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Corals and Sea Anemones Turn Sunscreen into Toxins—Understanding How Could Help Save Coral Reefs
Researchers have long suspected that an ingredient in sunscreen called oxybenzone was harming corals, but no one knew how. A new study shows how corals turn oxybenzone into a sunlight-activated toxin.
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Corals and Sea Anemones Turn Sunscreen into Toxins—Understanding How Could Help Save Coral Reefs
Corals and Sea Anemones Turn Sunscreen into Toxins—Understanding How Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Researchers have long suspected that an ingredient in sunscreen called oxybenzone was harming corals, but no one knew how. A new study shows how corals turn oxybenzone into a sunlight-activated toxin.

Researchers have long suspected that an ingredient in sunscreen called oxybenzone was harming corals, but no one knew how. A new study shows how corals turn oxybenzone into a sunlight-activated toxin.

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The Right Chemistry, 1935
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2022
Percy Lavon Julian, a young, Black scientist working in Jim Crow America, gained international recognition after beating chemists at the University of Oxford in the race to synthesize the alkaloid physostigmine, used for decades as a treatment for glaucoma.
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Harvard Chemist Found Guilty of Lying About Chinese Funding
Chloe Tenn | Dec 22, 2021
In a win for the US Department of Justice’s China Initiative, Charles Lieber was convicted of hiding his financial ties to China from federal agencies.
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An Introduction to Enzymes
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 8, 2021
Discover how enzymes work and why they're an integral part of scientific laboratories.
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Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Chloe Tenn | Nov 11, 2021
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
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Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
The University of Texas Southwestern professor’s research focused on the androgen hormones that cause male sexual differentiation and may also lead to prostate disease.
The Community-Wide Effort to Standardize QA/QC for Metabolomics and Lipidomics
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 27, 2021
Perspectives on the basics and future of QA/QC
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Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.
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Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
The chemist refined nuclear magnetic resonance technology, giving rise to the development of MRI.
Helen Murray Free smiling at the camera, wearing a red shirt and black jacket with red trim.
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Lisa Winter | May 5, 2021
Free’s dip-and-read urinalysis allowed diabetics to monitor glucose levels at home, rather than at a hospital.
Black in X Addresses Long-Standing Inequity in STEM
Lisa Winter | Nov 16, 2020
In a year of racial tumult, Black scientists are uniting for visibility and action. 
Water on the Moon Confirmed
Lisa Winter | Oct 27, 2020
So far, the bulk of the identified water molecules are too distant from one another to form ice or liquid.
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CRISPR’s Adaptation to Genome Editing Earns Chemistry Nobel
Amanda Heidt | Oct 7, 2020
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna reprogrammed the bacterial immune response into one of the most popular tools for genetics and molecular biology.
Image of the Day: Stink Flirting
Amy Schleunes | Apr 17, 2020
Male lemurs secrete aldehydes from their wrist glands that may make them more attractive to females during the breeding season.
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020
Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.
Prominent Harvard Chemist Arrested For Concealing Ties to China
Amy Schleunes | Jan 29, 2020
The Department of Justice also released the names of two Chinese researchers who allegedly acted against US interests.
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Yellow Dye in Turmeric Linked with Lead Poisoning in Bangladesh
Claire Jarvis | Dec 17, 2019
Scientists track the spice from the soil to the market to pinpoint the source of contamination in pregnant women’s blood.
Two Professors Accused of Making Meth in Campus Lab
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019
The Henderson State University academics face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.
Chemist Christopher Dobson Dies
Ashley Yeager | Sep 16, 2019
The University of Cambridge scholar’s research on folding proteins advanced scientists’ understanding of illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Snapshot of the repairing experiment on a human tooth
Image of the Day: Enamel Repair
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 3, 2019
Scientists engineered a new material that could be developed for use in treating tooth decay.