How different types of chemicals combine for a holiday blast.
This is a guest post by my friend Pinkesh Patel, a data scientist at Facebook. Pinkesh has a PhD in physics from Caltech during which he worked on LIGO, the gravitational wave detector.
I was a mere toddler in the early 1980s when they announced the “golden age of computational drug design”. Now I may have been a toddler, but I often hear stories about the impending golden age from misty-eyed veterans in the field.
It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get.
Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) which is the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society and the chemical community is celebrating 90 years of its existence this year, and I can only imagine how perplexed and awestruck its editors from 1923 would have been had they witnessed the state of pure and applied chemistry in [...]
Human therapeutic antibodies often break down. Now chemists have grafted on more rugged features, taken from sharks
Editors note: Craig Fay will be appearing live at the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in New York City May 14-18. Here's a theory for you: ignorance is bliss.
April 11, 2014 would have been Dr. Julian Percy’s 115th Birthday and it was a beautiful site to behold – seeing today’s Google Doodle honoring the man and his science.
Parts of this supposed vast emptiness smell like rotten eggs or gunpowder.
Not quite 20 years ago, I was between graduate programs. I had earned my Ph.D in chemistry and filed my applications to seven Ph.D. programs in philosophy.
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring but toxic substance
Forests in Eurasia are not sucking as much CO2 out of the sky as they used to
A chemical reaction discovered by French chemist Louis Camille Maillard (1878-1936) is responsible for the delicious flavors present in everything from baked bread to steak.Scientific American's Michael Moyer gives us a bite-size explanation.
In this at-home experiment re-create some of the processes ancient alchemists used to seemingly transform one element into another
After 10,000 gallons of coal-washing chemicals leaked into the Charleston-area’s water supply, many residents still do not trust that the water is safe enough to use, despite the lifting of a “Do Not Use” order
A new microscope can show chromosomes moving within a cell or tiny changes in a growing embryo.
Pee in a swimming pool could start an unpleasant chemical reaction with chlorine
Cobalt Blue is a fascinating colour with a much longer history than many pigments in use today. It’s also the only goblin hiding in the Periodic Table.
What is food? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry says “Something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.” How beautiful. That statement captures much of the emotion and feeling surrounding food, yet it’s only part of the full definition.
Since 1983, Donna J. Nelson has taught some 10,000 students as a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Her research extends to characterizing carbon nanotubes and examining carbon–carbon double bonds every which way and even promoting chemistry education as a means to increase the number of chemists and chemical engineers in the [...]