An international team of researchers has developed a dynamic surface with reconfigurable topography that can sculpt and re-sculpt microscale to macroscale features, change its friction and slipperiness and tune other properties based on its proximity to a magnetic field
If you have an interest in anything in the world, then you have an interest in chemistry because everything you hear, see, taste, smell and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Our ability to understand the chemical make-up of things and chemical reactions has led to everything from modern food and drugs to plastics and computers.
What is synthetic biology? Catherine Royer, professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
What is the future of synthetic biology? Zan Luthey-Schulten, co-director at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Keeling Curve, Ralph Keeling of the Scripps CO2 Program shows how scientists make carbon dioxide measurements.
By treating living cells like tiny absorbent sponges, researchers have developed a potentially new way to introduce molecules and therapeutic genes into human cells
A Vanderbilt team has taken the next step forward in using a little-known bacteria to stop the spread of deadly mosquito-borne viruses, such as Zika and dengue
With support from the National Science Foundation, developmental biologist Arnaud Martin and his team at George Washington University are using cutting-edge genomic techniques, such as CRISPR, to better understand how the rich stripes and swirls of a butterfly's wing take their shape
Understanding what makes one volcano's magma so much more explosive than another may one day help us avoid volcanic disasters
Researchers at the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science have developed a new method to classify and track the multitude of cells in a tissue sample
In this video, Rommie Amaro of the University of California, San Diego, describes her lab's research on the p53 protein, which mutates in a wide variety of cancers and is known as the "Guardian of the Genome"
New evidence reveals a previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans
What's the difference between thermoplastics and thermoset plastics? Philip Taynton, founder of Mallinda, answers your question in this edition of Ask a Scientist
Northeastern Professor Marilyn Minus wants to make the strongest fibers the world has ever known -- at low cost -- for light-weight bullet-proof armor, wide-body jets, sports gear and more.
Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung, along with scientists at University of California Los Angeles, Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico, counted rare molecules in the atmosphere that contain only heavy isotopes of nitrogen, and discovered a planetary-scale tug-of-war between life, the deep Earth and the upper atmosphere
Two independent teams of scientists, including one from the Joint Quantum Institute, have used more than 50 interacting atomic qubits to mimic magnetic quantum matter, surpassing the complexity of previous demonstrations
George Washington University evolutionary geneticist Arnaud Martin is using CRISPR Cas9, a gene editing technique, to determine how changes in the "painting gene" WntA result in different wing shapes and patterns in butterflies
Using complex fluid engineering techniques, professor Bob Tilton of Carnegie Mellon University is working on removing pollutants, such as trichloroethylene, from groundwater
Using an ultrafast, ultraprecise laser, a team of physicists and biologists at Vanderbilt University has taken an important step toward understanding how wound healing is triggered
A new reaction mechanism could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution-control systems for diesel exhaust
Cutting-edge research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University aims to stop cancer's adaptive behavior to boost the effectiveness of current treatments