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Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics announced

October 2019 has seen the announcement of the Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics. These are awarded for developments with lithium-ion batteries and for the hunt for new exoplanets.

Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win Nobel Chemistry Prize

Stockholm - Three researchers won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for the development of lithium-ion batteries, paving the way for smartphones and a fossil fuel-free society.

Machine learning helps with the discovery of new polymers

Japanese researchers have utilized artificial intelligence to propel the discovery of new materials. This new research includes identifying polymers with high thermal conductivity, which will aid developing new electronic devices.

Atomic mystery: Geometry of the electron revealed

What does an electron look like? While physicists have long speculated, the geometry of the electron has been revealed for the first time. This insight may help with the development of quantum computers.

1 in 5 in U.S. cannot name a single element on the periodic table

It might be elementary for many, but a new poll finds that one in five (around 20 percent) of the U.S. adult population cannot name a single element on the periodic table. The survey indicates the troubling status of science in the country.

Barbara Sherwood Lollar receives Canada’s highest science honour

Toronto - Earth 4D program co-director Barbara Sherwood Lollar has been awarded Canada’s highest science honour - the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

Essential Science: Introducing the ‘wonder material’ — borophene

Forget graphene, there’s a new ‘super material’ that it getting scientists interested – borophene. The material has properties that are stronger and more flexible than graphene. We take a look at some future possibilities.

New form of self-healing material discovered by scientists

Japanese scientists have discovered a new form of self-healing material. The substance, which is based on ethylene, demonstrates several useful properties such as ‘shape memory’, as well as the ability to self-repair.

Essential Science: 2019, year of the Periodic Table

2019 may be the year of the pig (for those who follow the Lunar New Year). For chemists there’s something else to mark – the 150th anniversary of the periodic table. Such is the significance that it’s been declared a United Nations event.

New process melts gold at room temperature

To melt metals requires the application of high levels of heat. This fundamental of physics has been altered by a research team who have succeeded in melting gold at room temperature. This comes down to tension.

Women scientists still 'undervalued' despite twin Nobel wins

Paris - With two Nobel prize winners in as many days, women scientists have welcomed the research community "waking up" to the feats of their female peers, but insist they remain underpaid and undervalued compared to men.

'Darwin in a test tube': Trio wins Nobel for harnessing evolution

Stockholm - US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop proteins used in everything from new biofuels to to the world's best-sell...

Trio win Nobel Chemistry Prize for research harnessing evolution

Stockholm - US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop enzymes used to make everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals, the jur...

Essential Science: What are the limits of the periodic table?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first periodic table of elements. At stages the table has been added to, as new elements are discovered or, these days, ‘manufactured’. Just how far can the table keep growing?

Key to improving solar cell efficiency is chemistry

Nuremberg - As solar cell technology continues to advance, at the same time as interest in renewables rises, researchers are looking at how advanced chemistry can shape industrial sized solar cells so they can be adapted to maximise power collection.

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

Geneva - The United States led protests Monday as Syria took over the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) at a time when Damascus is widely accused of using chemical weapons.

AI has analyzed every chemical reaction ever performed

Manchester - The developers of a new artificial-intelligence tool have claimed the platform has memorized nearly every chemical reaction ever performed. The AI agent looks set to transform chemistry.

Machine learning used to assess chemical reactions

New research could aid scientists in improving the performance of catalysts to drive chemical reactions toward desired products more quickly, paving the way for the development of new chemicals and materials.

Digital transformation of the chemical industry

The chemical and advanced materials sectors need to push ahead with digital transformation, according to the World Economic Forum. This will help to herald in new innovations.

That's cool! Flash-frozen pictures reveal molecular world

Paris - A groundbreaking technique awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday has allowed scientists, using unearthly cold temperatures, to produce exquisitely detailed images of the tiniest structures in cells.What is cryo-electron microscopy?

Trio awarded Nobel prize for 'cool' method to study molecules

Stockholm - A revolutionary technique dubbed cryo-electron microscopy, which has peered closer at the Zika virus and an Alzheimer's enzyme, earned scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday.

Trio takes chemistry Nobel for 'cool' method to study molecules

Stockholm - Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for cryo-electron microscopy, a simpler and better method for imaging tiny, frozen molecules.

Trio takes chemistry Nobel for 'cool' method to study molecules

Stockholm - Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson were awarded the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for cryo-electron microscopy, a simpler and better method for imaging tiny, frozen molecules.

World's oldest wine may have been Italian

Rome - Researchers have discovered that the oldest wine in the world may have been Italian, after finding traces of 6,000-year-old fermented grapes off the west coast of Sicily.

Freeze-dried foam developed to soak up carbon dioxide

Researchers have developed a novel technology to help address future environmental concerns. This is a macroscale foam that can rapidly soak up carbon dioxide.

Healthcare providers are looking to digital prescribing

Douglas - Obtaining prescriptions for medications can be a long, drawn-out experience. This process can be made faster, especially for repeat prescriptions, using digital prescribing.

The quantum computing test revealed

Zurich - There are technological definitions of what a quantum computer is, but how can the power of such a machine be fully tested? The answer lies with unraveling a complex chemical reaction.

New technology for food contamination screening

Bonn - Contaminated food is a major health risk to the consumer and it is also bad for business. If undesirable substances are ingested this can lead to significant health consequences, and many risks arise from the environment.

Chemists develop 'synthetic tongue' to test whisky

Aside from the connoisseur, companies that manufacture whisky rely upon traditional chemical techniques such as mass spectrometry to break down a mixture into the individual chemicals to assess quality. A new method takes a different approach.

New chemical neutralizes snake venom rapidly

A new, low cost and effective anti-venom chemical has been developed. The chemical has been formulated to tackle snake bites and to rapidly neutralize the venom. The application will prove useful to remote areas.
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