Chemistry

Turning Yeast Into Morphine At Home Could Be A Brewing Controversy

People with home-brewed beer rigs and backyard distilleries already know how to employ yeast to convert sugar into alcohol.- they soon might be able to turn sugar-fed yeast into a microbial factory for producing morphine and potentially other drugs, inclu ...

Article - News Staff - May 18 2015 - 11:08am

Analyzing The Components Of Cosmetics Organically

There are about 10,000 compounds used to make cosmetics, and they are monitored by government agencies in a way that products go inside the body, such as 'alternative' medicine and supplements, are not. ...

Article - News Staff - May 29 2015 - 10:43am

Common Method Of Lowering Lead Level In Water May Have Opposite Effect

New research has shown that pH lowering of municipal water supplies, a common strategy used to control the release of soluble lead from plumbing materials, can affect corrosion of cast iron water mains, resulting in increased levels of both particulate iro ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2015 - 8:30am

What Do Damaged Walnuts Smell Like? Why They Cause An Insect Frenzy

In collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of the Basque Country Department of Analytical Chemistry has identified the volatile compounds in damaged walnuts that insects find attractive and which is threatening the h ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 11 2015 - 1:00pm

Designer Evidence And Primordial Proteins: Scientists Find Evidence Of Key Ingredient During Dawn Of Life

Before there were cells on Earth, simple, tiny catalysts most likely evolved the ability to speed up and synchronize the chemical reactions necessary for life to rise from the primordial soup. But what those catalysts were, how they appeared at the same t ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 26 2015 - 12:58pm

Oscillatory Chemical Reactions: What Your Clothes May Literally Say About You In The Future

Wearing a computer on your sleeve may be a lot cooler than a plastic watch with an Apple logo on it- researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have designed a responsive hybrid material fueled by an oscillatory chemical reactions. They can even perform ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 29 2015 - 6:27pm

Plastics May Be Making Men Infertile- Or Not

Recent research has reignited concerns that exposure to chemicals from plastics might be to blame for low sperm counts in young men. I share the concerns about the high prevalence of low sperm counts (one in six young men), and my research is directed at ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 29 2015 - 8:00am

Zeolite: New Chemical Structures Can Remove CO2 From Gas Mixtures

A newly discovered family of chemical structures known as zeolites could increase the value of biogas and natural gas that contains carbon dioxide. The zeolites-- crystalline aluminosilicates with frameworks that contain windows and cavities the size of s ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 23 2015 - 8:00am

High Z: Metal Foams Shield X-rays, Gamma Rays And Neutron Radiation

Lightweight composite metal foams are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy of high impact collisions, and a new finding means the metal foams hold promise for use in nuclear safety, space ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 27 2015 - 3:00am

Fermentation Science: How To Make The Perfect Wine

By Marsha Lewis, Inside Science – Each year, about 32 billion bottles of wine are bought and sold around the world.  Each bottle contains about two and a half pounds of grapes, and to transform those grapes into a beverage with the perfect aroma, color, a ...

Article - Inside Science - Jul 21 2015 - 8:00am