Silicon melts when it gets colder...and that strange fact could…

It seems like a basic fact of nature: solids melt into liquids as they get warmer. But a few materials melt as they cool down - and that fact could help us make better solar cells and computer chips. » 8/02/10 1:23pm 8/02/10 1:23pm

New ultra-battery is the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage ever

What do you get when you combine some xenon, some fluoride, and pressures similar to those found at the center of the Earth? You get an ultra-battery, capable of storing more condensed energy than any other battery ever built. » 7/05/10 10:31am 7/05/10 10:31am

Meet the new breed of giant molecule that's bigger than a virus!

Rydberg atoms are giant, excited atoms in which an electron travels far away from the nucleus. Scientists now believe these atoms can form molecules so huge that a virus could fit completely inside - and exist in two configurations simultaneously! » 6/04/10 3:00pm 6/04/10 3:00pm

New, Ancient Way Of Making Oxygen Discovered

Dutch bacteria have a previously unknown method to produce oxygen. The process uses methane and nitric oxide, it might predate the development of photosynthesis by hundreds of millions of years, and it could allow life to survive on other planets. » 3/26/10 11:00am 3/26/10 11:00am

Nano Droplet of Acid Solves Ozone Depletion Mystery

Last week a group of scientists reported in Science that they had created the tinest droplet of acid ever produced on Earth. It was created within a superfluid helium cluster at 0.37 kelvin. Observing this ultra-small acid drop allowed researchers to study how such droplets interact with water in our atmosphere to… » 6/25/09 3:53pm 6/25/09 3:53pm

Scientists Create Fuel "More Dense Than The Core of the Sun"

It could be the perfect nuclear fuel. It generates energy via laser-enabled fusion. It has no radioactive byproducts. Has a group of Swedish researchers found the ultimate form of renewable energy for the 21st century? » 5/13/09 3:29pm 5/13/09 3:29pm

They're Putting Anti-Aging Enzymes in the Water

Click to viewWithin about 10 years, you might be drinking anti-aging enzymes with your bottled water. California biochemists have a plan to keep the world younger and healthier by using nanotech to deliver an enzyme called CoQ10 to our drinking water. This coenzyme is naturally produced by the body, but in smaller and… » 7/29/08 2:15pm 7/29/08 2:15pm

The Periodic Table of Elements, in Videos

What do you get when you mix a frizzy-haired, grandfatherly chemist with his younger, cackling, explosion-loving sidekick? The Periodic Table of Videos! Put together by a team at the University of Nottingham in the UK, this gargantuan effort of 118 short vids chronicled everything from Hydrogen (very explosive) to… » 7/18/08 10:00am 7/18/08 10:00am

Green Explosives Save the World Through Sustainable Warfare

If you're worried about the environment but still need to blow people up, a new class of nitrogen-based bomb materials is for you. Popular explosives like TNT and HMX react to form nitrogen oxides when detonated, the major culprits behind smog and acid rain. This is a big no-no if you're the type of warmonger who… » 5/28/08 9:30am 5/28/08 9:30am