Archive | November, 2011

Chewing Gum and Ear Infections

While I consider myself to be an informed microbiologist, I had never heard the assertion that chewing gum may reduce the incidence of ear infections among children. As we all know from our primary and secondary school educations, chewing gum is frowned upon and in the old days landed some of us detention! Therefore, a piece in […]

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Researchers discover new class of antimalarial compounds…

Researchers discover new class of antimalarial compounds… Researchers have discovered a group of chemical compounds that might one day be developed into drugs that can treat malaria infection in both the liver and the bloodstream. The study, which appears in the Nov. 18 issue of Science, was led by Elizabeth A. Winzeler, Ph.D., of the Scripps Research […]

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What’s the best month to be born?

According to a post from Stuart Farrimond, there’s a wealth of data showing that your month of birth actually has a very small but noticeable difference in your long-term health. Not because of astrological nonsense, but because of exposure to sunlight, disease and other factors during critical developmental periods. For example, spring babies end up […]

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New efficient synthesis for Taxol ?

The taxadiene synthesis is more than just a midway stop on the way to Taxol®. The current commercial Taxol® production method, which involves culturing cells from the yew tree, is more economical than any new synthesis is likely to be. Instead, Baran and his team are aiming to understand the processes used in nature to […]

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Pier review and quay metrics

UPDATE: Looks like the tide has turned and that there is now pier pressure to come up with the biggest breaker. David Dobbs now tells us there is no one shore path to assessment. Earlier, I mentioned hypothes.is and how it was hoping to bring peer review to the internet. Immediately, the idea was greeted […]

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Hydrogen Generation and Storage with Formic Acid

Hydrogen occupies a central role in the field of renewable, green energies. It is however not a very convenient compound to work with, being highly flammable, gaseous above -253°C (at ambient pressure) – and therefore difficult to store and transport. Further, its energy density per volume is relatively low. Finding alternative ways to safely store […]

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