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FDA: Sweetened Honey Isn't Honey

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued this week would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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Fruits, Veggies Increase Healthiness Even in Small Amounts

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Amanda Avery | News | Comments

Not many people achieve the recommendation of five portions of fruits and vegetables per day – the current average intake is just under four. But, the reduced risk of dying from cancer and heart disease is associated with any increased intake of vegetables and fruit over and above one portion per day. So the more you eat, the more you reduce your risk.

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Fracking Discussed at Alcohol Summit

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Josefa Velasquez | News | Comments

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit this week organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. Local winery owners took the opportunity to call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, saying the gas drilling technology could contaminate the water crucial for alcohol production and destroy the industry.

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Fatigue Linked to Junk Food Diet

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new psychology study using mice provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary— not the other way around.

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IC Systems Increase Flexibility, Confidence

April 10, 2014 5:05 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician | Videos | Comments

Stuart Proctor talks to Laboratory Equipment about Metrohm's 900 Series IC systems.                                                

Hyphenated Technology Simplifies Sample Analysis

April 10, 2014 4:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician | Videos | Comments

George Porter of Metrohm USA talks with Laboratory Equipment about one of Metrohm's newest introductions at Pittcon 2014 in Chicago.                                                

Daddy Longlegs Used to Have Four Eyes

April 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by American Museum of Natural History | News | Comments

Daddy longlegs have a single pair of eyes that help them navigate habitats in every continent except Antarctica. But a newly described 305-million-year-old fossil found in eastern France shows that wasn’t always the case.

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Flu has Achilles' Heel

April 10, 2014 12:12 pm | by McGill Univ. | News | Comments

A study has revealed that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus.

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Physicists Announce Inexplicable Particle

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Conversation, Harry Cliff | News | Comments

Researchers who run one of four large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have announced one of the most genuinely exciting observations to come out of the 27 km super-collider so far– an exotic particle that cannot be explained by current theories.

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Spray Gun Creates Self-assembling Nanoparticle Films

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Texas A&M Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a simple approach to applying a coating of thin, flat nanoplatelets— using a common spray gun— that spontaneously self-assemble into “nanowalls.” The nanowalls act as rigid barriers that prevent oxygen gas from reaching the surface of objects prone to corrosion.

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Microchip Detects Infection

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

A pH-sensitive microchip, invented by chemists, could improve postoperative care for patients with knee replacements and other surgical implants.

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Update: Space Artifact Auction Does Better Than Anticipated

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items— sold at an auction of space exploration artifacts— that fetched for more than the pre-sale estimate.

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It May Be Time to Change Your Passwords

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic. Security experts say the threat, known as Heartbleed, is serious, partly because it remained undiscovered for more than two years.

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Geneticist Outlines Plan to Save Gooseberry

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Florida International Univ. | News | Comments

The Miccosukee gooseberry is on the verge of extinction, but a geneticist believes genetic variation is the key to its survival. The plant, which has been listed as a federally threatened species for nearly three decades, is found in only two counties in the U.S.

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Biologists, Engineers Develop Bacterial ‘FM Radio’

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers in the emerging field of synthetic biology have designed a tool box of small genetic components that act as intracellular switches, logic gates, counters and oscillators.

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