Chemistry in the News
What plants can teach us about oil spill clean-up, microfluidics
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:13:15 EDT
For years, scientists have been inspired by nature to innovate solutions to tricky problems, even oil spills -- manmade disasters with devastating environmental and economic consequences. A new study takes a cue from leaf structure to fabricate material that can separate oil and water, which could lead to safer and more efficient oil spill clean-up methods.
Low-tech, affordable solutions to improve water quality
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:34:43 EDT
Clever, fundamental engineering could go a long way toward preventing waterborne illness and exposure to carcinogenic substances in water.
Vegetable compound could have a key role in 'beeting' Alzheimer's disease
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:44:14 EDT
A compound in beets that gives the vegetable its distinctive red color could help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists say this could lead to the development of drugs that could alleviate some of the long-term effects of the disease, the world's leading cause of dementia.
Continuously killing bacteria on coated stainless steel -- add bleach to recharge
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:44:00 EDT
Stainless steel is the gold standard for kitchen appliances and cookware, but bacteria can grow on these surfaces, contaminating food. Current coatings available on the market are pricey and potentially harmful, so scientists have now developed an affordable specialized polymer coating for such surfaces that they can recharge with bleach treatments.
Tiny gels sop up intestinal toxins
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:43:57 EDT
Bacterial infections that target the intestine can cause conditions that range from uncomfortable to deadly. While it's easy to blame the bacteria, it's actually the toxins the bacteria produce that trigger inflammation, diarrhea, fever and cramps. Researchers now report the development of a microgel scavenger that targets toxins instead of bacteria.