Malaria fight goes on for decades and various compounds have been synthesized so far to serve as an effective drug in this health battle. Each time scientists are one step closer to winning.
The Cultural Center of Niš has organized a promotion event for scientific and popular-scientific journals of the University of Niš. The event took place on Saturday 7th, 2019 at the Čair Sports Center, also known as Čair Hall, alongside Book Fair that was going on at the time. There were representatives of around forty academic journals at the event, among which, our team was one of a few newcomers.
In order to determine the mineral composition of the soil from the urban area in the City of Niš, a team of researchers from the University of Niš, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry, have collected 15 soil samples near the city roads and analyzed them. Fourteen metals and four soil chemical characteristics were determined in the paper.
The European Researchers' Night is a public event devoted to the popularisation of science and scientific learning. Adults and youngsters that came to the festival had the opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and learn about the impact of scientific research on people's everyday lives.
When one thinks of chemistry, the first thing that pops inside his/her head is the mental image of a chemical laboratory or similar environment. Giving the fact that chemistry is primarily a practical science, lab work is the inevitable part of chemical education. However, the majority of elementary schools and high schools in Serbia usually do not possess the necessary resources (e.g., space, glass, chemicals) to provide their pupils with deserved practical work in order to gain elementary lab skills.
Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices work on stored energy. Because of numerous advantages over other types of energy-storing cells, lithium-ion batteries are the commonly used power source…
Like plastics in the twentieth century, graphene is a material that has marked the 21st century. Scientists have theorized about graphene for decades. Now, researchers from around the world are teaming up to discover and learn every bit of information regarded to this supermaterial.
Ethane is the second most abundant component of natural gas, right after methane, and it is found deep underground and in marine gas deposits around the world. Research studies have shown that these two components—along with propane and butane—are being oxidized into carbon dioxide. Bacteria that convert methane, propane, and butane are already known, but it was unclear how ethane is degraded in the absence of oxygen, until now.
Pesticides are compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (e.g. weeds). When pesticides are used to protect crops, their residues will potentially affect and threaten human and environmental health. For that reason, they must be monitored and used safely, or even avoided, if possible.
On the 18th February 2019, Dr. Slavko Mentus, a full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) and full professor at Faculty of Physical Chemistry in Belgrade, gave a lecture on batteries—background science and the importance of this type of power source—at the University of Niš, organized by SASA, Branch in Niš. Knowing about his previous work on weather control and batteries, I wondered how he managed to connect these two fields. After the lecture, Prof. Mentus kindly agreed to share his expert opinions on these subjects.