Chemistry

  1. plastic revolver
    Science & Society

    3-D printed ‘ghost guns’ pose new challenges for crime-scene investigators

    Researchers are analyzing the ballistics of 3-D printed guns and the plastic they leave behind to help forensic scientists track these DIY weapons.

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  2. Temple Scroll
    Humans

    The longest Dead Sea Scroll sports a salt finish that the others lack

    A newly discovered salty lamination on the Temple Scroll could help explain why the ancient manuscript’s parchment is remarkably bright.

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  3. mini chemical lab
    Tech

    A mini chemical lab could one day test for toxic nerve agents in the field

    Portable lab equipment that detects nerve agents could help judge when it’s safe to return to previously exposed areas.

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  4. Earth illustration
    Earth

    How ancient oceans of magma may have boosted Earth’s oxygen levels

    Chemical reactions involving iron could have increased the amount of oxygen-rich compounds in the early Earth’s mantle, lab experiments suggest.

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  5. chair with flame resistant tag
    Chemistry

    Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

    Flame retardants created from plant materials could be less harmful to the environment than traditional flame-smothering chemicals.

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  6. carbon ring
    Chemistry

    Chemists have created and imaged a new form of carbon

    A new molecule takes its place among buckyballs, carbon nanotubes and other odd forms of carbon.

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  7. diamonds
    Earth

    Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth’s oldest unchanged material

    Primordial rock deep in the mantle and dating to just after Earth’s formation could yield insights about the planet’s formation and evolution

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  8. skunk
    Chemistry

    A fungus makes a chemical that neutralizes the stench of skunk spray

    A compound produced by fungi reacts with skunk spray to form residues that aren’t offensive to the nose and can be more easily washed away.

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  9. microplastic particles
    Tech

    Tiny magnetic coils could help break down microplastic pollution

    Carbon nanotubes designed to release plastic-eroding chemicals could clear the long-lasting trash from waterways.

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  10. microdroplets
    Chemistry

    Droplets of these simple molecules may have helped kick-start life on Earth

    Simple molecules called alpha hydroxy acids form cell-sized structures in conditions mimicking early Earth chemistry.

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  11. Langoustine claws
    Chemistry

    How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

    Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.

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  12. calcite crystals
    Chemistry

    Carbon plays a starring role in the new book ‘Symphony in C’

    In Symphony in C, geophysicist Robert Hazen explores carbon’s ancient origins, its role in life and its importance in the modern world.

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