The charge that develops when two materials are rubbed together is dependent on tiny fragments of the materials transferring onto each other
A food quality sensor that mimics the process occurring in an animal's nose
Contrary to accepted wisdom, scientists claim that arsenic could replace phosphorus in the DNA backbone and remain stable in water
Goverdhan Mehta talks to Sheena Elliott and Elinor Richards about the progress of science in India and the challenges scientists face
When a reaction speeds up in a microwave, is it down to the heat or the microwaves?
Dye-sensitised solar cells based on glass paper bonded to metal makes them highly bendable for a range of applications
Simple synthesis of natural product that can stop cell signalling pathway for cancer studies
Scientists have added a graphene layer to a polyethylene actuator to convert IR into energy to move the actuator
Dye particles woven into cloth to monitor oxygen levels
A device that harvests solar and movement energy could be incorporated in clothes, bags or flags
Carbon monoxide for therapeutic use could be administered safely in biocompatible carriers
A dual-purpose system degrades organic compounds in wastewater, powering a fuel cell that generates electricity
Cell functions can be controlled by inserting specific proteins into cells that respond to external cues
Further advances in a practical route to tetracycline antibiotics
A drug to treat retinal damage caused by diabetes could be delivered from a device implanted behind the eyes
New MOF catalysts can withstand boiling in acids and alkalis and temperatures of 510 degrees Celsius
Infrared spectroscopy could be used to look for signs of endometriosis
Scientists have replicated nuclear storage pond liquor to find a way to remove plutonium
A portable device to measure levels of contaminant in infant foods
A computer simulation could help scientists understand the processes that lead to breast cancer
Light therapy could be used to treat cancer after it has spread to other areas in the body
Water soluble carbon nanotubes can aid plant growth
A microfluidic device has been built into a compact disc for use in a personal computer to analyse cells
A protein found in the blood could be responsible for recurring pregnancy loss
A portable device to detect influenza is more accurate than current methods and can give a result in 30 minutes
A new model to calculate the cost of solar energy may give more accurate results than current models
Strychnine synthesis goes from 14 to six steps
Does gold need help from palladium to catalyse coupling?
Diones to target the herpes simplex virus and a nanocarrier delivery system
Metals in the body have been found to affect the performance of statin drugs
A zinc based sensor to detect artery hardening compounds in real blood samples
A sensor to gauge garlic strength for the food industry
Graphene-based solid acid catalysts could be a cheap alternative to sulfuric acid
A bacterial enzyme with a highly unusual mechanism may lead to a range of novel antibiotics.
Boron's rich polyhedral structural chemistry continues to excite chemists, as German researchers find new ways to predict the relative stabilities of heteroboranes.
A new non-destructive method for the detection of alkaloids in plant tissue has been developed by a team of US researchers.
Advances in the synthesis of ligands for use in rhodium-based catalysts could lead to industrially viable applications.
A remarkable molecular gearbox with potential applications in nanoscience and smart materials has been developed.
A polymer that forms helices when dissolved in water could lead to new materials for bio and electronic applications.
Combining two existing forms of breast cancer therapy could result in a safer and more efficient treatment.
A one step self-desymmetrising reaction forms complex molecules from simple substrates.
A new class of compounds for making yellow and violet dyes has been discovered by chemists in Germany.
Nanophotocatalysts are killing cancer and viruses by producing destructive oxygen species.
Getting inside silica channels