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Dartmouth scientists discover method to potentially repair nerve damage
Nerve damage from neurodegenerative disease and spinal cord injury has largely been considered irreversible, but Dartmouth researchers report progress in the effort to synthesize rare natural products that promote regeneration and growth of injured nerve cells. (2016-01-21)

Presentation and selection in food pantries
New research published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research suggests that food pantry clients deal with a number factors that can lead to a less healthy choice and that simple adjustments in the pantry set-up may help increase healthy choices. (2016-01-21)

Tecnalia develops legume protein-based films and coatings
The main aim of the European LEGUVAL project is to valorise the by-products of the legume processing industry, which are currently discarded, so that they can be used to prepare plastic materials for agriculture, packaging and automotive applications. (2016-01-20)

Gone fishin' for natural products, with a new dragnet
Nature contains a treasure trove of substances that could help fight human disease. Just this year, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honored the development of drugs that fight parasites and malaria based on such 'natural products.' But finding these molecules and discovering new chemical identities represents slow and painstaking work. This week in ACS Central Science, researchers report a new way to greatly speed up that process. (2016-01-20)

Louisiana Tech University student coauthors research in ACS journal
Joshua Tully, senior chemistry student at Louisiana Tech University, has coauthored a paper titled 'Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Enzyme Immobilization,' which has been published in 'Biomacromolecules,' a highly influential, international journal of the American Chemical Society. (2016-01-13)

Springer Heterocyclic Chemistry Award 2016 goes to Jérôme Waser
The Springer Heterocyclic Chemistry Award 2016 has been given to Jérôme Waser from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for his exceptional research achievements. Waser has contributed significantly to the advancement of multiple areas of heterocyclic chemistry, and his highly original work has already had an impact in academia and industry. The award will be presented at the European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry in Amsterdam from July 3-6, 2016. (2016-01-12)

CRIQ and INRS awarded a patent for a system that removes micropollutants from wastewater
A US patent was recently awarded jointly to Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec and Institut national de recherche scientifique for a system and a process that remove emerging micropollutants from industrial wastewater. (2016-01-12)

Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they're sold
The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments -- from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability of them, affected consumers' perceptions? A University of Illinois researcher and her team designed an experiment to provide insight on some of the variables that may influence opinions about organic foods. (2016-01-11)

Most top-selling, over-the-counter sexual treatments unproven, some could be harmful
From horny goat weed to ginseng and maca, over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health contain a wide variety of (2016-01-11)

First ever digital geologic map of Alaska published
A new digital geologic map of Alaska is being released providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to recreation, resource extraction, conservation, and natural hazards. (2016-01-05)

Are you a 'harbinger of failure'?
Some consumers have an unerring knack for buying unpopular products. (2015-12-22)

Looking for the next superfood? When in Europe, search no further than black raspberries
A group of Polish researchers measured the content of phenolics and anthocyanins in black raspberries, red raspberries and blackberries, assessing their antioxidant potential and health benefits. It turns out that the amount of antioxidants in black raspberries was three times higher than the other fruits under investigation. (2015-12-21)

West coast log, lumber exports down in third quarter of 2015
The latest data summarizing West coast log and lumber exports in the third quarter of this year were released today by the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station. The data--covering exports during July, August, and September 2015 -- were compiled and the analysis conducted by Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the station. (2015-12-18)

Untested, unapproved compounded hormone prescriptions reach 26 to 33 million a year
The number of prescriptions for mostly unregulated compounded hormone therapy for women at menopause has reached an estimated 26 to 33 million a year. That approaches the 36 million prescriptions per year for well-regulated and tested FDA-approved hormone therapy, shows an analysis of the market compounded hormone therapy market, published online this month in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. (2015-12-18)

Scientists are paving the way for more sustainable Danish berry production
Blackcurrants, sour cherries and other delicious and healthy berries can become novel ingredients in specialist food products such as wine, vinegar and juice. This is one of the methods used in a new project led by Aarhus University to increase the sustainability of the Danish berry production. (2015-12-17)

New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals
Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. (2015-12-11)

Use of bacteriophages as a substitute for antibiotics to eliminate bacteria
The presence of pathogenic microorganisms, in other words, those that cause diseases, is one of the main problems fish farms are facing. To look for a solution that does not affect the health of the fish or of consumers, Azti-Tecnalia is coordinating a project to identify bacteriophages, organisms that infect and destroy bacteria; this move is designed to put an end to these pathogens without affecting the communities of environmental and intestinal bacteria in aquaculture. (2015-12-10)

Shaking the nanomaterials out
Nano implies small -- and that's great for use in medical devices, beauty products and smartphones -- but it's also a problem. All these tiny particles get into our water and are difficult to remove. Now, Michigan Tech researchers Yoke Khin Yap and Dongyang Zhang have a novel and very simple way to take the nanomaterials out. (2015-12-10)

It is about me
Researchers say a rising trend in narcissism is cause for retailing and manufacturing firms offering customizable products to rethink their marketing strategies. (2015-12-09)

New method allows scientists to screen natural products for antibiotics
Biologists at UC San Diego have found that a method they developed to identify and characterize new antibiotics can be employed to screen natural products quickly for compounds capable of controlling antibiotic resistant bacteria. (2015-12-09)

From food waste to food delicacies
Denmark's enormous food waste can be reduced by a more efficient use of the raw materials. Scientists from Aarhus University are involved in a project that examines how waste from the production of fruit and vegetables can be converted into new types of delicacies. (2015-12-08)

Green tea impairs development, reproduction in fruit flies, UCI study finds
Although green tea is enjoyed by millions for its numerous health benefits, University of California, Irvine researchers have discovered that excessive consumption adversely affected development and reproduction in fruit fly populations. (2015-12-07)

