as well as detecting harmful organisms that can cause gastric distress.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Full Story

Home theatre not rumbling enough? Here are some ways to tweak your system

Home theatre not rumbling enough? Here are some ways to tweak your system
You’ve shelled out good, after tax disposable income on a home theatre setup but instead of that room-rattling bass you’ve been promised you’re only getting a thin gruel oozing its way to your ears. Did you get ripped off?

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light
The renowned Smithsonian Institute recently published an article “Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons.” Yeah, a “New Form of Light”—really?

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Full Story

How chemistry can improve bargain hot cocoa (video)

How chemistry can improve bargain hot cocoa

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Full Story

On the Fly

Are you waiting for delivery – of your EV, electric vehicle, SPACEX
Sorry to have to disappoint you (again). As the main-stream media reported everywhere, the top Roadster model, modified, and complete with a mannequin behind the wheel together with its miniature relative, was just sent into a circum-solar trajectory – never to be seen again by potential eager buyers on this planet. But it is really fast, travelling at a speed of 6,864 miles/hour!

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Full Story

Thermal blankets melt snow quickly

Thermal blankets melt snow quickly
Removing snow piled high in parking lots and along roadsides could soon be a far less tedious task. In a study appearing in ACS’ journal Langmuir, scientists report that they have tested sunlight-absorbing thermal blankets capable of melting snow three times faster than it would on its own

By American Chemical Society - Friday, February 16, 2018 - Full Story

Replay software suite lets you replay, record, re-use audio and video from the Web

Applian Technology's Replay Capture Suite
What happens when you watch a particularly hot - or controversial - video on YouTube and just have to have it for yourself, forever? Or what happens when you want to listen to your favourite streaming talk show but have to be away from the computer while it’s on?

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Full Story

Chemtrails vs. contrails (video)

Chemtrails vs. contrails (video)

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Full Story

Getting ready for the summer sun with ‘green’ sunscreens

Getting ready for the summer sun with 'green' sunscreens
Although it’s been a tough winter for many people in the U.S., summer is coming. And that means backyard barbeques, fun on the beach and, of course, slathering on sunscreen. But one particular environmentally friendly sunscreen ingredient has been difficult to obtain — that ingredient, shinorine, could only be harvested from nature. Scientists now report in ACS Synthetic Biology the laboratory production of that compound.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Skin-inspired coating that’s as hard as teeth and can heal itself

Skin-inspired coating that's as hard as teeth and can heal itself
Self-healing smart coatings could someday make scratches on cell phones a thing of the past. But researchers often have to compromise between strength and the ability to self-repair when developing these materials. Now, one group reports in ACS Nano the development of a smart coating that is as hard as tooth enamel on the outside but can heal itself like skin can.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

The science behind the fizz: How the bubbles make the beverage

The science behind the fizz: How the bubbles make the beverage
From popping a bottle of champagne for a celebration to cracking open a soda while watching the Super Bowl, everyone is familiar with fizz. But little is known about the chemistry behind the bubbles. Now, one group sheds some light on how carbonation can affect the creaminess and smoothness of beverages, as reported in ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Whiskey’s Complex Chemistry

Whiskey's Complex Chemistry
Whiskeys contain hundreds of compounds, including fatty acids, esters, alcohols and aldehydes, in a wide range of concentrations. The most important flavors in a whiskey come from the raw materials, the distillation process, and the maturation. 1

By Jack Dini - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Full Story

Algorithm identifies vulnerable people during natural disasters

Algorithm identifies vulnerable people during natural disasters
A new algorithm developed at the University of Waterloo will help first responders and home care providers better help the elderly during natural disasters.

By Waterloo - Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Full Story

New technique can capture images of ultrafast energy-time entangled photon pairs

Jean-Phillipe MacLean works in his lab
Scientists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo have captured the first images of ultrafast photons that are energy-time entangled.

The new technique will have direct applications for quantum cryptography and communication protocols, including the possibility for establishing highly secure communication channels over long

By Waterloo - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

Gallium and the history of the periodic table (video)

Gallium and the history of the periodic table

By American Chemical Society - Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Full Story

Lab-grown horns and tusks could stop poaching — or not

Lab-grown horns and tusks could stop poaching — or not
Scientists are making mimics of rhino horns and elephant tusks, hoping to drive down the prices of these items on the black market and discourage poaching. But many conservation groups argue that it could have the opposite effect, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Full Story

Pearly material for bendable heating elements (video)

Pearly material for bendable heating elements (video)
The iridescent shimmer of a string of pearls may one day be more than pretty adornment. Scientists now report in ACS Applied Nano Materials a hybrid material consisting of imitation pearl combined with silver nanowires that works as a heater, with the added benefit of high flexibility, suggesting a potential role in wearable devices.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Full Story

A step toward ridding register receipts of BPA


Although the U.S and other countries have banned or restricted the use of bisphenol A (BPA) because of environmental and health concerns, it is still used in thermally printed receipts and labels.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Full Story