chemistry

Materials that self-heal and shapeshift

Materials science is the study of new materials through the lens of interdisciplinary science and engineering. The discipline requires knowledge of chemistry, physics, and engineering…


Heavy metals suck

Researchers from the Flinders University of South Australia have developed a simple and cheap substance that may make cleaning up mercury pollution a whole lot…


Asymmetrical organocatalysis

Rebecca Davis is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Manitoba. She completed her BSc in chemistry at Washington State…


Ure(k)a!

Vitalism is the doctrine that processes of living organisms are governed by unique principles due to a “vital essence” that is separate and distinct from…


And the winner is…

The Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine were handed out earlier in October. The prize-winning research included advancements in the small world of microscopy,…



Signifying sounds and structures

I’ve been looking for similarities between the ways we represent music and organic chemistry on paper. The answer is a stretch but the search was…


Time’s arrow: Antoine Lavoisier

In the late eighteenth century, Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier discovered fire.” This is how the futurist and artificial intelligence researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky described it, and he’s…



Blame the Butterflies

The “butterfly effect” is based on the statement “a butterfly flapping its wings in (insert place A) can cause a hurricane/tornado/etc. in (insert place B,…