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Chemists find way to create "the building blocks of life"

Turning alcohol into key ingredients for new medicines

30-Jun-2020

Chemists have found a way to turn alcohol into amino acids, the building blocks of life. In a study published in the journal Nature Chemistry, researchers explained the transformation, which involves selectively identifying and replacing molecular bonds with unprecedented precision. The finding ...

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A dust-up: Microbes interact with harmful chemicals in dust

Microbes in household dust can break down harmful chemicals

15-Apr-2019

The dust that settles throughout our homes and offices almost always contains bits of chemicals that can cause problems for the human endocrine system, scientists say. But a new study indicates that the microbes we track into buildings--the microscopic bacteria and other microorganisms that ...

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A new way to create molecules for drug development

Innovative process gives more control over free radicals

15-Oct-2018

Chemists at The Ohio State University have developed a new and improved way to generate molecules that can enable the design of new types of synthetic drugs. Researchers say this new method of forming reactive intermediates called ketyl radicals offers scientists a way to use catalysts to convert ...

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You won't find ice cubes like this in your freezer

How to make 'squarest' ice crystals ever

11-Jul-2017

An international team of scientists has set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules--a form of ice that may exist in the coldest high-altitude clouds but is extremely hard to make on Earth. The ability to make and study cubic ice in the ...

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Turning food waste into tires

08-Mar-2017

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ...

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Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter - and cleaner

18-Jan-2017

Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The advance could ...

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Devices that convert heat into electricity

One step closer to reality

04-Jan-2017

The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry. In Nature Communications, engineers from The Ohio State University describe how they used magnetism on ...

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A shampoo bottle that empties completely - every last drop

28-Jun-2016

It's one of life's little annoyances: that last bit of shampoo that won't quite pour out of the bottle. Or the last bit of hand soap, or dish soap, or laundry detergent. Now researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to create the perfect texture inside plastic bottles to let soap ...

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New particle can track chemo

18-Jan-2016

Tracking the path of chemotherapy drugs in real time and at a cellular level could revolutionize cancer care and help doctors sort out why two patients might respond differently to the same treatment. Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to light up a common cancer drug so ...

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Some gas produced by hydraulic fracturing comes from surprise source

16-Dec-2015

Some of the natural gas harvested by hydraulic fracturing operations may be of biological origin--made by microorganisms inadvertently injected into shale by oil and gas companies during the hydraulic fracturing process, a new study has found. The study suggests that microorganisms including ...

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