Medicinal chemists are tweaking a natural molecule that can be a deadly poison – a modified version might work as a nonhormonal male contraceptive.
Dust can be instructive. The analysis of those collected around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko provided new information on the history of the solar system.
The four ingredients for holy incense are listed in the Old Testament, but there was much debate over the origin of one of them -- onycha. Scientists think they've now confirmed the source.
Remembering J. M. Creeth, 70 years after he discovered hydrogen bonds in DNA.
'Fast liquor', aged in months rather than decades, is the holy grail for distillers who are trying techniques ranging from using special barrels to blasting their brew with ultrasound.
A British woman has been arrested for transporting the prescription painkiller into Egypt and could even face the death penalty.
The technique is helping scientists to look for drugs against the Zika virus.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists who revolutionized biochemistry by inventing a technology that can image the molecules of life without destroying them.
How can we fight the opioid epidemic? Redesign the drugs, rethink how we assess patients and mandate prescription monitoring.
The chemical formula behind your tears.
The science behind why what your barista achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home.
Help us put this old wives' tale to a scientific test.
Processed foods often contain additives with intimidating chemical names or numbers. But many of these are derived from or based on chemicals that are found in nature.
Boron is the hidden ingredient in a lot of our technology. Get to know this plucky little element.
Evidence suggests that some chemicals can affect our bodies – even in very low doses. How can we better identify and act on these toxic materials?
New materials just one atom thick could help make graphene even more useful.
Scientists continue to invent new colours for new applications thanks to nanoscale structures.
Why do one big experiment when you can do millions of tiny ones?
Compressed glassy carbon could be used to make better bulletproof vests or new types of electronics.
Energy from the sun's rays can cause skin damage and cancers. Sunscreens can absorb or reflect the dangerous UV light. Here's how it works.