• Polly Porter rolls the stones

    As a Victorian-era girl, Mary Winearls Porter was kept from education, making her later scientifi...

    Polly Porter. The name sounds more like a character in a young-adult adventure story from the early 20th century than...

    Chemistry November 14, 2021
  • Bubble casting: it's not hard to make soft robots

    “Fancy balloons” could accelerate the development of the bots.

    Soft robots – made from malleable material – can get into and around thousands of places their hard counterparts cann...

    Robotics November 11, 2021
  • Batt-trees? Cellulose in solid-state batteries shows promise

    Fibres from tree wood could advance lithium-ion power another step.

    Solid-state lithium-ion batteries are a hallowed goal in energy: they’d be more powerful – and safer – than current c...

    Materials October 25, 2021
  • The plastic wrap

    Tiny plastic debris is changing not just land and sea – now air as well.

    From the deepest ocean trenches to the peaks of the highest mountains, plastics can now be found everywhere, and figu...

    Climate October 21, 2021
  • The drive to put hydrogen on South Australian roads

    Business SA has issued a roadmap for the state to reach a hydrogen-powered future, but a few poth...

    The potential for hydrogen to become an industrial-scale fuel is being touted as an essential state election issue fo...

    Energy October 19, 2021
  • Video

    The Hydrogen solution

    Experts discuss the future of hydrogen as a fuel.

    Recent news about state hydrogen stategies brings this potential fuel solution back into the foreground. But what is ...

    Earth October 14, 2021
  • Adding new buzz to controversial insecticide

    Fast-acting imidacloprid crystals could reduce the quantities needed.

    A team of US chemists has found a way to make the insecticide imidacloprid more effective, claiming that its faster-a...

    Chemistry October 12, 2021
  • Ruth Benerito saves cotton

    With the world agog over synthetic fabrics, a chemist and her colleagues ‘smoothed out’ cotton – ...

    In 1938–39, a department store in the United States capital, Washington, DC, featured a “Fabrics of the Future” exhib...

    Chemistry October 10, 2021
  • These sounds scare humans: Did they come from aliens?

    No, it’s just insect defence chemicals!

    What’s that sound? The aliens are coming! No, wait – it’s only insect defence signals. These eerie sounds are the ...

    Animals September 27, 2021
  • Out of thin air: direct carbon capture is on the horizon

    An Australian company hopes to be selling carbon-capture modules by next year.

    An Australian company could be selling modules that suck carbon dioxide directly from the air as early as next year, ...

    Australia September 21, 2021
  • Electrici-wee? Getting energy from wastewater

    A new catalyst can generate more electricity from urea.

    Could we ever use urine to power batteries? An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new cata...

    Energy September 21, 2021
  • Changing the shape of water molecules

    Zeolites can dramatically alter the shape of water.

    Chemistry depends on catalysts to speed up reactions, make chemical processes more efficient, and control the product...

    Chemistry September 21, 2021
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