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Artificial Bacteria Change Food into Diagnostic Test

May 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Univ. of Granada | News | Comments

Scientists have successfully created magnetic bacteria that could be added to foodstuffs and could, after ingestion, help diagnose diseases of the digestive system like stomach cancer. These important findings constitute the first use of a food as a natural drug and aid in diagnosing an illness, anywhere in the world.

Study Strengthens Link Between Insecticide, Colony Collapse Disorder

May 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard School of Public Health | News | Comments

Two widely used neonicotinoids— a class of insecticide— appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study. The study replicated a 2012 find from the same research group.

Biomolecule-decorated Polymer Films Advance Cell Research

May 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Univ., A'ndrea Elyse Messer | News | Comments

The ability to create conducting polymer films in a variety of shapes, thicknesses and surface properties rapidly and inexpensively will make growing and testing cells easier and more flexible.


New Plastics Grow Back After Damage

May 9, 2014 12:42 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. Until now, self-repairing materials could only bond tiny microscopic cracks. The new regenerating materials fill in large cracks and holes by regrowing material.

Scientists Still Working to ID 9/11 Victims

May 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Verena Dobnik | News | Comments

Forensic scientists are still trying to match thousands of bone slivers from the remains of people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 to DNA from the more than 1,000 victims who never came home and have never been identified.

Chemo Timing is Key to Success

May 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage. In studies with mice, the team showed that this one-two punch, which relies on a nanoparticle that carries two drugs and releases them at different times, dramatically shrinks lung and breast tumors.

Mummy Study Finds Ancient Egyptians Were Vegetarians

May 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Alexander Hellemans | News | Comments

A French research team figured out that, by looking at the carbon atoms in mummies that lived in Egypt between 3500 B.C. and 600 A.D., you could find out what they ate. They learned that, if you're a vegetarian, tucking in along the Nile thousands of years ago would have felt just like home.

Hormone Has Dual Role in Flower Formation

May 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

New research revealed that a plant hormone once believed to promote flower formation in annual plants also plays a role in inhibiting flowers from forming. The dual role of this hormone, gibberellin, could be exploited to produce higher-yielding crop plants.


Eucalyptus May Be Source of Biofuel

May 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Florida | News | Comments

Researchers, working to produce ethanol from plant material, are taking a hard look at eucalyptus as a possible source for the clean fuel. The team recently switched the focus of their lab-scale research from sugarcane and sorghum to eucalyptus.

Nature’s Secrets Can Improve Synthetic Catalysts

May 8, 2014 12:33 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Mother Nature's helper in turning nitrogen from the air into ammonia is an enzyme called nitrogenase that uses molybdenum and iron. Now, scientists want to learn natural catalyst's secrets and apply them to synthetic catalysts.

Light Can Detect Trace Amounts of Explosives

May 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibers.

Synthetic Peptides Can Influence Cell Survival

May 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Advanced Photon Source | News | Comments

Peptide amphiphiles are an emerging class of molecules that can be designed for novel therapies in advanced medicine.

Scientists Harness Vibrations to Produce Hydrogen

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Converting methane into hydrogen is crucial for clean energy and agriculture. This reaction requires water and a catalyst. Now, researchers have used a novel laser approach to control specific vibrations of a water molecule, which can affect the efficiency of the reaction.


Biodegradable Packaging May Help Cut Plastic Use

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Deakin Univ. | News | Comments

Humans use more than 100 million tons of plastics annually. Now, scientists are turning by-products of wood and wool into biodegradable packaging to help slash global plastic consumption.

Model Can Predict Perfume Scents

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a model that can help perfumers predict how various combinations of chemicals will smell.

Mother’s Day Special: Amazing Pregnancy Facts

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

A new video highlights the chemistry behind a pregnant woman's altered sense of taste and smell, how mom's diet influences baby's favorite foods and other pregnancy phenomena.

Rising CO2 Threatens Human Nutrition

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard School of Public Health | News | Comments

At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients.   

Catalysts May Be Key to Better, Cheaper Biofuels

May 8, 2014 7:00 am | by A*STAR | News | Comments

Research shows that new catalysts, which remove oxygenated compounds from bio-derived oils, may lead to better and cheaper renewable biofuels.

Energy Device Packs Power for Flexible Electronics

May 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

While flexible gadgets such as “electronic skin” and roll-up touch screens are moving ever closer to reality, their would-be power sources are either too wimpy or too stiff. A new energy device provides enough energy and flexibility for tomorrow’s bendable devices.

Luminescent Nanocrystal Tags Enable Rapid Detection of Pathogens

May 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A research team, using tunable luminescent nanocrystals as tags to advance medical and security imaging, have successfully applied them to high-speed scanning technology and detected multiple viruses within minutes.

Nanotube-embedded Shirt Protects You from Weapons

May 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

Nerve agents are among the world's most feared chemical weapons, but scientists have demonstrated a way to engineer carbon nanotubes to dismantle the molecules of a major class of these chemicals. In principle, they say, the nanotubes could be woven into clothing that destroys the nerve agents on contact before they reach the skin.

Honeybees' Changing Roles Linked to Brain Chemistry

May 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

As worker bees get older, their roles change from nursing and cleaning the hive to guarding and foraging. Now, researchers have found that the amounts of two substances vary by time and location in the brains of the honeybees in a way that mirrors the timing of their changing roles.

Antibacterial Fabric May Revolutionize Infection Control

May 7, 2014 7:00 am | by RMIT Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new antibacterial fabric that can kill a range of infectious bacteria within 10 minutes. The discovery could significantly reduce the risk of deadly hospital-acquired infections and revolutionize the way the medical industry deals with infection control.

New Lead for Possible Anthrax Vaccine

May 7, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Danny Altmann | News | Comments

Anthrax occupies a special role as a feared and potentially lethal disease, but the culmination of a 10-year research project has identified a section of its toxin that could produce an effective new vaccine.

Scientists Make Bone Marrow-on-a-chip

May 6, 2014 7:00 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have created an organ-on-a-chip that reproduces the structure, functions and cellular make-up of bone marrow, a complex tissue that until now could only be studied intact in living animals.

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