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Chemistry Makes Your 4th of July BBQ Great

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video. They've got chemistry knowledge that will impress your guests around the grill.

Sugary Beverages Kill 184,000 Globally Each Year, Study Says

June 29, 2015 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sugar-sweetened beverages cause an estimated 184,000 deaths each year across the globe,...

Chemistry Key to Future Jet Engines

June 29, 2015 8:49 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials...

Dogs Turn Their Noses From Bombs To Truffles

June 29, 2015 8:32 am | by Associated Press, Terence Chea | News | Comments

The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent...

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Researchers Watch How Anthrax Spores Grow in Cultured Human Tissues

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Cultured human lung cells infected with a benign version of anthrax spores have yielded insights into how anthrax grows and spreads in exposed people. The study will help provide credible data for human health related to anthrax exposure and help officials better understand risks related to a potential anthrax attack.

Together, Weight Loss, Vitamin D Reduce Disease-causing Inflammation

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers.

Fermentation Discovery Key to New Biofuels

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.

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Q&A: Emmanuel Asante, Brain-eating and Prion Diseases

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Emmanuel Asante from University College London. He and a team, inspired by brain-eating cannibals from Papua New Guinea who survived a scourge of brain disease, used genetically engineered mice to study resistance to mad cow disease.

U.S. Army Conducted Race-based Mustard Gas Trials During WWII

June 24, 2015 4:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Like other nations, the U.S. has engaged in human medical experimentation, some of which clearly violated the Hippocratic Oath. But, as years go by and more documents become available, the scope of the projects in the 20th Century only continues to grow. The latest revelation is a race-based series of experiments using mustard gas on American soldiers during World War II.

'Jelly' Clothes May Reduce Agricultural Waste

June 24, 2015 2:20 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

From gummy bears to silky mousses, gelatin is essential for making some of our favorite sweets. Now, scientists are exploring another use for the common food ingredient: spinning it into yarn so it can be made into clothing.

Teens Invent Condom that Glows to Show STDs

June 24, 2015 10:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A group of teenage inventors in the United Kingdom has invented a condom that changes colors to warn of STDs, according to multiple reports. The three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, Essex, won the Teen Tech awards with their novel innovation.

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Many Illnesses

June 24, 2015 8:52 am | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses for which state laws have approved its use. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to a review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders and Tourette's syndrome.

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Researchers Find New Class of Antifungal Agents

June 23, 2015 2:46 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new class of antifungals to treat the more than 300 million people worldwide who develop serious fungal infections. In test tube and animal studies, the compounds were highly effective against several pathogenic fungi and were well tolerated in animals.

Jellyfish-lamb Hybrid Ends Up as Meat at French Slaughterhouse

June 23, 2015 12:29 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish genes for advanced research was sold to a slaughterhouse for meat in France, according to European news accounts. An investigation to find out how the genetically altered animal ended up as meat is underway.  

A Partial Answer to the World's Problems

June 23, 2015 8:31 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., CEO of the American Chemical Society, on how he expects the organization to take chemistry to new global heights. As a truly global enterprise, chemistry has the potential to help tackle some of the world's largest problems, such as human health and nutrition. 

Chemists Explain Why the Sea Smells Like the Sea

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

There's nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation. But instead of frolicking on the beach, a group of chemists is researching the compounds inside that air.

Mistletoe Lacks Genes Found in All Complex Organisms

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Indiana Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered the first known instance of a plant or animal lacking several key genes involved in energy production in cells. That was the find of an analysis of the parasitic plant Viscum scurruloideum, a species of mistletoe whose apparent ability to survive and thrive without several genes involved in the primary energy-producing pathway of oxygen-respiring organisms could make it one of the most unusual plants on Earth.

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Cannabis Testing Opens Up a Whole New Market

June 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Given recent law and attitude changes in the United States, the cannabis industry is on the rise— which means the cannabis testing industry is likewise growing. From analyzing potency and pesticides to testing for terpenes and residual solvents, chromatography is aptly suited to the analytical needs of the cannabis testing industry.

Gene Controls Soybean Seed Permeability, Calcium Content

June 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop's genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans.

Early European had Recent Neanderthal Relative

June 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

In 2002, archeologists discovered the jawbone of a human who lived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. Geneticists have now analyzed ancient DNA from that jawbone and learned that it belonged to a modern human whose recent ancestors included Neanderthals.

Tool May Help Gauge Value of Cancer Drugs

June 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. Today, a leading doctors group proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it— what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do.

North Korea Says it Cured Cancer, AIDS, Ebola with Wonder Drug

June 19, 2015 2:41 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Korea— which has allegedly starved millions of its people and is unable to treat even modest medical problems such as cataracts— has a new drug on the market that claims it can cure AIDS, Ebola and some cancers.

100,000 Californians Donate Genetic, Health Data for Research

June 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Genetics Society of America | News | Comments

By volunteering to mail saliva to researchers working with their health care provider, thousands of Californians have helped build one of the nation's most powerful research tools. Scientists have published the first reports describing these volunteers' genetic characteristics, how their self-reported ethnicity relates to genetic ancestry and details of the innovative methods that allowed them to complete DNA analysis within 14 months.

ICYMI: Sexually Confused Moths, Elephant Poop Busts Poachers, Earth and Sky Photo Contest

June 19, 2015 9:46 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Sexually confused moths at the museum, how elephant dung is cracking down on poachers and beautiful photos of the Earth and sky are the topics this week. 

Today in Lab History: Gaslights

June 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

An ordinance was passed on June 19, 1816 to allow the Gas Light Company of Baltimore to lay pipes in the city of Baltimore for gas-powered streetlights. Baltimore was the first city to allow it so broadly. London had some gaslights but not the systemic, city-wide version Baltimore was embracing.

Switching from Scat to Spray, Scientists Better at Tracking Tigers

June 18, 2015 2:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Like other cats and territorial animals, tigers mark their boundaries by spraying their scent. A new technique will allow conservation scientists to take advantage of this chemical language and better track the biggest cats of all.

Mold May Be Key to Better Biofuels

June 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals. They have identified the exact mechanism and structure of two key enzymes isolated from yeast molds that together provide a new, cleaner route to the production of hydrocarbons.

Simple Nanoparticles Hold Biomedical Potential

June 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

Study of Single Molecule Explains Gene Expression

June 18, 2015 2:20 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

By measuring the motion of single molecules, scientists have discovered how specialized proteins control gene expression by binding and compacting discrete parts of DNA inside the cell. The find has significant implications for genetics and cancer research.

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