What are the consequences of unintentionally medicating wildlife against anxiety and depression? Ida Emilie Steinmark reports.
Swallow this – serving up the food industry’s darkest secrets
Hard to stomach.
Dating the age of humans
Physical science is helping archaeologists close in on the real answers behind the mysteries of human evolution, finds Ida Emilie Steinmark.
On the origin of cheeses
Can chemists uncover who invented the wheel?
Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance.
Ants sniff out subtle chemical differences to navigate social hierarchies
Detectors on their antennae even allow the insects to tell enantiomers apart.
Bee immune system discovery points way to pollinator ‘vaccines’
Molecular mechanism in the bee immune system could save populations in decline.
Unique compounds let earthworms finish off leaves
Chemicals reduce toxicity of plant polyphenols and allow worms to recycle leaves, improving soil fertility.
First isolation of stable solid-state bismuth radical
Elusive paramagnetic species has been characterised by both EPR and x-ray crystallography.
Phosphorescent ‘butterfly’ molecules’ glow tuned
Colours of dual light emissions can be controlled by design.
Kirigami graphene makes microscale devices
Ancient Japanese folding and cutting art form used to create functional springs and hinges.
Expert wiki to expose low-quality chemical probes
Trip Advisor-like project will fight use of poor probes contaminating the literature.
Elusive fermion found at long last
Experimental observation of Weyl fermions in a tantalum arsenide crystal ends search after 86 years.
X-ray emitting bacterial plasmas could enhance imaging
Bacteria found to be an excellent raw material to generate high-intensity x-rays for medical and analytical uses.
Phthalate replacements linked to child health problems
Levels of two plasticisers in children found to correlate with higher blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Isotopic analysis suggests iron in banded rock formations can be traced back to ancient bacteria.
Tattoo removers donate laser to the Vatican
A UK tattoo removal company is donating one of its lasers to help clean up sculptures in the Vatican.
Molecular machinery behind circadian clock’s ticking revealed
Slow motion chemistry keeps clock running on 24 hour cycle.
Fruity alternative to toxic insecticides
Compound used as food additive found to repel damaging fruit fly pest.