Computer models based on molecular energy budgets have made it easier than ever to imagine the myriad ways a protein structure could be folded. Yet it has still been difficult to determine which of those patterns are stable enough to exist in nature, so that their properties could be studied formally.
Apoisonous plant’s value is in the eye of the beholder and Thapsia garganica has become highly prized by cancer specialists. In the wake of a recently published development by investigators at Queen’s University, many cancer patients could become downright fond of these noxious yellow Mediterranean perennials.
Chemical engineers rely on a wide range of numerical methods to make sense of an otherwise messy physical world. But when these methods are taught to students, they are often presented in an already simplified format, without formal proofs and perhaps even embedded in the complex code of modelling software.
Over the past two decades we have become surrounded by lithium battery technology, some of it almost invisible but nevertheless essential to providing portable power storage that we now take for granted. But turning raw lithium into an appropriate medium for retaining and transferring an electrical charge is a complicated process.
At first glance the YouTube video looks like yet another reminder that some people have too much time on their hands. And in this case one of those hands is covered in an opaque gel, while the other holds a blowtorch with the flame set directly on that hand for what seems like far too long.
Technology aimed at cleaning up the wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction could also transform Alberta into one of the world’s leading lithium producers.
Amid concerns over the safety and quality of lithium ion batteries, these ubiquitous power sources surrender their secrets to the synchrotron.