Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 22, 2015
Turning packing peanuts into energy-storing battery components (video)
One person's trash literally could become another's high-tech treasure, according to researchers who have developed a way to turn discarded packing peanuts into components for rechargeable batteries that could outperform the ones we use currently.

Rush to crush risks medicine effectiveness
People who take more than four doses of medicine a day appear more likely to crush tablets or open capsules potentially reducing their effectiveness, QUT research has found.

Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut
Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid.

Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens
A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be major contributors to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season.

Vitamin D may keep low-grade prostate cancer from becoming aggressive
Taking vitamin D supplements could slow or even reverse the progression of less aggressive, or low-grade, prostate tumors without the need for surgery or radiation, a scientist will report today at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Opossum-based antidote to poisonous snake bites could save thousands of lives
Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Experts warn of potential upsurge in mosquito and tick-borne diseases as UK climate gets warmer
Climate change could accelerate the emergence of vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and West Nile virus in the UK, warn leading public health experts Dr.

Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance
Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes.

New potential for personalized treatments in bowel cancer
Scientists have found that genetic changes in bowel tumors are linked to the way the body's immune system responds to the cancer.

New processing technology converts packing peanuts to battery components
Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.

ACS recognizes the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
The Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society will recognize the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for its tireless efforts in promoting the peaceful use of chemistry at the Society's 249th National Meeting & Exposition.

Blood test for patients on acne medication deemed unnecessary
A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense.

A molecule from plants and trees could make our roads and roofs 'greener'
Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions and make them more environmentally friendly.
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