Generating hydrogen from biodiesel waste
Researchers at the University of Leeds have a potential solution to the problem of large quantities of low value by-product generated in the synthesis of biodiesel – by turning it into high value hydrogen.
Researchers think pink to produce 'green' solar energy
When it comes to producing earth-friendly solar energy, pink may be the new green, according to Ohio State University researchers.
Crystal cantilever lifts objects 600 times its own weight (w/ Video)
New catalyst converts carbon dioxide to fuel
Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas, a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products, bringing ...
Toys made of liquid wood
(PhysOrg.com) -- Most plastics are based on petroleum. A bio-plastic that consists of one hundred percent renewable raw materials helps to conserve this resource. Researchers have now optimized the plastic ...
Scientists Reproduce a Building Block of Life in Laboratory
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory.
Multifunctional microcapsules made from metals and tannic acid
(Phys.org) —Microcapsules with a broad spectrum of applications in biomedicine, catalysis, and technology can be produced by using plant-derived, phenolic tannic acid and a variety of metals. The capsules ...
Self-assembling anti-cancer molecules created in minutes
Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer molecules that mimic the properties of one of the body's natural defence systems.
Teen from Turkey turns bananas into plastic
There's nothing slippery about Elif Bilgin's idea of using banana peels as a substitute for old-school petroleum-based plastics.
Newly detected air pollutant mimics damaging effects of cigarette smoke
A previously unrecognized group of air pollutants could have effects remarkably similar to harmful substances found in tobacco smoke, Louisiana scientists are reporting in a study scheduled for presentation ...
Disordered materials hold promise for better batteries
Lithium batteries, with their exceptional ability to store power per a given weight, have been a major focus of research to enable use in everything from portable electronics to electric cars. Now researchers ...
'Kind and Gentle' Molecular Machine Could Operate at Near-Equilibrium
Chemists using light-activated molecules to kill cancer cells
A key challenge facing doctors as they treat patients suffering from cancer or other diseases resulting from genetic mutations is that the drugs at their disposal often don’t discriminate between healthy cells and dangerous ...
Simpler times: Did an earlier genetic molecule predate DNA and RNA?
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the chemistry of the living world, a pair of nucleic acidsDNA and RNAreign supreme. As carrier molecules of the genetic code, they provide all organisms with a mechanism for ...