1. Chemistry

    Universe of Molecules

    For chemistry students, Molecular Universe offers a host of images, explanations, and other resources concerning molecules and chemical systems. Developed by Richard Catlow of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the site features lessons and material on protein folding, the molecular basis of taste, and many other topics. Go to:

  2. Chemistry

    Perfecting Porosity

    Researchers are designing novel porous materials that could clean up toxins, store gases, or catalyze difficult chemical reactions.

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    Chemists decorate nanotubes for usefulness

    Researchers have developed a new technique for attaching groups of atoms to the sides of carbon nanotubes, creating compounds with extraordinary strength and conductivity.

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    Hassium holds its place at the table

    Researchers have performed the first ever chemical studies on the element hassium.

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    Chemists make hard-to-catch molecules

    Chemists have devised a new way to stabilize highly reactive molecules called carbenes.

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    Molecular Chemistry Takes a New Twist

    New calculations show that a basic tenet of chemistry is wrong: Ethane forms its most stable structure not due to so-called steric effects, but because of a quantum mechanical influence.

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    Designer surface proves deadly to bacteria

    Researchers have made a surface coating that kills bacteria on contact in a novel way.

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    Cosmic Chemistry Gets Creative

    By simulating extraterrestrial impacts on Earth, researchers are firing away at the question of how life started.

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    Rocks May Have Given a Hand to Life

    In a new twist to the puzzle of how life developed from only left-handed amino acids, researchers have found that the common mineral calcite can segregate the molecules into their left-handed and right-handed varieties.

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    Liver cells thrive on novel silicon chips

    Researchers have coaxed finicky liver cells to grow on porous silicon chips, a feat that could lead to new medical treatments.

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    Leaden news for city neighborhoods

    Researchers have identified more than 400 urban sites that may be highly contaminated with lead but had remained unknown to authorities for decades.

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    Would you like wheat with that burger?

    Researchers have used wheat to make a biodegradable hamburger carton.