What if natural products came with a list of ingredients?

Processed foods are notorious for their jaw-droppingly long lists of chemical-laden ingredients, each one sounding worse than the last. But as these detailed infographics show, even the simplest of foods are anything but. » 1/17/14 2:20pm 1/17/14 2:20pm

The tragic life of the man who invented nylon

Wallace Carothers didn't live long. He didn't even live long enough to see his most famous invention put to work. But he did leave a lasting impression - especially on women's legs. » 7/14/13 8:00am 7/14/13 8:00am

Tomorrow's Material World is Being Built at the Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry sounds like a laboratory out of a science fiction story, but it's as real as the rubber gloves sticking out of this metal-organic chemical vapor deposition tool. Last weekend, I went on a tour of this UC Berkeley facility, where scientists and entrepreneurs work at nanoscale, literally rebuilding… » 4/04/13 4:58pm 4/04/13 4:58pm

How to synthesize Sudafed from crystal meth

Are you at your wits end over how hard it is to get your hands on some decent decongestant these days? The fact that Sudafed can be used to produce N-Methylamphetamine (aka crystal meth) has made the act of purchasing the stuff seem next-to-impossible as of late. The cold medicine has become so highly regulated that… » 2/28/12 1:59pm 2/28/12 1:59pm