How You Can Make Graphene at Home in Your Blender

Graphene may be the supermaterial to rule them all—but it turns out you can make it at home. In your kitchen blender. Here's how. Read More >>

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This is What it Looks Like When a Liquid Simultaneously Freezes and Boils

In thermodynamics, there's a concept known as triple point: it's a combination of temperature and pressure where a substance can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, all at the same time. This is what it looks like. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created Bio-Rocket Fuel

For those of you concerned that rockets, jet fighters and the like aren't environmentally friendly, some good news: scientists have worked out how to use bacteria to create rocket fuel. Read More >>

Your Bones Don't Shatter Because They're Full of Goo

Many of us have suffered from broken bones, but it's rare, outside of the most serious accidents, for bones to ever shatter. Now, researchers have worked out why: because our bones, it turns out, are filled with goo. Read More >>

MIT's Living E. Coli Materials Could Provide Self-Aware Surfaces

Researchers at MIT have been busy creating a new type of biofilms—sheets of living E. Coli cells combined with materials such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots—that could provide large, self-aware surfaces. Read More >>

Disordered Hyperuniformity: A Weird New State of Matter in Chicken Eyes

Despite what you learned in school, there are way more than four states of matter. One possible new one, disordered hyperuniformity, was recently found in the weirdest place – the eyes of chickens. Read More >>

This Pretty Gel is a Smart Tag That Changes Colour When Food Spoils

Thanks to what looks like a little square of jelly, you could tell your milk has gone bad without even opening the (gross-smelling) container. The gel is actually a nanorod-embedded smart tag that changes from red to green, mimicking the growth of bacteria in milk without touching it. Read More >>

Why Toothpaste Makes Things Taste So Awful

You may think it might be the common mint flavour of toothpaste clashing with other flavours, but in the case of orange juice and many other things, this isn't actually what's going on. The culprit here is thought to be two compounds almost universally added to toothpastes: sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, which are anionic surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of water. Read More >>

How the Elements Got Their Names

From Hydrogen to Ununoctium, all of the elements have names, some more crazy than other. But where did they come from? Read More >>

This Graphene Nanoribbon Conducts Electricity Insanely Fast

You're looking a ribbon of graphene that's just one atom thick and fifteen atoms wide—and it could help shift data thousands of times faster than anything else currently can. Read More >>

Would You Live in a House of Bricks Made from Pee and Bacteria?

To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and some really concentrated pee? Read More >>

All-Natural Bananas are Filled With Chemicals

The next time you're peeling a fresh, organic, "all-natural" banana just remember: it's filled with tonnes of chemicals! But don't worry, so is everything else. Read More >>

This Is the World's First Working Cell Made From Plastic

Scientists have long been toiling to create artificial life, managing to produce man-made cell walls and even synthetic DNA. But now, a team of chemists has produced a functioning cell made from polymers. Read More >>

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How the Carbon Cycle Dictates Our Lives

The truth is: both. We've got a lot to be grateful for when it comes to carbon, but we also ought not pump too much more into the atmosphere. In this video, Crash Course describes the the complex Global Carbon Cycle and how it all works—from Carbon Fixation to Redox Reactions. [Crash Course] Read More >>

5 Crazy Places We Can Go Looking for Diamonds

Hold on to your engagement rings. Diamonds, according to an industry report, are falling off a supply cliff in 2018. As existing diamond mines are depleted even as worldwide demand increases—thanks, especially to a newly rich Asia—three months wages might soon buy you a much punier rock. Read More >>

Explosive Pyrotechnic Pie is Dangerous For More Than Just Your Diet

If you've been hunting for the perfect dessert that will leave a lasting impression on your dinner guests, look no further than this recipe/experiment. The ingredients in your typical pumpkin pie aren't that far off from a chemical mix known as Rocket Candy that's typically made from sugar and an oxidiser like potassium nitrate. Read More >>


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