Food packages can 'speak' and help consumers make sustainable decisions
Mater Dynamics, a Portuguese startup company, received the highest prize in the fourth Energia de Portugal competition. The entrepreneurship contest, promoted by Expresso and EDP, culminated in an investment pitch competition, where Mater Dynamics won the 20,000€ prize. (2015-12-02)

Study finds flame retardant exposure higher in infants than adults
In October, Macy's joined a growing list of major retail stores that have pledged to stop selling furniture containing flame retardants, which research suggests could cause developmental problems. Despite the trend, however, it could take years before widespread exposure declines. And now, a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology has revealed more bad news: Infants could potentially be affected the most. The report also looks at potential exposure routes. (2015-12-02)

US forest products in the global economy
Although the United States leads the world in both production and consumption of forest products, the US share of the global forest products market has declined precipitously since the 1990s. The declines are a result of decreases in US construction and paper manufacturing, according to a new study by US Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) economists recently published in the Journal of Forestry. (2015-12-02)

CU Denver research finds long term effect of natural gas leakage
As natural gas production increases around the nation, new research from the University of Colorado Denver shows that it can have a similar impact on climate change as coal if it's allowed to leak while producing electricity. (2015-12-02)

Decline in cognitive ability leads to fear of upfront costs
Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning at Mizzou, has found that older individuals with lower cognitive abilities are susceptible to behavioral biases, such as being adverse to upfront costs. (2015-12-01)

Photonic 'sintering' may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies
Engineers have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic 'sintering,' which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple as a sheet of paper or plastic. (2015-12-01)

Insect DNA extracted, sequenced from black widow spider web
Scientists extracted DNA from spider webs to identify the web's spider architect and the prey that crossed it, according to this proof-of-concept study published Nov. 25, 2015, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Charles C. Y. Xu from the University of Notre Dame and colleagues. (2015-11-25)

The United Arab Emirates University organizes a symposium on intellectual property and the transfer of technology
As part of the United Arab Emirates University's ambitious vision and in response to the directives of His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chancellor of UAEU, the Intellectual Property and Transfer of Technology Office from the Department of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, organized a symposium on Intellectual Property and the Transfer of Technology on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (2015-11-25)

Osteoarthritis finding sheds new light on HA injection controversy
A discovery by Cornell University bioengineers is shedding new light on the controversy surrounding a common treatment for osteoarthritis that has divided the medical community over its effectiveness. (2015-11-25)

The United Arab Emirates University holds the First UAEU Annual Research and Innovation Conference
Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of UAEU, the UAEU Annual Research and Innovation Conference (2015) opened under the 'UAE Innovates' banner on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in the Crescent Building at the university. This was part of UAEU Innovation Week and also part of a strategic vision to disseminate knowledge to the community and achieve excellence at regional and global levels. (2015-11-25)

Cheesy products
Online shopping is booming. Scientists from the Vetmeduni Vienna examined the microbiological safety, packaging and labeling of a variety of raw milk cheeses sold online. Of 108 cheeses from seven different European countries, only 19 fulfilled all European guideline requirements. More than half of the products were not cooled properly during delivery, and two products were contaminated with the major food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The results were published in the journal Food Control. (2015-11-24)

Hiding tobacco products at convenience stores reduces teens' risk of future tobacco use
The study, conducted in a one-of-a-kind laboratory replica of a convenience store, is the first to use a realistic setting to examine whether limiting displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets can reduce the intention of young people to begin smoking. Researchers found an 11 percent reduction in cigarette smoking susceptibility when the tobacco 'power wall' was hidden compared to when the display of tobacco products was visible behind the cashier. (2015-11-23)

Export of wood pellets from US to EU more environmentally friendly than coal
A new study co-written by Madhu Khanna, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, found that harvesting wood pellets in the US and exporting them to the EU was more environmentally friendly than burning coal in the EU to generate electricity. (2015-11-20)

Cornell engineers develop 'killer cells' to destroy cancer in lymph nodes
Cornell biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells -- dubbed 'super natural killer cells' -- that seek out cancer cells in lymph nodes with only one purpose: destroy them. This breakthrough halts the onset of metastasis, according to a new Cornell study published this month in the journal Biomaterials. (2015-11-12)

Sausages with antioxidants from berries to prevent cancer
An EU-funded research project is to make sausages, patties and other meat products healthier in the future. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and four other European research institutions have launched a joint project to reduce the risk of colon cancer -- the most common cancer of the gastrointestinal tract in Sweden. (2015-11-11)

Commercial sea salt samples purchased in China contaminated with microplastics
Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are showing up in bodies of water around the world, and are accumulating in aquatic creatures, including fish and shellfish. Now scientists, after testing a sampling of commercial products in China, have reported for the first time that they also could be contaminating something else we consume from the sea salt. Their study appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2015-11-11)

Medicines do not seem to degrade faster in space
The results of an opportunistic, pilot-scale study led by Virginia Wotring of the Center for Space Medicine and Department of Pharmacology at Baylor College of Medicine in the US suggest that medication degradation on the International Space Station does not differ from what is typically seen on Earth. The study, which used medicine samples sent back to Earth from the ISS, appears in The AAPS Journal, an official journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, published by Springer. (2015-11-10)

Tobacco use fueled by e-cigs, hookah remains high among US Hispanics/Latinos
Tobacco use remains a serious problem among Hispanic/Latino adults, with increasing use and acceptance of e-cigarettes and hookah among younger tobacco users living in the United States, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2015. (2015-11-10)

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