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Researchers imaged subtle motions of a molecule known as N-methyl morpholine when excited by UV light. Credit: Brown University / SLAC
Caught in the act: Images capture molecular motions in real time

July 24, 2019

Researchers have shot a “movie” of subtle molecular motions in unprecedented detail, shedding light on previously unseen chemical…
Single molecule puts sperm on track

May 6, 2019

Sperm start their sprint to the ovum when they detect changes in the environment through a series of…
JILA researchers make coldest quantum gas of molecules

February 27, 2019

JILA researchers have made a long-lived, record-cold gas of molecules that follow the wave patterns of quantum mechanics…
A reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. Illustration by Rong-Ming Ho
Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures

February 18, 2019

As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality —…
Creating attraction between molecules deep in the periodic table

January 25, 2019

Imagine a waterproof computer. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it may no longer be a pipedream…
Ebola-fighting protein discovered in human cells

December 27, 2018

Researchers have discovered a human protein that helps fight the Ebola virus and could one day lead to…
Mirror molecules can be created with innovative experimental scheme

November 9, 2018

Exploring the mystery of the molecular handedness in nature, scientists have proposed a new experimental scheme to create…
New Tools for Creating Mirrored Forms of Molecules

October 31, 2018

One of the biggest challenges facing synthetic chemists is how to make molecules of only a particular “handedness.”…
Novel corkscrew-laser technique can send molecules spinning rapidly about a selected axis

October 12, 2018

Modified optical centrifuge has potential to open up new ways for the study of superrotors. Using corkscrew-shaped laser…
Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas

August 7, 2018

The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes – which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity…
Identifying the building blocks for drug development

May 8, 2018

Biochemist Dr Jody Mason has been awarded a prestigious Pioneer Award from Cancer Research UK to work on a new…
Molecular prison forces diatomic inmates to cell floor

March 28, 2018

A team of scientists including Carnegie’s Tim Strobel and Venkata Bhadram now report unexpected quantum behavior of hydrogen…
Making renewable power more viable for the grid

October 12, 2017

Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting…
Unraveling the Genetics of Disc Disease in Dogs

October 12, 2017

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease — a common cause of back pain, rear limb…
Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

October 12, 2017

We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some…
Was the Primordial Soup a Hearty Pre-Protein Stew?

September 4, 2017

The primordial soup that sloshed around billions of years ago, and eventually led to first life on our…
Study reveals new insight into molecular mechanochemical reactions

August 4, 2017

Scientists from the Liverpool University’s Department of Chemistry have demonstrated that unlike macroscopic objects, molecules can be stretched…
Computer system predicts products of chemical reactions

June 28, 2017

Machine learning approach could aid the design of industrial processes for drug manufacturing. When organic chemists identify a…
One of Life’s Building Blocks Found around Infant Sun-like Stars

June 9, 2017

Our solar system is teeming with simple carbon-based molecules, the basic building blocks of life. If the conditions…
Study explores how bacteria survive human immune system

April 27, 2017

Scientists at the University of East Anglia and Institut de Biologie Structurale (CEA-CNRS-UGA, France) have identified the structure of NsrR,…
Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution

April 26, 2017

A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic…
Cancer diagnosis with a breath test

April 19, 2017

“Inhale deeply … and exhale.” This is what a test for lung cancer could be like in future.…
Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences

April 19, 2017

The structural properties of proteins that could eventually become important materials for manufacturing and medicine are revealed by…
Water, water everywhere … even in the air

April 18, 2017

Severe water shortages already affect many regions around the world, and are expected to get much worse as…
High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

April 18, 2017

MIT researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of…
Researchers observe heat exchange in an exotic material

April 18, 2017

In an article published in the journal Nature, physicists report the first ever observation of heat conductance in…
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules

April 4, 2017

University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers…
Marine bacteria produce molecule with links to climate

February 16, 2017

Scientists from the University of East Anglia and Ocean University China have discovered that tiny marine bacteria can…
Research to help fight multi-resistant bacteria

February 15, 2017

An international collaboration led by scientists from The University of Western Australia has uncovered the three-dimensional molecular structure…
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change

February 15, 2017

Over many thousands of years, farmers have bred maize varieties so the crops are optimally adapted to local…
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