Chemistry

Chemical Turing Test: Making Artificial Cells Talk With Real Ones

In computer science, the classic Turing test evaluates a machine's ability to mimic human behavior, and therefore is a measure of determining how close a machine can come to artificial intelligence. To pass, a computer must fool the tester into thinki ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 25 2017 - 12:13pm

Metallic Hydrogen: Science Or Fake News?

After being only theorized for 80 years, Harvard scientists claim they have succeeded in creating the rarest- and potentially one of the most valuable- materials on the planet. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2017 - 11:41am

Nature: The Original Chemist

We frequently see a contrast drawn between what is “natural” and what is “chemical.” Sometimes products are described as “chemical-free” even though every physical object is made of chemicals. As much as this suggests a problem with our science education, ...

Article - Steve Savage - Feb 28 2017 - 9:46pm

IARC Stands Alone Insisting Glyphosate Must Be Dangerous

ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has released findings from its Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) which concluded that glyphosate (e.g. Roundup, by the agriculture company Monsanto, though it's been off-patent for 17 years) is not a carcinogen, ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 16 2017 - 1:55pm

Predicting Methane Rise, Using A Hydroxyl Radical Estimate

In the late 2000s, after natural gas uptake caused American carbon dioxide emissions to plummet, panicked environmentalists began to scramble for new ways to campaign on ending so-called fossil fuels. Methane, with 23X the warming power of CO2, was ideal, ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 17 2017 - 5:56pm

Thiamethoxam: Study Claims Neonicotinoid Causes Erratic Bee Flight

Thiamethoxam is a compound in the class of targeted pesticides known as "neonicotinoids", because they are chemically similar to nicotine, which has natural insect repellent properties. Neonicotinoids are used in crops such as corn, soybeans and ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 26 2017 - 8:48am

The Ultimate Natural Sunscreen: Thanks, Science!

A new paper reports the development of nanoparticles that mimic the behavior of natural melanosomes, melanin-producing cell structures that protect our skin, eyes and other tissues from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. ...

Article - News Staff - May 18 2017 - 8:47am

Formaldehyde Exposure In Marijuana Vaping

Formaldehyde sounds scary because it is for dead bodies. But it is also produced in our natural cellular respiration. Clearly "the dose makes the embalming fluid" but groups who want to scare people about diet soda whisper about its presence. And ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 12 2017 - 1:35pm

Organic Growing Process Linked To Higher Antioxidant Levels In Onions

A new study has found that found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions, which disputes a meta-analysis which debunked claims by discredited industry-funded economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook and c ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2017 - 8:34pm

3 Ways Activists Gamed California's Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Glyphosate, a component of the popular herbicide commonly known as Roundup in the United States, has been placed on California's Proposition 65 list, which requires a cancer warning label on it, despite the fact no regulatory body can find evidence i ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 27 2019 - 12:19pm