1. Physics

    Scientists now know why microwaved grapes make plasma fireballs

    Grapes trap microwave energy that bounces back and forth within the fruit. Until boom — a plasma!

  2. Chemistry

    Shape-shifting chemical is key to new solar battery

    Storing solar energy is a challenge. A new, shape-shifting molecule may provide a solution.

  3. Chemistry

    Smartphone app helps researchers track art ‘acne’

    Metal soaps can form damaging blisters on the surface of oil paintings. Scientists are tracking these “breakouts” to protect priceless art.

  4. Chemistry

    Ham bone broth could be a tonic for the heart

    Health and fitness websites claim that drinking bone broth is a miracle cure. Here’s what some new research has to say about that.

  5. Earth

    Why we should stop ignoring the life stories of minerals

    All pure diamonds are the same mineral. But they didn’t form the same way. One scientist thinks it’s time to talk about the life stories of such rocks.

  6. Chemistry

    Big rock candy science

    Instructions for making your own rock candy say to dip your stick or string in sugar before putting it in your sugar solution. Does that matter?

  7. Chemistry

    Shell shocked: Emerging impacts of our acidifying seas

    As Earth’s climate changes, the oceans are becoming more acidic. Here’s how oysters and reefs are responding to their acidifying bath.

  8. Plants

    This houseplant can clean indoor air

    Houseplants may be able to help clean up polluted indoor air. Scientists gave this one a boost by givng it a gene from a rabbit.

  9. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Zirconium

    Zirconium is a metal that knows the meaning of tough. It’s so heat resistant that it’s used for molds to shape melted metals, and so radiation resistant that it coats nuclear reactors.

  10. Chemistry

    This rewritable paper depends on disappearing ink

    Scientists have made a new rewritable paper that can hold text and images for at least six months. It also can be reused more than 100 times.

  11. Materials Science

    Some plastics learn to repair themselves

    A new material can fix its own scratches and small cracks. One day, it also may make self-healing paints and plastics possible.

  12. Environment

    Six things that shouldn’t pollute your drinking water

    These are why drinking untreated water can be harmful. But keep in mind, today’s water-treatment plants still won’t remove all of these.