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The Journey Of Your Favourite Carbonated Drink- Its Chemistry And Long History

We have all been in that position where we wake up with a bad stomach because of whatever we have been bingeing on the night before. Nothing eases this discomfort better than a cool can of your favourite cola drink. In this article let us look past the familiar image that has been marketed to us from a young age and direct your attention to its chemical composition and what is it that makes a can of cola so refreshing.

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Hydrogen Fuel: Not An Energy Source But An Energy Carrier

Hydrogen, it's the future or so we have been told for the last 40 years. When does the future actually start? We live in a time where energy demand is growing very rapidly. We are faced with many challenges, one of them being the diversity and security of energy sources. So out of the bewildering set of various sources why is Hydrogen the most promising way to realise sustainable energy?

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New Small Molecule Catalyst Does the Work of Many Enzymes

Scientists and pharmaceutical companies spend years on research to create various medicines for our benefit. Researchers need to not only try innumerable permutation and combinations to discover a reaction that produces these medicines but also test them over a long period of time. As you can see, this is not a quick process. A new study might help reduce the discovery time significantly. Read on to know more

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Game Changing Chemical Engineering for our Sustainable Future-Dr R A Mashelkar

9th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Seoul, Korea Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar is the President of Global Research Alliance and also the President of India's National Innovation Foundation. He is also appointed as the first Chairperson of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).The 2000 Padmabhushan awardee is a CSIR Bhatnagar fellow at NCL. Dr. R. A. Mashelkar delivered the inaugural plenary lecture 'Game changing chemical engineering for our sustainable future' at the recently concluded 9th World Congress of chemical engineering in Seoul. The congress, attended by over 1500 Chemical Engineers, had around 5000 presentations. In his plenary lecture, Dr. Mashelkar set out five megatrends that, according to him, will drive chemical engineering in the 21st century. He said that chemical engineering will become borderless, inclusive, integrative, innovative and responsible.

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New Technology to Help Design Flexible Touchscreens

Mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even some kinds of television; touch screens have become a common features on modern electronic appliances. While the initial idea of a 'touch screen' was conceptualized as early as 1956 by E.A. Johnson, it wasn't until the 2000s that this technology became a widely used feature. Yet, the modern day touch screen is no where near perfect but recent innovations by the Material Science department at Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science have helped take a step forward.

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Increasing the efficiency of Solar Cells

Solar energy is one of the most coveted of unconventional energy sources. For one, it is almost infinite and if successfully harnessed it can be the ultimate solution to man kind's energy needs. However one of the key impediments holding us back from utilizing this energy is efficient transformation of solar into electrical energy. Efficiency has two aspects to it - how fast this conversion can take place and how much of solar energy is actually converted into electricity. This process of conversion takes places in a photovoltaic cell. A new study by Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have found a way to increase this efficiency of the photovoltaic cell

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Scientists Use Nanotechnology To Make Mini Mona Lisa

Nanotechnology is undoubtedly the hottest field in science today. Every week we hear some kind of advancement in this field but for the first time scientists have used this science for artistic pursuit and created the first ever painting from this technology. This experiment conducted by scientists at Georgia Tech will surely go down in history as a landmark in arts as well as science. Let us learn more.

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Making Everyday Substances Stronger Using Chemistry

We all have that favourite something, maybe a t-shirt or a lucky pen, which over the years loses its utility. Constantly using these items puts severe mechanical stress on them and at some point they break. But what if scientists came up with a way to counter this? Duke chemist Steve Craig has been working on exactly that.

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Scientists Add New Bond to Protein Engineering Toolbox

Proteins are the building blocks of the human body. This is one of the very first statements made in any introductory biochemistry class; you too must have heard this statement often. Proteins serve multiple functions in the human body, right from cell formation to repair. They also serve the important function of transportation within the human body. When you consume medicines to deal with any kind of illness, it is proteins that carry the medicine to the part of the body that needs it.
Naturally, pharmacists are interested in understanding proteins in their natural form and also the production of artificial proteins that will help this process. Researchers at Salk Institute for Biological Studies are breaking new ground in this area of study.


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Researchers create superconductor from solvent

Superconductivity has been a Holy Grail for scientists. It is the characteristic of a material that offers zero resistance to electric current. Originally discovered by Dutch physicist Heike KamerlinghOnnes, superconductors have a wide range of applications in physics, material science and chemistry. However, no stable superconductor has been created that can be used on a large scale. Researchers from Washington State University may, however, have a lead on.

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