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The Chemistry of Summer's Pretty Insect

July 2, 2015 | by ACS | Comments

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They have reported new evidence of how the beetles’ chemistry works.


Fall of Dinos Meant Rise of Fish

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | Comments

A pair of paleobiologists have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates– ray-finned fishes– began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.


Chemistry Makes Your 4th of July BBQ Great

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video. They've got chemistry knowledge that will impress your guests around the grill.


Chemistry Key to Future Jet Engines

June 29, 2015 8:49 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials scientists, it’s the starting point for designing the perfect chemical make-up of tomorrow’s jet engines.


Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Comments

Using a telepresence system, 19 people– including nine quadriplegics– were able to remotely control a robot located in a university laboratory. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to paralyzed people.


How to Start a Life Science Company

June 25, 2015 8:18 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, most recognized for developing the methodology behind the Lean Startup movement. Recently, Blank adapted this method specifically for life science companies, which he says are among the hardest to start. 


Model Calculates How Air Transport Connects the World

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | Comments

Every time you’ve seen a plane take off or land at a hub airport, you’ve seen the world growing more connected. Researchers have designed a new model that determines the degree to which regions around the world are connected via air transportation.


Glimpse Into Earth Comes from Outer Space

June 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ESA | Comments

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere– all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield.


A Partial Answer to the World's Problems

June 23, 2015 8:31 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., CEO of the American Chemical Society, on how he expects the organization to take chemistry to new global heights. As a truly global enterprise, chemistry has the potential to help tackle some of the world's largest problems, such as human health and nutrition. 


Chemists Explain Why the Sea Smells Like the Sea

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

There's nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation. But instead of frolicking on the beach, a group of chemists is researching the compounds inside that air.


Realistic Face Won't Make Us Comfortable Around Robots

June 22, 2015 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Stephanie Lay, Graham Pike, The Open University | Comments

There is no doubt that developments in android technology mean that robots now look more lifelike than ever. It is even possible to imagine mistaking a robot for a human, at least at first glance. However, encountering near-human agents may not always be a comfortable experience.


GMOs Could be Nutritionally Valuable, If Not for Intense Regulations

June 18, 2015 8:55 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Nina Fedoroff, the former Science and Technology advisor to U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, on why she blames intense regulatory demands for the lack of nutritionally valuable GMOs. 


Battery Turns Light Into Power

June 18, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

To move the world toward sustainability, scientists are continuing to explore and improve ways to tap the vast power of sunlight to make fuels and generate electricity. Now, they have come up with a brand-new way to use light— solar or artificial— to drive battery power safely.


Artificial Skin Mimics Squid’s Camouflage Ability

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Bristol | Comments

Researchers have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature’s masters of camouflage, the squid. The team has designed a smart materials system, inspired by biological chromatophores, which creates patterns that change and morph over time and mimic biological patterning.


Water Shortage, Reuse is a Social Problem

June 16, 2015 8:54 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from an expert in water sustainability regarding the economic and social challenges of water purification and reuse. Are these challenges holding back the potential of modern water technology?


Keep Cool without Killing Earth

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

We've had the delightful benefits of air conditioning and refrigeration for more than a hundred years now. In the early days, dangerous chemicals were used as refrigerants. Eventually, chlorofluorocarbons were developed. Then, we learned they were damaging, too.



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