An AI recreated the periodic table from scratch — in a couple of hours


What are isotopes

Calling them ‘fatter atoms’ is considered rude.

Silicon-based life on Earth? Only artificially, so far — but maybe natural on other planets

A team of researchers forced bacteria to create carbon-silicon bonds, and their experiment showcases why life on our planet chose carbon.

Three Old Scientific Concepts Getting a Modern Look

The ancients often got it wrong about science — but they weren’t that far off.

How to create deliciousness — the chemistry behind cooking

Who doesn’t love a good meal?

The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for cool new tricks in electron microscopy

They’re the guys that tell proteins “freeze!”

World’s tiniest race will pit nanocars against each other in Toulouse this April

The stakes have never been so tiny.

The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to trio of molecular machine pioneers

Tiny gears to start a huge revolution.

Pools at the Rio Olympics are turning green

Someone is celebrating St. Patrick’s early this year.

How to make vodka, with science!

Chemistry gets an undeserved bad reputation and it all starts in school. Can we nudge people to change their view of what is an undeniably awesome field of science? Is there a way to make chemistry a part of their life that they hold dear? I say yes. The answer is one of its most useful known abilities — that of turning boring old food into booze. And we’re here to tell you how to make vodka — so you can get hammered, all in the comfort of your home. With science!

We’re going to need more fertilizer if we want to feed the world – much more

According to a new study, we have to increase our phosphorus-based fertilizer production 4 times if we want to satisfy global food needs by 2050.

First biological function of mercury discovered

Purple Non Sulfur Bacteria may play a role in reducing the amount of methyl-mercury in the oceans by converting it to a less harmful form.Sincerely,

Isotopes inside salmon ear tell a fishy story

According to a new study, just like tree rings carry with them hints about previous dry or rainy years, bones in fish carry with them a specific signature which records the chemical composition of the waters they used to live in. Most vertebrates, especially fish, have what is called an ‘otolith’ – a specific bony structure inside the inner ear. The

What gives coffee its distinctive color and flavor

Coffee beans undergo several processes before they become the delicious brew we all know. The coffee beans we’re used to seeing, the brown ones with a delightful flavor, are roasted. Raw coffee beans have a different color and smell very differently. So what makes roasted coffee look, smell, and taste so different from raw coffee? The answer lies in chemistry –

Chemists uncover powerful reactivity, paving the way for a new class of molecules

Chemists led by Nobel laureate K. Barry Sharpless have used what is called click chemistry to uncover unprecedented, powerful reactivity. This opens a new “chemical galaxy” of molecules, potentially paving the way for making drugs, plastics and unprecedented smart materials. Click chemistry is a term applied to chemical synthesis tailored to generate substances quickly and reliably by joining small units together. It is

Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt And Arieh Warshel

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel won the 2013 Nobel Prize For Chemistry on Wednesday “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” Chemists used to create atomic models using balls and sticks. Some 40 years ago, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel laid the foundation for the powerful programs that are used to understand and

Who Lost Weight and Who Got Fat: Official Atomic Weights Change For 19 Elements

Hey molybdenum, is it me or are you looking chubbier these days? The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has conducted more precise measurements, changing the official atomic weight of 19 elements. The changes are very small, but they are proof of technological improvements and are part of a regular effort to update atomic weights. In case highschool

Fun and Exciting Chemical Experiments for Teaching and Learning

There’s no better way to foster interest in science and chemistry than seeing it in full, dazzling action. Most of the time, kids and young people wouldn’t really be all that interested in how chemistry works. They wouldn’t be particularly bothered about the different reactions you can get out of two different chemicals interacting with each other. Teaching them the

Florida DJs may be charged for telling listeners that “dihydrogen monoxide” is running down their taps

Florida country radio morning-show hosts Val St. John and Scott Fish are currently serving indefinite suspensions and possibly criminal charges for what can only be described as a successful April Fools. They told their listeners that “dihydrogen monoxide” was coming out of the taps throughout the Fort Myers area – as I’m sure you all know, dihydrogen monoxide, or H2O

Google celebrates chemist Robert Bunsen’s 200th birthday

I was very surprised to see today’s Google doodle center piece occupied by an animated Bunsen burner experiment, familiar to anyone with a high school diploma (should be, at least), in the memory of Robert Bunsen, its creator, born 200 years ago. What’s very curious, however, is that the burner, named after Bunsen, was not actually invented by the famous