How Did You End Up With Red Hair?

People from different parts of the world look different, and sometimes it feels weird to ask why. But yes, there is in fact chemistry and genetics behind the way we look. Read More >>

Startup Makes the First Lab-Grown Chicken Tender and Duck L’Orange

A San Francisco startup plated some fairly familiar dishes at a tasting yesterday, like fried chicken with collared greens and duck l’orange. But these meats didn’t come from gutted bird corpses. They were all lab-grown, and our lab-grown meat experts are bummed we were not invited to taste, too. Not that we would have been able to go or anything, we’re very busy. But come on, guys! Read More >>

Scientists Have a Sneaky Way of Telling If You Peed in the Pool

Pools are giant toilets. Around one in five Americans admit to having peed in a swimming pool at least once. Every pool probably contains a shot glass full of urine per swimmer, according to a story by Chemical and Engineering News from last year. Read More >>

The Chemical That Killed Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Is Horrifying

Kim Jong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother, was assassinated last week by a nerve agent called VX, according to the Malaysian police as reported by the Washington Post. What the heck is VX, and why is it so awful? Read More >>

There Could Be a Crazy Health Benefit to Eating Stale Bread

Every other day, someone writes a story about something causing or preventing cancer. Usually, it’s all hype or the explanation is a snooze, but sometimes, the research is just strange enough to grab our attention. That’s the case with a new study, which details how stale bread might help ward off colon cancer. Read More >>

A Wild New Helium Compound Could Rewrite Chemistry Textbooks

Here’s a popular GCSE school chemistry fact: Helium atoms don’t interact with other atoms to create compounds. Well, that fact might need some reevaluating. Read More >>

Even Your Fast Food’s Wrapper Is Bad For You

You don’t go to a fast food restaurant expecting a healthy meal, but you generally don’t expect potentially carcinogenic compounds, either. It turns out that a third of the time, that’s what you’re getting, and not in the food, but in the wrapper. Scientists aren’t sure how concerning this new health revelation is just yet, but it appears that even fast food wrappers can be bad for you. Read More >>

This Promising New Tool Can Help Us Find Life on Europa

If alien life is out there in our solar system, it’s probably very small and very hard to detect, buried deep beneath the surface of an icy moon. But, rejoice alien seekers: a new test developed by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory could improve our chances of spotting extraterrestrial microbes and ending our cosmic loneliness once and for all. Read More >>

The Science of Snot is Even Grosser Than You Think

Snot, you perplexing green goop, you smell-stopping slime that oozes forth from my face, what secrets do you hide? What message, O poor sick body, who do you telegraph me through this globby gak? Read More >>

A Promising New Method For Cleaning Up the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water remain sitting around the site of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. But scientists can’t simply dump the liquid into the ocean, and if it continues sitting around, it could seep into the soil. Read More >>

Watch an Aluminium Baseball Bat Crumble When Dunked in This Chemical

The next time you find yourself being chased by bill collectors, all you need is a beaker full of gallium to turn the aluminium baseball bats they’re wielding into what looks like a kid-safe toy made from squishy Nerf foam. Read More >>

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Chemists Explain Why You Probably Shouldn’t Bother With Cough Syrup

Every year, people spend billions on cough syrup. But is it really effective? A new video by the American Chemical Society explains why most cough medicines don’t actually work as advertised. Read More >>

Sensor Can Sniff Out 17 Diseases Using Just Your Breath

Usually, the only thing I can tell from another person’s breath is whether they’re drunk (or the last time they’ve brushed their teeth). But an international team of scientists has created a system that can diagnose disease solely from the chemicals you exhale. A disease fingerprint for your breath. A breathprint of death. A deathprint. Read More >>

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Will Ditching the Christmas Jumper Help You Lose Weight?

You’re going to eat too much this Christmas, and you’re going to gain weight. But when it’s time to drop the fat, your body might be hiding a little secret that doesn’t involve signing up for a gym membership on 2nd January that you won’t ever use. Read More >>