Carbon, It’s Elementary, Dear Reader
Chemistry:A selection of illustrations from the new book Carbon, One Atom’s Odyssey.
We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others
Music:Music reminds us why going solo goes against our better nature.
Why We Need More Intellectually Promiscuous Scientists
When Thomas Steitz, Ada Yonath, and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research, in 2009, they acknowledged a debt. Without the work of two of the Physics Laureates that year, the chemists would have lacked the CCD detectors, or high-quality imaging hardware, they used to model and image ribosomes, […]
Authenticity in the Age of the Fake
Chemistry:As science blurs the real and unreal, we are learning to distinguish them in new ways.
When Dating Algorithms Can Watch You Blush
Psychology:The next generation of dating algorithms will use real-life interactions.
Why Fireworks Displays Can’t Include a Perfect Red, White, and Blue
“Mother Nature can be a handful when she wants to be,” says John Conkling, the former technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association and a professor emeritus of chemistry at Washington College. Except he used a stronger, more colorful word than “handful.” When it comes to fireworks, “she just doesn’t want to give you that […]
Five Things We Still Don’t Know About Water
Chemistry:From steam to ice, water continues to mystify.
The Executioner We Can’t Live Without
Chemistry:You’re dead meat without special molecules that kill rotten proteins.
Whiskey Can’t Hide Its Age Either
Chemistry:Anxious distillers are trying to make bourbon old before its time.