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Chemistry Nobel Prize Goes to Lithium-Ion Batteries, Even If They Explode Sometimes

The Nobel Foundation has awarded scientists John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. Read More >>

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This Device Generates Electricity From Darkness

Scientists have created something of a reverse solar cell: a tool that generates electricity from the darkness of night. Read More >>

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50-Year Chemistry Mystery Solved by Wild New Carbon Ring

Some precision chemistry performed atop a slice of table salt has given researchers unprecedented views of a controversial form of carbon. Read More >>

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This Bottle of Vodka Was Made From Grain Grown Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Grains and water from Chernobyl’s dreaded exclusion zone have been used to produce a single bottle of vodka. Called ATOMIK, the vodka could revolutionise the way land is reclaimed in the radioactive region surrounding the beleaguered nuclear power plant. Read More >>

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This Rugby Ball-Shaped Planet is Leaking Heavy Metal

This hot Jupiter is so close to its host star that gravitational forces are squeezing it into a rugby ball-like shape. Not only that, its temperatures are so extreme that heavy metal gases are escaping into space from the exoplanet’s atmosphere – a phenomenon never seen before until now. Read More >>

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How Did This Egg Get ‘Bigger Than Before’?

How did this egg get so big, bigger than before, even? Read More >>

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80-Year Quest to Create Metallic Hydrogen May Finally Be Complete

Physicist Eugene Paul Wigner predicted more than 80 years ago that hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, could turn into an electricity-conducting solid metal at the right temperature and pressure. Scientists have spent decades since attempting to synthesise this material—and may have finally done so. Read More >>

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This Compact System Lets Scientists See Biological Molecules in a Whole New Way

Researchers have combined laser techniques and an ingenious detection scheme in order to create a powerful new molecule-imaging system—a quicker, easier way to determine the identity of microscopic molecules. Basically, it’s an advanced yet surprisingly simple microscope. Read More >>

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How Physicists Measured the Rarest Event Ever Directly Observed

This past week, scientists announced that they’d made an incredible physics observation using a vat of liquid xenon. It’s officially the rarest nuclear decay—and really, the rarest event of any kind—ever directly measured. Read More >>

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NASA Produces Building Blocks of Life in Experimental Recreation of Ancient Earth

How did life first start? Scientists hoping to answer that question are recreating the conditions of early Earth’s oceans in a lab. Read More >>

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A Guide to the Chemistry of Cold Weather

You might have noticed that it’s pretty cold at the moment – frostbite-inducing, school-closing, scald-yourself-with-boiling-water-while-attempting-that-stupid-instant-snow-trick cold. You might wonder what that means, scientifically. Read More >>

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World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found During Cleanup of Scottish Lab

A classroom chart bearing an early version of the periodic table of elements has been discovered in a University of St. Andrews chemistry lab. Dating back to the 1880s, the chart is thought to be the world’s oldest. Read More >>

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Meet Dawn Shaughnessy, the Real-Life Alchemist Who Expanded the Periodic Table

The periodic table is chemistry’s holy text. Not only does it list all of the tools at chemists’ disposal, but its mere shape – where these elements fall into specific rows and columns – has made profound predictions about new elements and their properties that later came true. But few chemists on Earth have a closer relationship with the document than Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team is partially responsible for adding six new elements to table’s ranks. Read More >>

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We Talked to the Graduate Student Who Made Bricks From Human Wee

Wee contains some pretty amazing stuff. Scientists have known for nearly a decade that it’s possible to produce bricks from bacteria, sand, and urea—a chemical found in urine. Researchers have gone ahead and produced those bricks, now for the first time with human wee. Read More >>

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Most Commercial Graphene Is Just Expensive Pencil Lead, New Study Finds

You might wonder why, given all the hype, there isn’t graphene in every product you own yet. Well, a new study has found that 60 companies that claim to sell the Nobel prize-winning ultra-thin carbon sheets produce utter trash. Read More >>