A bacterium that turns toxic chemicals into solid gold

Canadian scientists have discovered a tiny alchemist in disguise, the bacterium Delftia acidovorans. When this microbe is infused within a toxic mixture of water-soluble gold, it excretes a molecule that both protects it from the elements while also transforming the poisonous ions into solid nanoscale gold particles.… » 2/04/13 7:20am 2/04/13 7:20am

Melting down Nobel Prizes to buy bullets and dissolving the awards to…

Winning the Nobel Prize brings with it a diploma, cash award, and a 200 gram medal made of gold. Each medal is specially cast for the winner, emblazoned with his or her name. » 3/31/12 12:30pm 3/31/12 12:30pm

A handful of Nobel Prizes met an unusual end – fodder for the treasury of countries during World War I and II. his 1934 Nobel Prize in…

With plasmonics, light can penetrate solid sheets of metal

Every day, the world finds another way to show us that, once we work on a level that's small enough, nothing makes sense. Things we take for granted no longer happen. For instance, say you're lying in bed in the early morning sunlight - or, no judgment, the late afternoon sunlight. If all that daytime starts bothering… » 2/14/11 7:30am 2/14/11 7:30am