Chemists could replace bubbling flasks with tumbling ball mills.
No, it's not a hangover.
Scientists will be able to make detailed "Claymation-like" movies of chemical reactions.
Capsaicin is already used to treat nerve pain. Early research hints it could do more.
According to the CDC, 50 countries worldwide have drinkable tap water. But look closer, and the picture is more nuanced.
We don’t need to think about what life is made of but rather what it does.
From ancient Greek cosmology to today's mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, explore the relentless quest to understand the Universe's invisible forces.
The flavor is "simultaneously fascinating and... abusive."
Every astrobiologist wants to find an alien. But the public should be skeptical when the "aliens" look like tiny humans.
Chemical changes inside Mars' core caused it to lose its magnetic field. This, in turn, caused it to lose its oceans. But how?
Scientists may have detected the somewhat smelly chemical dimethyl sulfide on a planet 120 light-years from Earth.
Sweet, bitter, salty, sour. These are the four basic tastes we were taught in grade school. But there is a fifth: umami. And it's everywhere.
Experiments on suborbital rockets are revealing how to make a better iron furnace.
In many ways, it was worse than Chernobyl.
Today, many Maya sites are polluted with toxic levels of mercury. The contamination likely originated from cinnabar paints and art.
Pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are made with chemicals derived from oil. Scientists have shown how to make them from trees.
Alchemy had its golden age in the 17th century, when it counted Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle among its adherents.
Rocks and minerals don’t simply reflect light. They play with it and interact with light as both a wave and a particle.
All biological systems are wildly disordered. Yet somehow, that disorder enables plant photosynthesis to be nearly 100% efficient.
In one experiment, the Viking landers added water to Martian soil samples. That might have been a very bad idea.
The familiar terrain of solids, liquids, and gases gives way to the exotic realms of plasmas and degenerate matter.
Origin of life studies have always focused on a set of strict environments that could give rise to life. Ante-life opens new possibilities.
There may be more energy in methane hydrates than in all the world’s oil, coal, and gas combined. It could be the perfect "bridge fuel" to a clean energy future.
At the turn of the millennium, a physicist fooled the global scientific community with the greatest discovery that never existed.