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Making Plastic PCBs with a Laser Cutter and Chemicals

The ever-clever Ben Krasnow experiments with printing plastic “electroless” PCBs on a 3D printer and laser cutter.
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4 Ways Chemistry Is Making Our Food Safer, Better, and More Abundant

Although food scientists often explore new technologies to reduce the percentage of hungry people in the world today, many also have future-oriented mindsets and look at possibilities that could solve food challenges for future generations. Recently, there have been fascinating advances in the chemistry sector that could make progress toward that goal. Paper-based test for […]

3D Print Your Own Tactile Measuring Tools for the Visually Impaired

Tactile tools help students with visual impairments better understand and measure 3-Dimensional objects. You can 3D print some of your own.
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Why Your Smartphone’s Battery Sucks Is Finally Revealed

When it comes to modern consumer electronics, we all seem to be obsessed with finding an electrical outlet to charge up. That’s because the lithium-ion batteries that power our smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets have a performance problem: with each charge, they become less efficient, eventually becoming too unstable to function. Now chemists from Texas A&M have uncovered what causes batteries to slowly die: instead of flowing freely, electrons coupled to lithium ions are getting… read more

Scientists Unearth Key Evolutionary Link in Proteins

Researchers recently made an important discovery in protein science that will advance our understanding of the inner workings of cells. In an article published in Scientific Reports, the team said they found a critical evolutionary link between a protein’s structure and its function. Like tiny molecular machines, proteins handle a variety of functions from transporting chemicals to breaking food down into nutrients. The vast range of protein function is possible because of their unique gene-encoded sequence of amino acids, which affects the three-dimensional shape that folded protein chains adopt. To better understand them, researchers have sequenced and resolved a huge number of protein structures. Currently,… read more

Why Can’t We Predict When a Volcano Will Erupt?

We started 2016 with a bang. Both Chile and Indonesia saw a clutch of volcanoes erupting after laying dormant for a decade or more. This followed an eruption in April… read more
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“You Just Sunk My Copernicium!” Playing Periodic Table Battleship

Teach your kids about the wonders of the periodic table with this easy and fun version of Battleship
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From Bosons to Bigfoot: 6 Science Mysteries That Might Be Solved in 2016

From the origin of life to the fate of the universe, there’s plenty scientists simply don’t know. But they are making progress. 2015 has been a great year for science:… read more
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We’re Fast Approaching a World Where Nothing Is Scarce—Even Diamonds

What’s more scarce than perfect diamonds, right? Wrong. This week, a new company called Diamond Foundry announced that it is able to “grow” hundreds of perfect, “real” diamonds (up to… read more

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This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Apr 4)

Surviving another April Fool’s on the web requires effort and some just ignore the Internet for the day. Fortunately, we’ve filtered through all the excessive nonsense to find some true gems in the midst… read more