Chemistry

  • 170-year-old Champagne from shipwreck

    Bottle gives insight into 19th century winemaking.

    Scientists have analysed samples of 170-year-old Champagne which was recovered from a shipwreck on the bottom of the ...

    Chemistry April 21, 2015
  • Grapefruit compound huge commercial future

    Recreation of the flavour and scent of a grapefruit.

    Scientists have recreated the flavour and scent of a grapefruit in the lab, using an orange. But the work was far fro...

    Chemistry April 17, 2015
  • Potion knocks out super-resistant microbes

    Medieval potion from the world’s first known medical textbook.

    A 1,000-year-old formula for a potion from the world's first known medical textbook has shown remarkable results in k...

    Chemistry March 31, 2015
  • Why sodium explodes in water

    A discovery after revisiting a basic chemistry experiment.

    There’s nothing like an explosion to help you learn chemistry. Remember when your high school teacher dropped a lump ...

    Chemistry February 9, 2015
  • Chemists discover how to unboil an egg

    A process that could transform how proteins are produced.

    Chemists working in California and South Australia have worked out how to unboil egg whites, a process they say could...

    Chemistry January 28, 2015
  • The myriad uses of amazing graphene

    Graphene has been hailed as a wonder-material.

    What’s stronger than steel, tougher than a diamond and more conductive than copper? It’s graphene. This one atom thi...

    Chemistry January 12, 2015
  • Is winemaking an art or science?

    In vino veritas – in wine there is truth – says the Latin prover.

    Coldstream in mid-winter is living up to its name. The township lies deep within the Yarra Valley, a region on Melbou...

    Chemistry January 5, 2015
  • Inside Syria – the search for sarin

    A lot rides on the accuracy of tests for chemical weapons.

    Not all chemists wear white coats. Some wear flak jackets, heavy boots and military helmets. And this August, Åke Sel...

    Chemistry October 13, 2013
  • Molecules that changed the world

    The power of a simple molecule has never been more obvious.

    All molecules are not created equal. Some have saved billions of lives, wreaked environmental havoc or made the world...

    Chemistry December 31, 2008
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