Organic chemistry

Category archives for Organic chemistry

    One day in the future, we may be treating our ailments with microbiotic combinations designed specifically to correct imbalances in our personal microbiomes. We’ll bring our prescriptions on rewritable paper and pay using shimmery optical chips embedded in our cell phone cases or maybe our jewelry. Or we’ll be waiting in our doctor’s…

Choose Your Bond

Two completely unrelated papers have got us thinking about chemical bonds. When we refer to chemical bonds, we generally mean covalent bonds: Atoms become “wedded,” sharing electrons, and breaking them apart takes energy. By comparison, other types of bonds are weak attractions – mere flirtations, or mild sparks between hydrogen and oxygen in passing water…