Nobel Laureate Finds Scientific Mistake On Turkish Banknote

Nobel Laureate Finds Scientific Mistake On Turkish Banknote

Professor Aziz Sancar has a very geeky problem with Turkey’s five lira banknote. Last year, the Turkish-American biochemist earned a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work that mapped the process of DNA repair. Since the note features a DNA double helix, it’s fair to say he’s probably right. Professor Sancar was recently giving a series of…

How Microbes Make Methane

How Microbes Make Methane

The production of methane by diverse species of microorganisms is among the most important biological processes on Earth. Remarkably, the mechanism through which such a vital reaction occurs has been unknown until now. The discovery may lead to ways to enhance the speed with which the reaction occurs, when that is what we want, and…

MDMA Levels In Ecstasy Tablets Are Now Higher Than Ever

MDMA Levels In Ecstasy Tablets Are Now Higher Than Ever

Five years ago, an analysis of ecstasy pills across Europe found that the majority contained absolutely no MDMA, the psychoactive ingredient from which the drug derives its name. However, in a staggering turnaround, MDMA levels are now soaring across the continent – and quite possibly the world – largely due to the development of new synthetic…

Edible Silk Coating Stops Fruit And Veg Going Moldy

Edible Silk Coating Stops Fruit And Veg Going Moldy

We’ve all made the mistake of buying a bunch of bananas that’s just a little too big, and then finding ourselves in a race against time to eat them all before they go brown. Fortunately, the days of having to use our mushy leftovers for banana bread could soon be over, after a team of researchers…

This Is What Happens If You Chuck Half A Kilo Of Sodium Into A Lake

This Is What Happens If You Chuck Half A Kilo Of Sodium Into A Lake

Adding sodium to water is a stable of high-school chemistry classrooms. If you’ve seen it before, it’s usually done with tiny nuggets of sodium and a puny water bath, for fairly sensible reasons. Well, this video by EatsTooMuchJam shows what happens when you sling a frisbee made out of 0.45 kilograms (1 pound) of sodium into a river….

Watch What Happens If You Fill A Balloon With Liquid Nitrogen

Watch What Happens If You Fill A Balloon With Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid nitrogen is around -195.8°C (-320.4°F), i.e. very, very cold. While it’s usually used to freeze warts or for cryopreservation, YouTuber Grant Thompson – “The King of Random” – wondered what would happen if you put it in a balloon. You might expect a fairly lackluster reaction of the balloon fraying or cracking with the intense chill, but the results are…

Nano-Silver Has A Golden Side

photo credit: Silver atoms at the vertices (green) and faces (purple) of an icosahedron, with sulfur (yellow) and carbon (green) forming ligands around the central superatom, acts almost identically to gold in the same format. Credit: Osman Bakr, KAUST Share on facebook19 Share on twitter8 Share on reddit Share on google_plusone_share More Sharing Services Alchemists…