Chemistry, concrete and ceramic cement
Two new ideas about materials old and new.
Whatever you’re building, strength tends to be a prerequisite, so anything that makes things stronger and more reliab...
Now that’s a gem of a process
Electrostatic charge makes particles self-assemble.
Chemists say they have caused common microparticles to spontaneously organise into highly ordered crystalline materia...
Irene continues a family tradition
Younger Curie not daunted by the success of her parents.
Irene Joliot-Curie was born in Paris, France, on 12 September 1897. Her parents, Pierre and Marie Curie, won the 1903...
Getting a picture of where carbon was
Researchers look back to Earth’s early years.
This may look like something that belongs on an art gallery wall, but it is in fact related to a lab experiment desig...
Bacteria + nanowires = organic building blocks
Chemists creating a hybrid system for Earth or Mars.
US chemists have reported a “milestone” in their quest to combine bacteria and nanowires in a hybrid system that uses...
Another round of microbes versus plastic
Study suggests potential to degrade polyurethane.
Scientists continue in the quest to conscript microbes in the battle against burgeoning plastic waste. Cosmos has ...
The truth at the bottom of a bourbon shot
Scientists discover that spilt Jim Beam has forensic value.
The mark of a particular bourbon, it turns out, is not its taste, nor its price-point, nor even the clever design on ...
Something new from something old and blue
Nanosheets created from ancient pigment.
Earlier this year, US researchers unveiled a new class of “cool blues”. Now a German team has used one of the olde...
Opening bottles releases microplastics
More reasons to avoid plastic packaging.
As if we need another reason to eschew plastic products, which wreak environmental havoc from their inception to fina...
Antibiotic resistance gene discovered in desert
Its persistence raises concerns about treatment options.
An antibiotic resistance gene from a clinical environment has found its way into soil bacteria in one of the most unl...
Mystery of benzene’s structure finally revealed
Opening the doors for a vast array of applications.
One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists – and the result may have impl...
When colloidal particles attract
Scientists develop a gel that’s not sticky.
This is an image of non-sticky gel taken using advanced 3D light microscopy techniques – and “non-sticky” is the clev...