Edible electronics, devices that can be broken down and digested, could perform many useful functions inside the body.
We cannot deduce laws about a higher level of complexity by starting with a lower level of complexity. Here, reductionism meets a brick wall.
The rhetorical fallout is greater than the radioactive fallout.
A new method of extracting rare-earth elements could put us on the track toward a circular economy.
Life is possible because of asymmetries, such as an imbalance between matter and antimatter and the "handedness" (chirality) of molecules.
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
The James Webb Space Telescope finally could answer the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.
How do fireworks work? A pyrotechnics chemist explains the science behind the brilliant colors and sounds
If you put very fine black powder powder in a confined space it explodes in a cloud of heat, gas and noise.
∆G = ∆H - T∆S is one of the most abstract formulas in science, but it is also one of the most important. Without it, life cannot exist.
Life largely owes its existence to this equation. Be sure to hug your house plant today.
Purely physical and chemical processes can deceive us into thinking that life is present, when it actually is not.
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
There are over 100 known elements in the periodic table. These 8 ways of making them account for every one.
Put two grapes close together in a microwave and you'll get an electrifying result, all because of the physics of plasmas.
Asymmetric organocatalysis is an environmentally friendly way of accelerating chemical reactions and creating specific types of molecules.
Without Benjamin List and David MacMillan, chemists would still be using metals and enzymes to catalyze chemical reactions.
From wearable electronics to microscopic sensors to telemedicine, new advances like graphene and supercapacitors are bringing "impossible" electronics to life.
Scientists track down a puzzling early burst of oxygen on Earth.
Scientists look to erupted sea glass — lava that erupted in the ocean and was instantly chilled by the surrounding water — to take Earth's temperature.
Scientists do not know what is causing the overabundance of the gas.
Strange underwater icicles form in the Earth's coldest regions and freeze living organisms in place.