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July 18, 2014

Studying Food and Culture with Chemistry

Earlier this week a team of researchers from the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain published a paper in the journal PLOS ONE with new details about the diets of ancient people who lived in what is...

Namib Desert beetle (Wikimedia Commons)

June 24, 2014

Lessons from the desert beetle: Harvesting water from the atmosphere

Clean water shortage affects every continent, with almost one-fifth of the world’s population living in areas where water is in short supply (United Nations). And renewable freshwater resources are projected to dwindle further, according to the...

June 19, 2014

Video of the Week: The Circle of Life

Have you been feeling close to nature lately? That might be because you are made of the very same stuff as trees, water and air. Living creatures constantly exchange atoms of carbon and oxygen with plants...

Credit: NASA

April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea

Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that...

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March 17, 2014

New State of Matter Discovered

One of the foundations of physics and chemistry is the concept of states of matter. While many have been discovered, in reality we only tend to pay attention to the big three: solids, liquids, and gases. Plasma...

AFP Photo / Tom Hindman

February 6, 2014

West Virginia Chemical Spill; What Is MCHM?

Earlier in January, West Virginia experienced a large chemical spill in its capital city, Charleston. A large supply tank holding nearly 10,000 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) leaked into the Elk River, forcing a...

Marblebust of Cleopatra VII of Egypt form 30-40 BC

January 2, 2014

New Strain of C. botulinum Produces the World’s Deadliest Poison

Poisons have long fascinated us both for their power and intrigue. For example, the story of the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra is told in a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History called “The Power...

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December 24, 2013

Video of the Week: Marvelous Snowflakes

This week, those who live in the northern hemisphere will cross their fingers in hopes of a dusting of snow for the holidays. Everyone loves snow for making snowballs and snow forts, plus a blanket of...

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December 18, 2013

Solving practical problems with basic physical chemistry: Ruth Benerito

This fall, science lost one of its great inventors, Ruth Benerito (January 12, 1916 – October 5, 2013), chemist at USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans. Benerito held more than 50 patents, but she...

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December 2, 2013

On this Day in 1942: Initiating the World’s First Nuclear Chain Reaction

On this day 71 years ago, physicists Enrico Fermi and Léo Szilárd, along with Martin Whittaker, Walter Zinn, George Weil, and Arthur Compton, gathered together in a squash court under the west stands of the University...