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Guest Blog: Metal Oxide Nanoparticles in Food Won't Kill You

June 4, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Andrew Maynard | Blogs | Comments

Recently Mother Jones published an article on the dangers of food laced with tiny metal oxide particles. The article, however, is laced with errors and misinformation.

Research Brings 'Fuel of the Future' Closer to Reality

June 4, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists have created a method for transforming hydrogen gas into a less flammable liquid fuel that can be safely stored and transported.

Scientists Use DNA Origami to Make 2-D Structures

June 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by New York Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a method using DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nanomaterials into two dimensions. Their breakthrough offers the potential to enhance fiber optics and electronic devices by reducing their size and increasing their speed.


3-D Silicon Shapes Fold Themselves When Wetted

June 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Using only a drop of water, scientists have folded flat sheets of silicon nitride into cubes, pyramids, half soccer-ball-shaped bowls and long triangular structures that resemble Toblerone chocolate bars, which are almost too tiny to see with the naked eye.

Health Supplement Damages Fetuses’ Pancreas

June 3, 2014 7:00 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

New research suggests that although resveratrol, found in red wine and frequently taken as a supplement, improved blood flow through the placenta of macaque monkeys and protected against harmful aspects of obesity, it injured the fetal pancreas.

Edison Laid Foundation for the Modern Lab

June 3, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

Thomas Edison was one of the greatest inventors in history. He also had a love of chemistry and the workspace he created is considered the template for modern R&D labs everywhere.

Scientists Spin Ultra-strong Cellulose Fibers

June 3, 2014 7:00 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

A research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibers. The novel procedure spins extremely tough filaments from tiny cellulose fibrils by aligning them all in parallel during the production process.

Yellow Solution for Green Fertilizer

June 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by Univ. of Technology, Sydney | News | Comments

It’s a squeamish topic, but with global pressure on food production and infrastructure because of rapidly growing urban populations, recovering and reusing urine as a fertilizer for crop production is an opportunity we can’t afford to pass up.


Trial Shows Promise for Curing Puppies

June 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dave Kolpack | News | Comments

A company that discovered an antibody technology while trying to cure flocks of dying geese is using its research for a more warm and fuzzy purpose: saving puppies. Early tests performed on about 50 puppies in seven states have resulted in a 90 percent cure rate for canine parvovirus, which spreads through animal waste and direct contact between dogs.

Nanotubes Used to Track Movement Inside Cells

June 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Rice Univ. | Videos | Comments

Chemical engineers and biophysicists have successfully tracked single molecules inside living cells with carbon nanotubes. Through this new method, they found that cells stir their interiors using the same motor proteins that serve in muscle contraction.

Wormlike Motion Lets Gels Wiggle Through Water

June 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt, take a closer look. What you’re seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature. Now, an undergrad has used a worm’s contracting and expanding motion to provide a way for gels to swim in water.

Drug Protects Cancer Patients' Fertility

June 2, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Doctors may have found a way to help young breast cancer patients avoid infertility caused by chemotherapy. Being given a drug to shut down the ovaries temporarily seems to boost the odds they will work after treatment ends, and it might even improve survival.

Nanotech Screens for Diabetes

May 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A sensor that can be used to screen for diabetes in resource-poor settings has been developed by researchers and tested in diabetic patients, and will soon be field tested in sub-Saharan Africa.


Saliva May Fend Off DNA-damaging Chemicals in Food

May 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A compound in saliva, along with common proteins in blood and muscle, may protect human cells from powerful toxins in tea, coffee and liquid smoke flavoring.

Desalination Lets Israel Shrug Off Drought

May 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Josef Federman | News | Comments

While previous droughts have been accompanied by impassioned PSAs to conserve, Israel’s driest winter on record has been greeted with a shrug— thanks in large part to an aggressive desalination program that has transformed this perennially parched land into perhaps the most well-hydrated country in the region.

Method IDs Human Hair Quickly, Accurately

May 29, 2014 1:34 pm | by Queen’s Univ. | News | Comments

Crime fighters could have a new tool at their disposal following promising research that yielded a test to identify human hair that is quicker than DNA analysis techniques currently used. Early sample testing produced a 100 percent success rate.

Amber Suggests Lyme Disease is Older than Humans

May 29, 2014 1:08 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show the bacteria that cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years– long before any humans walked on Earth.

Vitamin C Coating Can Reduce Clotting Risks

May 29, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Coating stents with vitamin C could make the life-saving devices even safer for propping open blood vessels.

Researchers Visualize Desorption of Oxygen from Silver

May 29, 2014 7:00 am | by LMU Munich | News | Comments

In a recent study, researchers successfully visualized the desorption of oxygen molecules from a silver surface for the first time. The effects account for the shortcomings of conventional models of desorption.

Feds Retract Statement: MERS Didn't Spread Person to Person

May 28, 2014 3:17 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

Health officials have backtracked on an earlier report that a mysterious Middle East virus had apparently spread from one person to another in the U.S. Additional testing has shown the virus did not, in fact, spread to an Illinois man from a traveler he'd met in a business meeting.

Wood-waste Biofuel to Transform Shipping Industry

May 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Aston Univ. | News | Comments

A sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Bacteria Changes Shape to Escape Detection

May 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Every once in a while in the U.S., bacterial meningitis seems to crop up out of nowhere, claiming a young life. Part of the disease’s danger is the ability of the bacteria to evade the body’s immune system. Now, scientists are figuring out how the pathogen hides in plain sight.

Earth-friendly Method Makes Bright White Cotton

May 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

With a growing number of consumers demanding more earth-friendly practices from the fashion world, scientists are developing new ways to produce textiles to help meet rising expectations. One such method can dramatically reduce the amount of energy it takes to bleach cotton while improving the quality of the popular material.

Chemistry Behind the Alluring Scent of Bacon

May 28, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

What is it about cooking bacon that makes it smell so good? A team of chemists has put its nose into everyone's favorite breakfast food to find out.

Method Controls Growth of Metal Crystals

May 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Warwick | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the first ever method for controlling the growth of metal-crystals from single atoms. The method, called nanocrystallometry, allows for the creation of precise components for use in nanotechnology.

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