Scientists are creating and discovering new materials all the time, but few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized. Continue reading… “Coolest chemical substances humans have discovered”
The words ‘chemical’ and ‘poison’ have become interchangeable in the popular consciousness. As a result the whole subject of chemistry has become tainted with unpleasant connotations.
Futurist Thomas Frey: The next big innovation in healthcare may very well be a printer. But this is no ordinary printer.
Professor Lee Cronin heads up a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University in England. His team has figured out how to turn a 3D printer into a sort of universal chemistry set capable of “printing” prescription drugs via downloadable chemistry.
By the 1920s and 30s children had access to substances which would raise eyebrows in today’s more safety-conscious times.
When you talk to people of a certain age about chemistry sets, a nostalgic glaze comes over their eyes. The first chemistry sets for children included dangerous substances like uranium dust and sodium cyanide, but all that has changed.
Behold the periodic hair.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham created a special birthday present for Martyn Poliakoff, a professor of chemistry. It’s a periodic table of the elments inscribed on the surface of a hair from Poliakoff:
Novel type of magnetic wave discovered!
A team of international researchers led by physicists in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering has made a significant breakthrough in an effort to understand the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity in complex copper oxides.
University of Manchester scientists have created a new material which could replace or compete with Teflon in thousands of everyday applications.
Nanotechnology, compared to an uncommonly blue match
A new propulsion method for metallic micro- and nano-objects has been developed by researchers from the Institute of Molecular Sciences
The process is based on the novel concept of bipolar electrochemistry: under the influence of an electric field, one end of a metallic object grows while the other end dissolves.
possible with conjugated polymer (PPV) honeycomb technology
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of Materials, could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even windows that absorb solar energy to generate electricity.
Dr Cañamero with a sad robot
The first prototype robots capable of developing emotions as they interact with their human caregivers and expressing a whole range of emotions have been finalised by researchers.
This view provides a look into the heart of a scanning tunneling microscope in the specially designed Princeton Nanoscale Microscopy Laboratory, where highly accurate measurements at the atomic scale are possible because sounds and vibrations, through a multitude of technologies, are kept to a minimum.
On a quest to discover new states of matter, a team of Princeton University scientists has found that electrons on the surface of specific materials act like miniature superheroes, relentlessly dodging the cliff-like obstacles of imperfect microsurfaces, sometimes moving straight through barriers.