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  • November 30, 2015
  • 08:01 AM

How Spicy Would You Like That Chemotherapy?

by Shane Caldwell in Helical Translations

A molecule from chili peppers can be modified to bind to a protein involved in cancer progression. How would a molecule similar to hot pepper spice be used to fight cancer?... Read more »

  • December 19, 2014
  • 12:05 PM

The Chemistry of Christmas

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

What are the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the textures that you associate with Christmas? Perhaps it is Christmas trees with their lovely green shape, color and wonderful pine smell. Maybe it’s the smells of cooking, the savory smells of turkey or the sweet smell of warm cookies. Or what about all of the cozy feelings you get with big sweaters or a roaring fire? Did you know that there is a lot of chemistry that goes into all of the senses we associate with this holiday?I was browsing t........ Read more »

Jackson, D., & Dicks, A. (2012) The Five Senses of Christmas Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 89(10), 1267-1273. DOI: 10.1021/ed300231z  

  • August 1, 2014
  • 07:51 AM

Catalyst Promises Commercially Viable Hydrogen Production

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Rutgers researchers have developed a new catalyst for commercially viable hydrogen production. It is based on carbon nanotubes and performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum-based catalysts.... Read more »

  • July 23, 2014
  • 06:51 PM

Lanthanum-Based Perovskite Materials to Improve Fuel Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) have studied the effects of using lanthanum-based perovskite ceramic contact materials in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).... Read more »

  • June 2, 2014
  • 05:51 PM

Coatings Stabilize Semiconductors for Use in Solar Fuel Generators

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Caltech researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have devised a method for protecting common semiconductors like silicon and gallium arsenide from corrosion. The finding paves the way for the use of these materials in solar fuel generators.... Read more »

  • May 20, 2014
  • 10:35 AM

Smart Coatings to Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of “fracking”—in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale—there’s a need for easy, quick ways to separate oil and water. Now, scientists have developed coatings that can do just that.... Read more »

  • May 15, 2014
  • 06:18 PM

Nanoparticles Make Biofuel Refining Faster and Cleaner

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.... Read more »

  • April 17, 2014
  • 11:39 AM

Cheap, Abundant, Low-Toxic Photocatalyst Discovered

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A research group at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS’s Environmental Remediation Materials Unit discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen from water.... Read more »

Manikandan, M., Tanabe, T., Li, P., Ueda, S., Ramesh, G., Kodiyath, R., Wang, J., Hara, T., Dakshanamoorthy, A., Ishihara, S.... (2014) Photocatalytic Water Splitting under Visible Light by Mixed-Valence Sn O . ACS Applied Materials , 6(6), 3790-3793. DOI: 10.1021/am500157u  

  • October 2, 2013
  • 09:45 AM

Programming language for biochemistry

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

Computer scientists that think of nature as literally computing, often take the stance that biological organisms are nothing more than protein interaction networks. For example, this is the stance that Leslie Valiant (2009) takes when defining ecorithms: biology is just a specialization of computer science focused on evolvable circuits. User @exploderator summarized the realist computational […]... Read more »

Chen, Y.J., Dalchau, N., Srinivas, N., Phillips, A., Cardelli, L., Soloveichik, D., & Seelig, G. (2013) Programmable chemical controllers made from DNA. Nature nanotechnology. PMID: 24077029  

  • August 12, 2013
  • 02:16 PM

Electron ‘Spin’ Control Promises More Efficient Organic Solar Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

An organic or “plastic” solar cell is a type of a solar cell made with polymers that converts light to electricity using carbon-based molecules. These solar cells have not yet been to match the efficiency of their silicon-based counterparts. Now, researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a synthetic, high-performance polymer that behaves differently from other tested materials and could make inexpensive, highly efficient organic solar cells a reality.... Read more »

Akshay Rao, Philip C. Y. Chow, Simon Gélinas, Cody W. Schlenker, Chang-Zhi Li, Hin-Lap Yip, Alex K.-Y. Jen, David S. Ginger, Richard H. Friend. (2013) The role of spin in the kinetic control of recombination in organic photovoltaics. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature12339  

  • June 6, 2013
  • 06:25 PM

Scientists Develop Cheap and Efficient Nanostructured-Carbon-Based Catalyst

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles.... Read more »

