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10 Awesome Science Experiments to Watch

Check out this video of 10 really cool science experiments done by Home Science.  While these are really cool to watch, don’t try them at home as many of them use chemicals and fire! Jet engine in a jar Traveling flame Soapy water and gas Drain cleaner and aluminium foil reaction Brake fluid and pool […]

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New metal composite floats on water

A new metal matrix composite that combines light weight with strength and heat resistance could be used in marine vessels within three years, say its developers. The researchers behind the new metal matrix syntactic foam, from Deep Springs Technology (DST) and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU), have published details of their […]

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Text messages coded into booze vapor

A team of scientists from the UK (University of Warwick) and Canada (York University) have demonstrated a system to code any generic message into evaporated alcohol molecules. The researchers believe their molecular communications system, which works in a similar fashion to how animals communicate with pheromones, could be used for the transmission of messages and […]

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Cheap and simple desalination unit runs from battery

Using a small electrical field that removes the salts from seawater, German and American scientists have invented a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes much less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional desalination techniques. The new technique, known as electrochemically mediated seawater desalination, is described in the journal Angewandte Chemie. To […]

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Bucky ball “cage” imprisons smaller molecules

A quantum parlor trick where smaller molecules are “caged” inside the nano-meter sized cavity of a spherical bucky ball (C60 Buckminsterfullerene) molecule could point the way to advanced molecular electronics, say scientists from The University of Nottingham. As well as The University of Nottingham, the work also involved scientists from the US, Japan, France, Estonia […]

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Entropy the major player in chirality conundrum

Why many of the important molecules in our bodies almost always occur in just one chiral form (either right or left handed) when they could potentially exist in either is a mystery that has confounded researchers for years. This mirror-image phenomenon – or “handedness” – has captured the imagination of a UCLA research group led […]

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Top chemical suspects in autism identified

US medical researchers have published their list of the top 10 chemicals believed to be implicated in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Compiled by medicos from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the report also calls for increased research to identify other suspect environmental toxins and the […]

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Water not necessary for life?

The proteins that are vital to living creatures evolved in Earth’s water-rich environment and it was thought that water was vital for proteins to function, but some intriguing new findings from the University of Bristol (UK) challenge this dogma. Proteins consist of one or more polypeptides (chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds) […]

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