Turing's theory of chemical morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death
Alan Turing's accomplishments in computer science are well known, but lesser known is his impact on biology and chemistry. In his only paper on biology, Turing proposed a theory of morphogenesis, or how identical ...
Karplus, Levitt, Warshel win Nobel chemistry prize for cyber experiments (Update 3)
Three U.S.-based scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that researchers use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.
Gel-based audio speaker demonstrates capabilities of ionic conductors, long thought limited in application (w/ Video)
In a materials science laboratory at Harvard University, a transparent disk connected to a laptop fills the room with music—it's the "Morning" prelude from Peer Gynt, played on an ionic speaker.
3D graphene: Solar cells' new platinum?
One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them.
Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the atmosphere
New coating turns ordinary glass into super glass
A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery, a team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard ...
Natural affinities—unrecognized until now—may have set stage for life to ignite
The chemical components crucial to the start of life on Earth may have primed and protected each other in never-before-realized ways, according to new research led by University of Washington scientists.
Social amoebae travel with a posse, have amazingly complicated social lives
In 2011, Nature announced that scientists had discovered a single-celled organism that is a primitive farmer. The organism, a social amoeba called Dictyostelium discoideum, picks up edible bacteria, carries them ...
A stepping-stone for oxygen on Earth: Researchers find evidence of an early manganese-oxidizing photosystem
(Phys.org) —For most terrestrial life on Earth, oxygen is necessary for survival. But the planet's atmosphere did not always contain this life-sustaining substance, and one of science's greatest mysteries ...
Exposure to air transforms gold alloys into catalytic nanostructures
(Phys.org) —Gold bars may signify great wealth, but the precious metal packs a much more practical punch when shrunk down to just billionths of a meter. Unfortunately, unlocking gold's potential often requires ...
Diet likely changed game for some hominids 3.5 million years ago
A new look at the diets of ancient African hominids shows a "game changer" occurred about 3.5 million years ago when some members added grasses or sedges to their menus, according to a new study led by the ...
New biomolecular archaeological evidence points to the beginnings of viniculture in France
France is renowned the world over as a leader in the crafts of viticulture and winemaking—but the beginnings of French viniculture have been largely unknown, until now.
Researchers develop method to inkjet print highly conductive, bendable layers of graphene
(Phys.org) —Imagine a bendable tablet computer or an electronic newspaper that could fold to fit in a pocket.
Secret of efficient photosynthesis: Purple bacteria's light-harvesting prowess lies in highly symmetrical molecules
Purple bacteria are among Earth's oldest organisms, and among its most efficient in turning sunlight into usable chemical energy. Now, a key to their light-harvesting prowess has been explained through a detailed structural ...