Chemistry

  1. Chemistry

    Sugary survival skill

    Scientists have discovered the trick that an African fly uses to survive dry times.

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  2. Chemistry

    Explainer: What are oxidants and antioxidants?

    Certain chemicals, including many in foods, fight chemical reactions that could harm cells in the body and in wildlife.

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  3. Chemistry

    Hair detectives

    Scientists have found a way to figure out where a person is from and where he or she has been, just by looking at samples of the person's hair.

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  4. Physics

    Explainer: How a synchrotron works

    Giant magnets direct superfast light into beams up to 30 million times as bright as those produced by a laser pointer.

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  5. Chemistry

    Super Sticky Power

    Scientists have combined the sticking power of geckos and mussels to create an extrasticky material.

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  6. Chemistry

    A Spider’s Silky Strength

    What makes spider webs so strong? Scientists attempt to unravel the secrets of silk.

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  7. Chemistry

    Gold’s Glittery Rewards

    Gold has properties that make it valuable not only for jewelry but also for electronics and other uses.

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  8. Chemistry

    Sticky Silky Feet

    The feet of zebra tarantulas can produce silk threads that may help them get a firmer grip.

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  9. Animals

    Firefly delight

    Decoding firefly flashes unveils mating signals and other secrets of insect life.

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  10. Chemistry

    Mother-of-Pearl on Ice

    Scientists have found a way to copy the mother-of-pearl structures that oysters make.

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  11. Chemistry

    Atom Hauler

    Specially designed molecules can pick up and move around bunches of atoms on a surface.

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  12. Chemistry

    Smelly Traps for Lampreys

    Researchers tap into a sea lamprey's sense of smell to keep these fish under control.

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