chemistry stories

The reason trees are our friends is that they take CO2 out of the atmosphere and turn it into things that are less bad for the environment and much more useful to us, namely wood and fruit and oxygen and stuff. A novel new chemical reaction promises to do the same sort of thing, transforming CO2 straight into a semiconductor, fertilizer and a big pile o' energy.
Challenging a man's claim that he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew, it's hard to say whether Pepsi Co. won or lost the battle with its defense in a small court. That defense? Not possible — Mountain Dew would have reduced that mouse to jelly by the time it was opened 15 months after bottling, according to the company's experts.
Studying ancient Grecian pottery isn't just about learning about the past anymore — although that in itself is pretty cool. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded grants to three research groups to explore the chemistry of the ancient vases to find out why they've been able to survive for so long.