Chemistry, News

Former BAYER Chief Who Promoted Heroin Use Spurned by German Cities

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The German cities of Dortmund and Luedenscheid have decided to rename streets named after the former BAYER chief executive Carl Duisberg. Similar initiatives are also underway in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Krefeld and Leverkusen. This carries a special weight as Wuppertal is the birth place of Carl Duisberg, Leverkusen is the home of BAYER‘s headquarters. Carl Duisberg is a controversial figure in German…

Chemistry, News, Renewable Energy

New process turns CO2 into alcohol using enzymes

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We’ve previously told you how our ancestors’ adaptation to metabolizing alcohol which first happened some 10 million years ago may have been essential to their survival. There’s more to it though. The same enzyme that metabolizes alcohol, dehydrogenase (ADH4), may be eventually used to transform CO2 into alcohol, which could be later used as a fuel, according to a paper…

Chemistry, Videos

Liquid DNA crystals imaged in stunning timelapse

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DNA is widely recognized by its double helix, but if you look at the molecule through a microscope you might be disappointed. That’s because the double helix is an atomic model, and you’d need a really powerful microscope to see the helix. On a grander scale, DNA can take some interesting shapes. Take for instance these images of liquid DNA…

Biology, Chemistry, News

Scientists create ‘artificial evolution’ for the first time

Photograph showing the pumps: cleaning and oil phases, the mixing array, the syringe array held in the X–Y stage, the evolutionary arena, the optical imaging system held below the evolution arena, the motors controlling the X–Y carriage and the computer interface.

Scientists have made a significant step towards developing fully artificial life – for the first time, they demonstrated evolution in a simple chemistry set without DNA. In a way, the researchers showed that the principle of natural selection doesn’t only apply to the biological world. Using a simple a robotic ‘aid’, a team from the University of Glasgow managed to create an evolving…

Art, Chemistry, Videos

Chemistry doesn’t suck, Chemistry is Beautiful! [Incredible reactions shot with 4K UltraHD resolution]

Chemical reaction

The Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China partnered to release an amazing video which zooms on various chemical reactions  at ultraHD resolution. Using  advanced computer graphics and state-of-the-art interactive technology, a group of 3D artists in Shanghai created this extraordinary short animation to express their impression of chemical structures. Check out the result in the embedded video below…

Chemistry, News, Physics, Renewable Energy

Graphene membrane allows mobile Fuel Cells to harvest Hydrogen straight from Air

In simple terms, graphene, is a thin layer of pure carbon; it is a single, tightly packed layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. Image: Wikimedia

A team of UK researchers led by none other but  Nobel Laureate Andre Geim – one of persons involved in graphene‘s discovery in 2004 – has shown that the wondrous two dimensional material graphene can used as a proton exchange membrane in fuel cells. The find took everybody by surprise since no one expected graphene could allow protons to pass through…

Chemistry, News

Graphene could be used to make bullet-proof armour – up to ten times better than steel

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It might not come as a surprise to hear that the world’s strongest material, graphene, was found to be a great impact absorber as well. After all, there always seems to be a study that adds to the growing list of graphene’s useful properties, be it lightness, flexibility or electrical conductivity. It’s been labeled as a wonder material because of…

Chemistry, Green Living, News, Renewable Energy

Jet Fuel and Enzymes power Fuel Cell for the First Time

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Researchers at University of Utah have demonstrated for the first time a working biological fuel cell that uses enzymes to convert jet fuel into electricity; all at room temperature. Fuel cells are much cleaner and efficient at producing energy than internal combustion engines – theoretically, fuel cells can be up to four times more efficient since the energy conversion is electrochemical…

Biology, Chemistry, News

Of Yeast and Flies: The Science of why Beer is so Delicious

Delicious beers - image via Cottage Life.

Whether you enjoy a strong malty taste, or a fruity savor, or even just a subtle aroma in your beer – you have yeast to thank for. Yeast imbues beer with aromatic molecules that account for most, if not all of the final flavor. But why is it that they create all this wide array of flavors? Kevin Verstrepen, a yeast geneticist…

Astronomy, Chemistry, News, Science, Space

All Solar Systems likely have Water (just like ours!)

This flowchart picture shows the evolution of water as it starts out in the Sun's birth cloud, survives the destructive formation of the early solar system, and continues to exist to this day.Credit: Bill Saxton, NSF/AUI/NRAO

We live in a solar system filled with water. Not only does liquid water cover 72% of our planet Earth, we have also found ice water in asteroids and comets, on the Moon, on Mars, and even in the shadows of craters on Mercury; while Europa and other moons of Jupiter and Saturn almost certainly harbor liquid oceans beneath their…