Chemistry

Plants That Defend Themselves Using Chemistry Could Replace Pesticides

Chemical triggers that make plants defend themselves against insects could replace pesticides, according to a new paper in Bioorganic&Medicinal Chemistry Letters which identifies five chemicals that trigger rice plants to fend off a common pest- the w ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 2 2015 - 12:48pm

Arsenic In Groundwater Mystery Solved

Groundwater in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam and China commonly contains concentrations of arsenic 20 to 100 times greater than the World Health Organization's recommended limit, resulting in more than 100 million people being poisone ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 5 2015 - 9:14am

An Injection-Free Future For Diabetic Patients- Seaweed Capsules

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death. Patients with type 1 diabetes have their insulin secreting cells destroyed by the immune system and require daily insulin injections. Pancreatic islet transplantation is an effective treatment that can dramat ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 1 2016 - 3:30pm

Malaria Treatment Fails Due To Drug-Resistant Parasites

It may be time to embrace DDT again. New findings from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) confirm dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine, the first-line treatment for Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection in Cambodia, has failed i ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2016 - 12:04am

Native Grass Make Super-Thin Condoms

Fibres from the Australian native spinifex grass are being used to improve latex that could be used to make condoms as thin as a human hair without any loss in strength. Working in partnership with Aboriginal traditional owners of the Camooweal region in ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 10 2016 - 7:01am

Beyond Diamonds And Gems: The World's Rarest Minerals

Scientists have inventoried and categorized all of Earth's rare mineral species described to date, each sampled from five or fewer sites around the globe. Individually, several of the species have a known supply worldwide smaller than a sugar cube. T ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 13 2016 - 8:30am

Nutritionists Claim Reviews Show A Difference Between Organic And Conventional Food

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Article - News Staff - Feb 16 2016 - 7:30am

Not Scared Of MSG: Salt And Sodium Intake Remains High In China

Though wealthy elites and fad-chasing food activists have promoted the idea that salt is a killer, the science doesn't show that. Instead, links are correlational. Asia has always been held up as a standard for health but as their incidence of hypert ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 16 2016 - 12:48pm

Low-Dose Exposure To Pesticides Like DDT Can Be Harmful To Brains, Says Study

Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are a group of environmental contaminants that were banned in industrialized countries decades ago, but sut since they accumulate through the food chain and remain for a very long time in the human body, especially adipose ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 17 2016 - 2:15pm

Recreational Drugs: Bath Salts Still Easy To Get, But Difficult To Detect In Biological Samples

Synthetic cathinones which produce effects similar to amphetamines and have been associated with numerous fatalities are derived from cathinone, which is present in the khat plant. Only supplement makers and buyers think if it happens in nature it must be ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 19 2016 - 11:04am