C&EN – To mark last month’s independence day celebrations, C&EN looks back at the country’s struggles.
Nature – Slow, solid-state reactions used by lichens and Renaissance pigment-makers could help to make chemistry greener.
Discover – Carbon dioxide, the bane of climate change, can serve a positive role to boost geothermal energy output.
Nature – Chemists hope to break China’s monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore.
Science – Researchers have made solar cells in several colors that still perform efficiently.
Science – Researchers have created a new cloth that warms up with just a bit of electricity and traps body heat more efficiently than standard cotton fabric.
Science – Scientists are reporting a combination of six chemicals that lure and trap bedbugs by mimicking a pheromone.
Science – A newly designed polarizer with much higher energy efficiency could help to extend devices’ battery lives.
Science – Researchers report that they have designed new plastics that break down upon exposure to light.
Boston University News Service – “Take your pen, do this.” Nicole Noll said as she reached into her backpack for a pen, and placed it horizontally between her teeth. “Don’t let your lips touch it.”
I did as she demonstrated. Noll and I were in the Harvard Science Center, sitting in the first-floor hallway. As we held our pens in our teeth, two men passed by and gave us puzzled looks.