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Diabetics can have a "fruity" odor to their breath that indicates high glucose levels, and chemists at the University of Pittsburgh say this biomarker alone can diagnose the disease.
The compound, called huperzine A, is naturally found in Chinese moss, but it's slow-growing and on the verge of extinction. Scientists say making it in the lab could result in an extreme cost reduction.
Intended for use in food packaging, the paper contains a coating of silver nanoparticles already found in such items as medical ointments and odor-resistant socks.
Researchers are cooking up safer, more eco-friendly pyrotechnics.
Chemists could soon turn to a standardized set of instructions on how to program molecular interaction in a test tube or cell.
Chemists and engineers at Stanford say their synthetic material could help produce smarter prosthetics and resilient personal electronics that self-repair.
Scratch that itch. Chemists develop a spray-on substance that can identify the presence of urushiol, the oily sap on poison ivy that surely comes from the devil himself.
Chemists say they've manufactured a sheet that changes color when dipped in mercury-tainted water, and that taking a picture of the sheet with a mobile phone or digicam can quantify the toxin's concentration.
Chemists at UC Davis are reporting on a new self-cleaning cotton fabric that breaks down toxic chemicals and bacteria when exposed to light.
Chemists at Tufts are on their way to creating an entirely new class of devices to be used in medicine and engineering thanks to their development of the world's first single-molecule electric motor.