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Category Archives: Chemistry

Quantumness of water molecules might explain unexpected behaviors

Water is vital to life as we know it, but there is still a great deal unknown when it comes to correctly modeling its properties. Now researchers have discovered room-temperature water may be even more bizarre than once suspected — … Continue reading

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Amoeba that cultivate an ecosystem of edible and inedible bacteria

The smallest farmer discovered yet is the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, which cultivates edible bacteria that it harvests like crops. Now scientists reveal this amoeba also raises bacteria that pump out chemical weapons that protect the farmers, report findings detailed this … Continue reading

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Antifreeze found trapped inside ice crystals

A common antifreeze compound is methanol, the simplest kind of alcohol molecule. Now scientists find that even methanol can get trapped within ice-like cages, findings detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that could influence what researchers … Continue reading

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