Chemistry

  • Colourful detection crystals

    New research explains how a type of crystal could be used to detect dangerous chemicals.

    A group of Australian researchers have found a fast method of detecting toxins produced from pesticides and chemical ...

    Chemistry March 5, 2021
  • Radical ozone chemistry

    New research explains why ozone pollution has jumped even as emissions fall.

    Last year’s lockdowns resulted in a drop in air pollution around the globe. But while other pollutants decreased, Bei...

    Chemistry March 2, 2021
  • Arrhenius takes the future’s temperature

    Pioneering climate scientist Svante Arrhenius won the 1903 Nobel chemistry prize.

    Each year the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences produces a commemorative booklet to pay tribute to “a per...

    Chemistry February 28, 2021
  • History

    Percy Julian makes history

    World-renowned African-American chemist battled racism to succeed.

    February is Black History Month in the United States, set aside as a time to recognise achievements by African Americ...

    Chemistry February 21, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: The chemistry of Titan

    Atomic-force microscopy allows new understanding of Saturn’s moon.

    New research from the Astrophysical Journal has identified some of the intricate molecules and reactions happening on...

    Chemistry February 13, 2021
  • Down with global CFCs

    Discovery brings new hope for recovery of the Earth’s ozone layer.

    After a hiccup in global efforts to reduce ozone-damaging emissions, scientists have found that levels of the major o...

    Chemistry February 11, 2021
  • Weather check: Paul Crutzen

    Farewell to the father of the Anthropocene.

    Paul Crutzen, Nobel laureate and one of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, died on 28 January 2021, a...

    Chemistry February 7, 2021
  • Bad hormones

    Synthetic progesterone linked to brain tumours.

    Prolonged use of hormones may have long-term consequences for women. A team of researchers led by Alain Weill from...

    Chemistry February 4, 2021
  • Exploring Einsteinium

    First measurements of synthetic, highly radioactive element.

    For the first time ever, US scientists have studied the properties of einsteinium – the highly radioactive, short-liv...

    Chemistry February 4, 2021
  • Bubbles on electrodes? Not a problem

    Research shows they can speed up chemical processes.

    Australian researchers say they have shown that the formation of bubbles on electrodes – usually thought to be a hind...

    Chemistry December 12, 2020
  • Dark chemistry in a lab as cold as space

    Making glycine without UV opens world of possibilities.

    An international team of astrochemists has produced glycine – the simplest amino acid – in a lab that simulates the d...

    Chemistry November 18, 2020
  • Shining a light on wine fraud

    New technique looks for fingerprints to prove origin.

    Australian wine scientists are testing the potential of molecular fingerprinting to quickly authenticate the provenan...

    Chemistry November 7, 2020
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