Microplastics are a type of pollution that is spreading across the globe. Very small particles of plastic come from many different sources, and end up in our water supply. What is microplastic?
Allotropic carbon forms have become a super-hot research item! One spectacular form is the diamondoid. Its importance ranges from the world of astronomy to the quantum world.
Sometimes small things produce big differences. Saccharides include starches, sugars and cellulose. What difference is there in these materials made of such similar starting materials?
All scientists are subject to bias – it happens in the best and worst of situations. One example of possible bias in the scientific community was the use of Laetrile as a harmless Anti-Cancer agent.
Many think that “New is better.” In technology, such thinking often proves true. But is it always the case? No. Consider pharmacology. New drugs promise improved health, a better quality of life. Yet negative side effects, some not having had sufficient time to surface, may discourage a medication’s use, perhaps even warranting its removal from […]
Reproducibility is a key to successful experimentation. Presently, there is a crisis in chemical and other scientific research: lack of reproducible results
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. But to them, not all water was created the same. They have preferences. Do these preferences involve leaf infusions?
Chemical reactions are characterized by change. Presently, techniques focus on reaction dynamics: bonding breaking and forming via Transition States
The Giant Hogweed is a hot topic in the U.S., U.K. and Europe, as well it should be! The chemistry of this plant produces horrific blisters that can kill.
Metals are often confusing. Let’s explore the definition of a metal through chemistry via the Periodic Table of the Elements.