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Martin Shkreli Now Praising Kids Who Made Cheap Drug

He makes congratulatory video after belittling their work on Twitter

(Newser) - A bunch of Aussie schoolkids produced a $2-a-pill version of a super-expensive anti-parasitic drug ($750 per dose), and the man behind the latter drug's huge price hike is now praising their efforts, Reuters reports. In a YouTube video directed toward students at Sydney Grammar School, ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin... More »

Take That, Martin Shkreli: Schoolkids Cook Up $2 Dose

High school students show cheap version of pricey drug is easy to make

(Newser) - Remember Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager who last year founded Turing Pharmaceuticals, acquired an essential anti-parasitic drug, and quickly jacked up its price 55-fold, from $13.50 to $750 a pill? Well, he's just been shown up by a group of high school chemistry students in Australia who'... More »

Chemists Stumble on First New Blue in 200 Years

Pigment also makes possible a new spectrum of colors that could be mixed using it

(Newser) - Back in 2009, a materials science professor and his students were, in a sense, playing with fire in a lab at Oregon State University—well, mixing chemicals and heating them to temperatures above 2,000 degrees anyway—when they accidentally created a new blue. The happy accident occurred during an... More »

The Periodic Table Is Getting Some New Names

And Tennessee finally has an element to call its own

(Newser) - Sorry, chemistry students, you've got four new names on the periodic table to memorize. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced names for the four newest elements on Wednesday, Nature reports. Those names: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og). According to the Guardian , elements... More »

Science Creates Cheap Dom Pérignon —Without the Grapes

'We can turn water into wine in 15 minutes'

(Newser) - Wine lovers may scoff, but a San Francisco start-up claims it can reproduce classic vintages without "grapes, yeast, or fermentation," City A.M. reports. "We can turn water into wine in 15 minutes," New Scientist quotes as saying Ava Winery . Mardonn Chua and Alex Lee got... More »

'Dedicated' Ex-Chemist Was High at Work for 8 Years

No one noticed until the end that Sonja Farak was heavily abusing Mass. lab's drugs

(Newser) - Even Walter White knew not to sample the wares, a lesson that could have served Sonja Farak well. The now 37-year-old former chemist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to 18 months in jail for getting... More »

Thomas Jefferson's Lost Chemistry Lab Found

The 200-year-old chemical hearth was preserved by accident

(Newser) - A worker renovating the Rotunda at the University of Virginia made an unexpected discovery when he crawled through a hole in the wall: part of a chemistry lab partly designed by Thomas Jefferson nearly 200 years ago, the Charlottesville Newsplex reports. The brick chemical hearth—one of the only remaining... More »

Newest Knights: 'Mad Prof,' 'Father of Viagra'

Pair of chemists, including scientist who 'laid the seed' for ED drug, honored

(Newser) - Move over, Walter White. Two chemists—one known as the "father of Viagra" and the other known as the "Mad Prof" of YouTube—have been knighted to kick off the new year, the BBC reports. Simon Campbell kick-started research on the erectile dysfunction drug during his 26-year tenure... More »

Science Explains Why Bacon Smells Amazing

It's thanks to 150 chemical compounds

(Newser) - What is it about bacon that gives it that incredibly potent fragrance—the smell so many love to wake up to? Turns out researchers have actually investigated this, and chemistry blog Compound Interest (get it?) digs up the results. The smell, the site explains, is the result of 150 different... More »

Periodic Table Quote Gets Student Suspended

But school will let her speak at graduation after all after yearbook brouhaha

(Newser) - It seems school administrators in Clayton County, Georgia, should take another chemistry class: Yearbooks had already been distributed at Mundy’s Mill High School by the time they decoded a secret—and somewhat racy—message in the quote selected by the senior class vice president. Paris Gray's quote read,... More »

Scientists: We Can Make Ethanol Without Corn

New process should be significantly more efficient, too

(Newser) - Could ethanol someday essentially be produced out of thin air? A group of scientists has published research in Nature detailing a new method of making ethanol out of carbon monoxide gas, instead of corn or sugarcane, Reuters reports. Researchers saturated water with the gas, then zapped it with a novel... More »

Marinating Meat With Beer Is Good for You

Study reveals that it reduces carcinogen production

(Newser) - If you're like us at this time of year, you're craving some warm spring days, some barbecue, and some beer. Well, now a team of European chemists has discovered that those last two things are even better together than you thought. Normally meat grilled at high temperatures produces... More »

Gold, 18 Elements Get a New Atomic Weight

Along with 18 other elements

(Newser) - Scientists made a weighty announcement this week: 19 elements on the Periodic Table, including gold, arsenic, and aluminum, have been assigned new atomic weights. Remember the glory days when cadmium was 112.411(8) atomic mass units? No longer. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry says it's now... More »

Super-Heavy New Element Set to Join Table

Scientists say they've confirmed element 115

(Newser) - After weeks of blasting the element calcium with the element americium, scientists say they've confirmed the existence of the 115th element. The super-heavy new element—called "ununpentium" after its atomic number for now—was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004 but has yet to be added to... More »

'Quadruple DNA' Seen for 1st Time

Discovery could aid battle against cancer

(Newser) - Scientists have spotted four-stranded DNA in humans for the first time and say it could provide a key to fighting cancer, the BBC reports. A Cambridge University team revealed the find to Nature Chemistry last year, saying the "quadruple helix" may arise when a cell is unstable or in... More »

Solar Wind Brings Water to Moon: Study

Which could help in creating a colony there

(Newser) - There is water on the moon, and it comes from an unlikely source: the sun. That's the conclusion of a new study, after studying soil samples brought back from the original Apollo 11 mission, Cosmos reports. While studies dating back to 2008 have pointed to the existence of water... More »

Chemistry Nobel Goes to 2 US Scientists

Their work helps explain how the body's cells communicate

(Newser) - Two American scientists won the Nobel prize for chemistry this morning for their work, which helps explain how the billions of cells in our bodies manage to reach through their otherwise impenetrable membranes to communicate with one another and sense their environment, reports the BBC . Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka... More »

New Elements Fl, Lv Named

Heavy elements flerovium and livermorium closer to joining the club

(Newser) - You can pencil two new elements onto your periodic table, because prospective elements 114 and 116 have finally gotten names. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry today dubbed the two elements flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv) respectively, MSNBC reports. But do use pencil, because the names aren’t... More »

Chemical Reaction Brought Down Twin Towers: Scientist

Melted aluminum, sprinkler water caused secondary explosions

(Newser) - The melting aluminum hulls of the jetliners that smashed into the twin towers may have combined with sprinkler water to set off the explosions that ultimately brought down the towers, according to a new report from a technology research group in Norway. “If my theory is correct, tons of... More »

Periodic Table Gets 2 New Elements

Still unnamed, numbers 114 and 116 have been approved as chemical elements

(Newser) - Two new chemical elements have been officially added to the periodic-table torment of high school kids everywhere. But as-yet-unnamed Nos. 114 and 116 aren’t like their new buddies carbon, gold, or zinc—they were created by slamming two lighter elements together in the hopes they’d stick, said a... More »

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