GUESS THE SCIENTIST #2, THE ANSWER

UnknownFor those who played our game last time, now it’s time to give an answer on who said the famous citation:

Science can’t solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve”.

The scientist was Max Planck. Want to know more about this famous Nobel Prize laureate? Click here.

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New sensors: monitoring breath for kidney disease

UnknownCurious to see if you have a kidney disease in a very fast way? You can do it by just breathing!

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a sensor based on a nonporous organic semiconductor thin film that can monitor the levels of ammonia in the breath. Since ammonia is a biomarker for chronic kidney disease, this highlights the importance of this research and its future impact in the development of novel health monitoring technologies.

Read the full article here!

THEOFYLLINE

The molecule of this week is theofylline, a methylxanthine that can be naturally found in cocoa beans. This molecule has a very similar chemical structure to other xanthines like caffeine or theobromine. However, it has pharmacological applications as it is used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Read more about theofylline here!

CHEMISTRY IN YOUR KITCHEN

You probably heard before that doing chemistry is like cooking……BookCover

Well…It is also true that you can find some chemistry in your kitchen! To know more, read this interesting book by Matthew Hartings, who will explain you basic chemistry principles through simple recipes!
Read more here!

MISSING WINTER? FAKE SNOW IS WHAT YOU WANT!

UnknownWinter has now passed, but some of you might still miss cold and snow…No problem! We have what you are looking for.

You can make some fake snow at home in few seconds. The only things you need are:

  • a superabsorbent polymer (e.g. sodium polyacrylate, which can be obtained by cutting a nappy)
  • water.

Wondering about how to do it? Have a look at this video!

The sensing robots

Engineers from the University of Minnesota have developed 3D printed stretchable electronic fabric that could enable robots to feel their environment.

atelier-toucher-robots-decuple.jpgThis innovative bionic skin will not only help robots to interact with each other, but could also be used in minimal invasive surgery procedures: by putting this material on surgical robots, surgeons (the human type!) will be able to feel the procedure, so they wouldn’t have to rely only on cameras anymore.

You can find out more potential applications of this 3D printed bionic skin in this article!

Guess the scientist #2

New week, new quote from a famous scientist! Who said:

“Science can’t solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

Options:

  1. Stephen Hawking
  2. Max Planck
  3. Albert Einstein

Comment here with your guess or take part to our game on Twitter, and remember, don’t cheat! 😉