The savory tastes so closely associated with Thanksgiving recall umami, which was ‘discovered’ more than 100 years ago by a Japanese chemist.
When you enjoy the delicious, savory foods of Thanksgiving, you're experiencing umami, the fifth taste, with a little-known history rooted in Japan.
3C(O)CH 2CH 2CO 2H? Eureka!
Levulinic acid is derived from plants and can be used to make everything from pharmaceuticals to plastics.
Viagra rendered in Minecraft.
The online building game offers a way to explore the world of molecules like no other.
You’d be in bad shape if your cells couldn’t fix DNA issues that arise.
Cells must repair the thousands of bits of DNA damage they incur every day. These cellular mechanisms fend off cancerous tumors, and cancer researchers are working to harness their power.
Tomas Lindahl, pictured here in the lab, along with Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry showed that DNA is far from static. Rather, it is bombarded by damaging forces, but our bodies know how to repair these precious strands.
1964 poster: ‘Prevent Malaria and Take Care of People’s Health.’
Painted by Wu Hao 吴昊
This year's Nobel Prize for Medicine went partly for research done during the Chinese Cultural Revolution based on traditional Chinese medicine. Here's the story of Project 523.
Never before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.
The first Chinese Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work based on traditional Chinese medicine. Will traditional medical knowledge now share the spotlight with evidence-based medicine?
A New Delhi laborer’s dirtied hands after work in a shoe factory.
Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."
A forensic scientist investigating one of the final and less smelly stages of decomposition in cattle.
The smell of death is easily recognised but not fully understood. Identifying the compounds behind it could lead to a number of improvements in forensics, including better trained cadaver dogs.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Mmm you can really taste that spicy methyl cinnamate.
Philip Toscano PA
Scientists have discovered why strawberries often don't taste as good as they used to - and what can be done about it.
Stephens' banded snake is one of Australia’s few arboreal (tree-dwelling) venomous snakes.
Most people avoid venomous creatures, but they can also teach us a lot about chemical reactions that take place outside of the body - or exochemistry.
Smells good – but how does it work?
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.
LCD screens are everywhere - even in art galleries.
What do pencillin, polythene and Mexican yam have in common?
It sounds too good to be true, and it is.
Deadly pill DNP has claimed another young life.
Fluorescent security ink produces multicolor barcode visible under UV light.
Invisible under normal light but fluorescent under UV light, this ink can print out unique signatures that use 'molecular encryption' to authenticate anything they tag.
The new chemistry lab – just add water.
Reagent pencils, the Caran d'Ache of the chemical world.
Graphene powder can be manufactured.
Dr Mohammad Choucair
There is much excitement about graphene, a material only a single carbon-atom thick, but finding ways to do something with it that's affordable have always been a challenge.
Ready for brekkie.
While stuck in a hotel room I got sucked into watching the 2002 Spider-Man movie. And it struck me that Peter Parker must have an enormously high-protein diet to generate all that spider silk he goes through…
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From the enticing aroma of the turkey in the oven to the “whoosh’” of the flames as the brandy-soaked pudding comes alight, Christmas is a wonderful time for the senses. But have you ever considered the…