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Material Could Make Life is Space Safer

August 28, 2015 | by ACS | Comments

Astronauts living in space have objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could help protect space structures, scientists have to prepare for the possibility that debris could pierce a vessel. Now, researchers are reporting on a new material that heals itself within seconds and could prevent structural penetration from being catastrophic.


Why the Analytical Testing Industry May See More Long-haired Scientists

September 2, 2015 3:03 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

Cannabis has had a tumultuous history in the United States. But, in the past few years, several states have decriminalized the plant and made it legal under heavy restrictions. This legalization has a big impact on the analytical testing industry, with labs now tasked to provide methods for cannabis potency, residual solvents, heavy metals, pesticides and more. 


Watch: Approved 3-D Printed Drug Dissolves Faster Than Others

August 26, 2015 9:59 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

Earlier this month, the FDA approved the first drug manufactured via 3-D printing. Spritam, from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, is a drug for certain epilepsy cases. The biggest difference between this drug and others more conventionally made is the 3-D printing platform produces a drug that dissolves much faster than current fast-melt technologies. Watch how it works and hear from Aprecia's Jennifer Zieverink on why Spritam is important. 


Chemistry Can Keep You Awake Sans Caffeine

August 26, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

You're tired and you need an energy boost, but you don't want the jitters from caffeine. What to do?


'Telementoring' System May Give Surgeons Remote Help

August 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Purdue Univ. | Comments

Researchers are developing an "augmented reality telementoring" system to provide effective support to surgeons on the battlefield from specialists located thousands of miles away. The new System for Telementoring with Augmented Reality (STAR) harnesses various technologies such as transparent displays and sensors to improve the quality of the communication between mentor and surgeon.


Red Wine Compound Alters Dogs’ Immune Systems

August 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Missouri | Comments

Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in grape skins and red wine, has been shown to have several potentially beneficial effects on health, including cardiovascular health, stroke prevention and cancer treatments. However, scientists do not yet fully understand how the chemical works and whether or not it can be used for treatment of diseases in humans and animals.


Live Feed Lets Viewers See Corpse Flower

August 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

It’s been a big summer for corpse flowers. The Amorphophallus titanium only flowers once every ten years. And, mere weeks after UC Berkeley’s smelly plant blossomed, the Denver Botanic Garden’s flower has opened.


You Can Achieve Better Health Care Through Biotechnology

August 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this short video, hear from Stanford bioengineering doctoral student Nate Cira on how today's biotechnology advances will impact tomorrow's health care. With more widespread use of biological equipment, and the decentralization of major resources, people will become increasingly cognizant how biology's impact on their health. 


Test Quickly Diagnoses Ebola, Dengue, Yellow Fever

August 19, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

To facilitate diagnosis in remote, low-resource settings, researchers have developed a paper-based device that changes color, depending on whether the patient has Ebola, yellow fever or dengue. The test takes minutes and does not need electricity to work.


How Does Febreze Work?

August 18, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

Almost all of us have used some type of odor eliminator like Febreze to un-stink a room. These sprays can work wonders, but how do they actually work?


Dosing with Vitamin D May Not Be Good for Teens

August 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

Dosing obese teens with vitamin D shows no benefits for their heart health or diabetes risk, and could have the unintended consequences of increasing cholesterol and fat-storing triglycerides.


Tool Pinpoints When Fingerprints Were Left

August 13, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

Crime scene investigators on TV seem able to solve any mystery thanks to a little science and a lot of artistic license. But, now there is a real-life technique that could outperform even fictional sleuths' crime-busting tools. Scientists have found a way to tell how old fingerprints are.


How Modern Biotechnology is Similar to Computing in the 1950s

August 12, 2015 9:18 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

In this short video, hear from Stanford professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse. He relates biotechnology now to how computers were perceived in the 1950s- not accessible enough to be helpful. By pioneering the field of "interactive biotechnology," he is trying to change all that and bring modern biotechnology to the masses. 


Origami-like Shelters Useful for Military, Disaster Relief

August 11, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Notre Dame | Comments

Most people are familiar with origami, the ancient paper-folding art form that creates unique patterns and shapes. Less familiar is the fact that origami has inspired the design of engineering devices and structures.


How Optical Illusions Work

August 7, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

Optical illusions are deceptive and mind-boggling. In a new video, scientists explain how optical illusions work, so you can understand the science behind the trickery.


How to Make Fracking Safer

August 6, 2015 8:34 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Comments

The EPA recently released a report on hydraulic fracturing. In this short video, hear from Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute on what the EPA report was missing- specifically, recommended practices to ensure safer fracking operations. According to the professor, we already have the technology we need.



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