Chemistry

If you’re a gardener, this is the time of year where you might be drowning in an abundance of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Don’t worry; if you’re getting tired of caprese salad and tomato sauce you can turn them into car parts. In June, the Ford Motor Company announced a partnership with Heinz to develop a plastic...

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California have found a way to “switch on” a calorie-burning process in brown fat cells. The study, which was reported on in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at a process known as “brown fat thermogenesis.” Most of our fat cells are...

Those of us of a “certain age” may soon be more often reminded of our high school and college days as wafts of “hippie smell” become more common. That’s because large volumes of patchouli oil are about to be synthetically produced, allowing it to be used on a larger scale in common consumer products. Patchouli oil,...

In many a garden around the world, lettuce is a prized produce. With crisp leaves and hearty in nutrients, lettuce is a ubiquitous ingredient in submarine sandwiches to Brunswick stew and everything in between. And as with any other agricultural product, lettuce depends on healthy doses of soil, water and sunlight for photosynthesis. But what happens when...

Scientists were surprised to make the discovery of an ancient tundra landscape beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, two miles beneath the ice. They have long believed that glaciers work in a similar manner to a belt sander, scraping off everything as they move. According to the science article printed in Science Daily news, the discovery...

A new method has been developed to allow scientists to modify organic molecules that will have a significant impact on the possibility for developing new pharmaceuticals, as well as making existing ones better. A Science Daily news article explains that the innovation made by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has made it easier...

 According to an article in Scientific American, U.K. researchers performed a PLOS ONE study on the effects of caffeine prior to endurance sports. What they discovered by examining 50 male coffee drinkers was that those who drink caffeinated coffee in quantities of about four cups daily did not dehydrate them any more than drinking an...

A new study gives hope to those individuals who suffer from blindness caused by progressive degeneration of photoreceptors in the eyes. These rods and cones are the source of blinding diseases which include retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. A science article in Science Daily news reports on a study performed by Dr. Richard Kramer...

All those plastic bags that you bring home from the grocery store may turn out to be useful. Not only do they clutter homes, but there is also an abundance of them on land and at sea. Now, scientists have found that these bags can be converted to diesel, natural gas and other petroleum products....

The rules of chemistry have been well understood for ages. It's also known that under extreme conditions of temperature/pressure that these rules aren't always followed, creating unusual chemical variations. Assumptions inherent in the rules of classical chemistry may break down under extreme high-energy conditions and allow for chemical configurations that couldn't be formed normally. A recent...