The ocean’s chemistry isn’t the same everywhere

A new study overturns a 130-year-old assumption about the chemistry of seawater. The main finding? It's not stay the same across the whole ocean.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Sept. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry oceans ecosystems earth-and-environment salt ions

Squeezing curium between diamonds yields a surprise

Scientists can manipulate curium, one of the heaviest known elements, to a greater degree than previously thought.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry science-and-technology crystals pressure

To make STEM more diverse, change general chemistry?

STEM students from underrepresented groups consistently get lower grades in intro chemistry courses, research finds. That gap has major consequences.

James Urton-Washington • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: education chemistry stem society-and-culture college-students race-and-ethnicity

‘Artificial Chemist’ learns to make best quantum dots in minutes

"Artificial Chemist is a truly autonomous system that can intelligently navigate through the chemical universe."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning chemistry artificial-intelligence quantum-dots nanotechnology material-science science-and-technology

System more sustainably models chemical reactions

A lab-based "intelligent microsystem" employs machine learning for modeling chemical reactions, researchers report.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability earth-and-environment catalysts

Method makes it easier to build carbs in the lab

Synthesizing carbohydrates remains challenging because they're complex molecules. New research could make things easier for labs.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry sugar science-and-technology

‘Tweezers’ show how particles evolve in the atmosphere

"The optical tweezers allow us to ... directly probe the dynamic evolution of all these critical properties of atmospheric particles and how they feedback on each other as each particle continues to evolve."

Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry pollution air-quality science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Team solves mystery of how 2D ice grows

How water vapor can transform directly into solid ice may one day lead to the design of materials that make ice removal more simple and less costly.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry water molecules ice science-and-technology

Platinum is great at splitting water for a surprise reason

Understanding why platinum is the best catalyst for splitting water could lead to cheaper ways to make hydrogen fuel.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: chemistry water hydrogen metals science-and-technology earth-and-environment renewable-fuels catalysts platinum

8 chemists toast the periodic table’s 150th birthday

For the 150th anniversary of the creation of the periodic table of elements, chemists pick their favorite elements and explain what makes them special.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: chemistry periodic-table featured science-and-technology elements

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