Chemistry

Urine Is Not Really Sterile

Urine is commonly believed to be sterile until it reaches the urethra but that has led to numerous misconceptions about what can and should or should not be done with it. Drinking urine is a bad idea, for example, because even though it is sterile it conta ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 30 2015 - 1:20pm

Insecticide Rebranded As Personalized Medicine For Insects

A new class of dopamine receptor antagonists (DARs) could provide a safer means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis. The new chemicals work by manipulating the neurotransmitter dopa ...

Article - Science Ninja - Apr 1 2015 - 4:08pm

When Photons Strike Molecules: Femto-Snapshots Of Reaction Kinetics

All plants store solar energy in the form of carbohydrates with the help of a metallic compound. Chemically storing sunlight would also be ideal for society's energy needs but developing this requires a better understanding of exactly what happens wh ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2015 - 11:28am

Space Grease From Tartu

A new nanotechnology lubricant will be suitable for extreme conditions. Shuttles and equipment used in space consist of numerous elements that have several friction-prone components so the surfaces must be greased to ensure smooth operation. Conventional o ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2015 - 10:40am

Lettuce Could Be New Rubber Source

Rubber is natural and the main ingredient for many everyday products, from boots to condoms to surgical gloves. Roughly 70 percent of the global supply of rubber is used in tires.  ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2015 - 12:09pm

Energy Savings Using Nano-Coatings

Thermochromic nano-coatings can help reduce energy usage and generate savings by absorbing heat or permitting its reflection, depending on temperature.   The reasn is because minute dimensions can still have major effects- nanoparticles have an especially ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 8 2015 - 4:21pm

Clay Works For Capturing CO2

Carbon capture could play a central role in keeping greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere so many materials are being tested for the purpose of capturing CO 2.  New results show that ordinary clay can work just as effectively as more advanced mat ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 8 2015 - 5:18pm

Wine Labels Should Include Production Methods And Added Chemicals

While mandatory labels for organic or genetically modified foods have been regarded by the public as unnecessary bureaucracy, a group of analysts are calling for just that when it comes to wine. Production methods and added chemicals can affect the color ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 13 2015 - 2:18pm

3 Easy Steps To Making Beer The Scientific Way

Karin Heineman, Inside Science TV –  Beer! Most Americans choose it over all other alcoholic beverages. It's also one of the world's oldest beverages. In fact the first evidence of beer production dates back to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in t ...

Article - Inside Science - Apr 17 2015 - 8:00am

The Gene That Determines Cocoa Butter's Melting Point (And Why That's Important)

The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter should lead to new varieties of the cocoa plant that could extend the climate and soil-nutrient range for growing the crop ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 25 2015 - 9:13pm