Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child's play
If you've ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant ...
Scientists track ultrafast creation of a catalyst with X-ray laser (Update)
An international team has for the first time precisely tracked the surprisingly rapid process by which light rearranges the outermost electrons of a metal compound and turns it into an active catalyst – ...
In a melting Iceland, drilling deep to stem climate change
Tiny Iceland is a prime exemplar of the complexities wrought by warming climate. It is 11 percent covered by ice, but it is basically also one very large, very active volcanic system. The island has seen ...
Students work to ease the pain of needle injections
If the Rice University freshman engineering design team Comfortably Numb has it their way, children will be less fearful and feel less pain when they go to the doctor's office for a shot.
Optimizing atomic neighborhoods for speedier chemical reactions
Scientists have discovered that for palladium-nickel catalysts, certain surface characteristics, measured at the atomic level, sped the creation of carbon dioxide from carbon monoxide. To reveal the optimal ...
Researchers achieve enzyme-catalyzed Diels-Alder reaction
A computational study carried out at Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) focused on the mechanistic pathway of the SpnF-catalyzed cycloaddition reaction leading ...
Novel photolithographic technology that enables control over functional shapes of microstructures
Researchers in South Korea have developed a novel photolithographic technology enabling control over the functional shapes of micropatterns using oxygen diffusion.
Small quantities of silver can serve as an efficient catalyst to convert aldehydes to acids
A tiny bit of silver, combined with water and air, can convert aldehydes into acids efficiently—instead of the classical methods using stoichiometric amounts of expensive or toxic metal oxidants, according ...
Nuclear waste drums appear stable after signs of reactions
Federal officials say dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year.
Los Alamos radiation release could have been prevented (Update)
A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.