  • July 6, 2012
  • 02:20 PM

Meet the NanoPutians

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

It is always nice to be reminded that science can have a sense of humor. For instance, I know that biology has a long history of naming insects after famous people including movie stars (such as the dolichopodid fly Campsicnemius charliechaplini), writers (like the dinosaur Serendipaceratops arthurclarkei), musicians (such as the trilobites Avalachurus lennoni, A. starri, and Struszia mccartneyi), science educators (like the land snail Crikey steveirwini), and even fictional characters (such ........ Read more »

Stephanie H. Chanteau, & James M. Tour. (2003) Synthesis of Anthropomorphic Molecules:  The NanoPutians. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 68(23), 8750-8766. DOI: 10.1021/jo0349227  

  • May 10, 2012
  • 10:59 AM

Life, Bit by Bit

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

In a previous post, I’ve alluded to the issues we’re facing in defining (the conditions for) life. Also, the question of how to look for it was raised. After all, it might be substantially different from what we know. Now, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 30, 2012
  • 05:36 AM

Researchers One Step Closer to Giving Robots the Ability to “Feel”

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

A particular area of interest I have is the the use of robots in space exploration so I try to keep an eye out for interesting developments within the robotics field to share with you guys. I came across a recently released research paper dealing with mechanical stimuli and thought this might be of interest to [...]... Read more »

  • August 15, 2011
  • 01:13 AM

Scent of a Woman

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

At seventeen I discovered the perfume that would become my signature scent. It’s a warm, rich, inviting fragrance[i] that reminds me (and hopefully others) of a rose garden in full bloom. Despite this fullness, it’s light enough to wear all day and it’s been in the background of many of my life experiences. It announces [...]

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  • May 28, 2011
  • 10:03 AM

Can we target antivirals to the host cell?

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix

Two papers published recently explore the idea of targeting antiviral compounds to the host cell using high-throughput organic synthesis and an in vitro screen. Both groups identify a single novel inhibitor of virus replication and both are host specific.  One paper goes further and identifies the target and also the in vivo potential of this compound. These papers highlight the hopes and pitfalls of targeting the host cell against viruses while shedding light on the basic biology of these ........ Read more »

  • May 13, 2011
  • 11:02 AM

Fungus yields new prescription drug for multiple sclerosis

by David J Kroll in Science-Based Medicine

The following post appeared earlier this week at my Chemical & Engineering News CENtral Science blog, Terra Sigillata. For some odd reason – perhaps this week’s frantic academic schedule of commencement activities – it was not highly read there. I thought that our Science-Based Medicine readers would appreciate it because this new prescription drug is [...]... Read more »

  • May 11, 2011
  • 09:02 AM

Fingolimod (Gilenya; Novartis) for Multiple Sclerosis

by David J Kroll in Terra Sigillata

A very well-written review of an orally-active drug for multiple sclerosis has just appeared in the April 25th issue of the Journal of Natural Products, a publication of ACS in conjunction with the American Society of Pharmacognosy. The review, Fingolimod (FTY720): A Recently Approved Multiple Sclerosis Drug Based on a Fungal Secondary Metabolite, is co-authored [...]... Read more »

  • January 10, 2011
  • 12:55 PM

Environmentally Friendly Alkyl Halide Synthesis from Alcohols

by Michael Long in Phased

A very common chemical conversion (important to pharmaceutical and other syntheses), which in its most gentle application generates much waste, has now been rendered far more environmentally friendly.... Read more »

Dai, C., Narayanam, J. M. R., & Stephenson, C. R. J. (2011) Visible-light-mediated conversion of alcohols to halides. Nature Chemistry. DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.949  

  • January 7, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

Finding an Alzheimer’s Drug From Scratch

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

Pharmaceutical companies sometimes get a bad rap, but most people don’t realize just how labor/money-intensive the process of drug discovery is.  A recent paper offers a little glimpse at the process – although this research was done by chemists at … Continue reading →... Read more »

MacMillan, K., Naidoo, J., Liang, J., Melito, L., Williams, N., Morlock, L., Huntington, P., Estill, S., Longgood, J., Becker, G.... (2011) Development of Proneurogenic, Neuroprotective Small Molecules. Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja108211m  

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