DuPont Challenge Essay Assignment

  • Your essay needs to follow the format and content requirements found at the DuPont Challenge web site.
  • Your topic must include a connection to chemistry.
  • Topics must be selected by Wednesday December 1.
  • First draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 6.
  • Final draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 13.
  • Extra credit is available for including a reference to some research related to your topic that is taking place on the UIUC campus.

Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily
  • Immune cells to be tested on the International Space Station Yesterday
    The human body is fine-tuned to Earth's gravity. Scientists are now conducting an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study whether this also applies to human cells. We know the effect of gravity on muscles, bones and joints ins...
  • SpaceX-3 launches science cargo to International Space Station Friday
    A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft full of NASA cargo, experiments and equipment blazed into orbit Friday, April 18, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station will unload the supplies after the Dragon arri...
  • ADHD: Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system Friday
    Psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors' perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders. This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a...
  • 'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning Friday
    The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it" may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possi...
  • Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species Friday
    Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But in the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpecte...
  • 'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin Friday
    Researchers have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate, from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions...
  • Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces Friday
    The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team inventors describe a new, more versatile versi...
  • Impact glass from asteroids and comets stores biodata for millions of years Friday
    Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina sugge...
  • Impurity size affects performance of emerging superconductive material Friday
    Impurities can hurt performance -- or possibly provide benefits -- in a key superconductive material that is expected to find use in a host of applications, including future particle colliders. The size of the impurities determines whether they he...
  • Mom's diet mirrors child's food allergies Friday
    A long-term study evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children. A particular focus for the project is the different effects of allergenic foods in different contexts.

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