Winter 2020/2021

The Wonderful World of MOFs

The Wonderful World of MOFs

Follow us down this yellow brick road to learn how these deceptively small molecules conceal enormous potential for applications from carbon capture to data storage.

Lead and Spice, Anything but Nice

Lead and Spice, Anything but Nice

The discovery of lead in the Bay of Bengal launches a tortuous journey involving lead isotopes, turmeric and science heroes.

Left: In magnetic density separation, a magnet magnetizes a magnetic fluid and produces a field gradient, resulting in an effective density gradient used to separate plastics of different densities. Right: A powerful neodymium magnet sits between two different ferrofluid solutions. The solution on the right remained stable in the magnetic field. In the solution on the left, however, the iron oxide particles clumped together where the field was strongest.

An Attractive Way to Recycle

Magnetic fields could lead to a cost-effective solution for recycling plastics.

Qubit Q&A

Qubit Q&A

Chemist Danna Freedman explains superposition, decoherence and how they all add up to the most fun you could have with science.

Elan Eisenmesser 30 October 2020

Beneath COVID's spikes, a lethal hook may lurk

A University of Colorado researcher digs below the virus's membrane in search of another layer of infection-causing proteins.

How an S.O.S. Signal Can Help Save Young Scientists

How an S.O.S. Signal Can Help Save Young Scientists

Step No. 1 of the scientific process is: Ask a question. Sometimes, when things gets rocky, that means asking for support.

Ocean's Four: A Science Heist

Ocean's Four: A Science Heist

A team of researchers pulls off a daring data caper in Delaware Bay, swiping secrets about the movement of molecules between air and water.

"Aliens," by Capri, age 4

Aliens Attack! — and Other Science Predictions

Predictions made by visitors to the National MagLab’s 2020 Open House were funny, sweet — and a bit scary.

Navigating Ørsted's Copenhagen

Navigating Ørsted's Copenhagen

Trace the two-centuries-old steps of the discoverer of electromagnetism.