Chemistry

  1. Chemistry

    Squeeze power

    Under pressure, plastics produce energy.

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  2. Animals

    Eyes from ions

    Scientists use charged molecules to grow eyes in tadpole guts.

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  3. Chemistry

    Self-cleaning clothes

    A few hours of sunshine cleans specially treated cotton fabrics.

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  4. Chemistry

    DEET confuses mosquitoes

    Scientists suspect the repellant messes with a mosquito’s sense of smell.

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  5. Tech

    A greener way to keep flames away

    Scientists use safer materials to create a new flame retardant.

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  6. Chemistry

    Plant-powered plastics

    Scientists are using green materials to create more Earth-friendly plastics.

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  7. Chemistry

    Superslim silicene

    Lab-made sheets of silicon are only one atom thick.

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  8. Oceans

    Sea changes

    Carbon dioxide is making the oceans more acidic.

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  9. Chemistry

    Like poison for phosphorus

    Scientists report finding bacterium that can live off arsenic.

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  10. Physics

    Explainer: What is a laser?

    Lasers are the brightest source of light on Earth and produce the purest form of color possible.

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  11. Chemistry

    Prizes award big ideas about small things

    Carbon and IVF win big in this year’s Nobel prizes.

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  12. Chemistry

    These gems make their own way

    Gemstones made in the lab could improve your cell phone or catch nasty bacteria in your water.

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