The synthetic membrane from ExxonMobile would also avert 45 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions
Polymers have infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life. Now researchers are working on next-generation forms
With technology and pharmaceuticals dominating our reality, how do we define “natural” human effort in sports? The author of bestseller The Sports Gene weighs in
Could mirror molecules in space help explain why life prefers molecules with a single-handedness?
David Epstein talks about his 2013 bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance and his recent Scientific American article "Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics".
Creating molecules that do not exist in nature could give drug design a boost
In neighborhoods where kids have an increased chance of exposure to toxic lead, pigeons also have higher blood lead levels—making the birds potential proxies for risk assessment.
A gardening project from Science Buddies
The scientist won a Nobel Prize for using ultrafast lasers to reveal chemical reactions
Irrigation is more than just throwing water on a field—it can be a nuanced chemical conversation between humans and plants
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs
Like the plant, a three-layered hydrogel can change shape then quickly return to original position
A sweet science activity
Scientists who made three of the newest elements talk about whether they will run out of room for more
Government study finds safety for unborn children, calming fears
Scientists are trying to convert carbon dioxide emissions into something of value—without using too much energy
A clarifying science project
Remarkably, a little heat can help because of plant chemistry
The smell of a chicken wards off one species of malaria-spreading mosquito—meaning the scent compounds, or the birds themselves, might help deter disease. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Peeled strips of single-layer carbon could be useful in electronic circuitry