The RiverDip experiment is one of many citizen science projects out there.
Getting involved in citizen science projects can be a great way to have a positive impact on the world.
Sugar is just one of many flavor enhancers people and companies use to sweeten foods and beverages.
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Just because something is sweet doesn’t necessarily mean it is sugary. There are a number of molecules that taste sweet. To understand how and why takes a little bit of chemistry.
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From my years researching wine chemistry and wine oxidation, I know making every attempt to minimise contact between wine and oxygen is vital. Sealing the bottle is essential.
Nickel oxide, the gray-and-black-striped material, demonstrates unique properties when exposed to hydrogen.
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The ability to store information is central to learning and the field of artificial intelligence. Researchers have shown how a unique material shows basic learning properties similar to that of slugs.
Colors, sparks, booms and whistles all require different pyrotechnic recipes.
Hidden underneath the bright colors and celebratory nature of fireworks is a combination of ancient chemistry and modern pyrotechnical recipes.
How the innovation of 19th century chemist, Baron von Liebig, led to the first fertilizer, gravy, and mirrored Christmas baubles.
For decades, most gas sold in the U.S. contained a lead additive.
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Burning leaded gasoline releases toxic lead into the environment, and for 100 years people around the world have been dealing with the health effects. How did a century of toxic fuel come to be?
Early Earth on the left, had seas infused with life-enhancing iron, whereas Earth today, seen on the right, does not.
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Life doesn’t just need water and oxygen to thrive, it also needs iron.
When water and boiling oil mix, the result can be explosive, as seen in this demonstration.
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Deep-fried turkeys are delicious, but making one can be dangerous. The scientific reason for fiery Thanksgiving mishaps? A difference in the densities of ice, water and oil.
Flouride is created by Wolf–Rayet stars, here seen in the Milky Way by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Tracing the cosmic origin of toothpaste, scientists got a glimpse into the surprising chemistry of early galaxies.
Our sense of touch is actually lots of different senses rolled into one.
Listen to The Conversation Weekly as we delve into the achievements behind three of the latest Nobel prizes.
Many catalysts currently used to make many drugs are expensive and can produce toxic byproducts.
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Dave MacMillon and Ben List both developed simple catalysts that make precise chemical reactions much faster and more efficient.
List (left) and MacMillan (right) are winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The discovery has boosted the pharmaceutical industry and made research greener and cheaper.
To understand the CO₂ shortage, we need to look at fertiliser production – and why it has stalled in the UK.
Artist’s evidence-based depiction of the blast, which had the power of 1,000 Hiroshimas.
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New research suggests that fire from the sky in the form of a small asteroid annihilated a city near the Dead Sea 3,600 years ago.
Indigenous artists have been engraving rock shelters for millennia - long before the Kimberley’s celebrated rock art paintings. Now the rocks’ natural coatings are yielding clues to the engravings’ creation.
Science teaches you many skills. Even if you don’t plan for a science related career, including a science subject in your senior years can provide a good balance. But only if you’re interested.
One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain.
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While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
Fool’s gold, or pyrite, is made of worthless iron disulfide, but can contain tiny amounts of the real thing. Using an ‘atom probe’, research has uncovered a new way gold atoms can hide in pyrite crystals.
The heat and pressure generated by a nuclear explosion can produce unusual chemical curiosities.
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The quasicrystals were ‘accidentally’ synthesised during the first test of a nuclear bomb in July 1945.