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Underground disturbances linked to fracking could be harbingers of eventual water-quality problems

Underground disturbances linked to fracking could be harbingers of eventual water-quality problems

A new study has found heightened concentrations of some common substances in drinking water near sites where hydraulic fracturing has taken place. [More]
NUS researchers identify molecular switch that makes breast cancer cells more aggressive

NUS researchers identify molecular switch that makes breast cancer cells more aggressive

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has established novel insights into the relationship between breast cancer tumour intracellular redox environment and the cancer cells' ability to become invasive. [More]
Study finds link between childhood manganese exposure and attentional dysfunction in rodent model

Study finds link between childhood manganese exposure and attentional dysfunction in rodent model

Researchers using a rodent model of childhood manganese exposure have found that too much manganese early in development causes lasting attention deficits and other impairments. [More]
Manganese-based antioxidant complex of Deinococcus protects mice from gamma radiation

Manganese-based antioxidant complex of Deinococcus protects mice from gamma radiation

They call it "Conan the Bacterium," and now it may be used to help save lives in the event of a nuclear disaster or terrorist attack. [More]
Diet and lifestyle may play greater role than genetics in cataract development, severity

Diet and lifestyle may play greater role than genetics in cataract development, severity

A diet rich in vitamin C could cut risk of cataract progression by a third, suggests a study being published online today in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The research is also the first to show that diet and lifestyle may play a greater role than genetics in cataract development and severity. [More]
Metrohm recognizes Top 5 applicants of 2016 Young Chemist award

Metrohm recognizes Top 5 applicants of 2016 Young Chemist award

Metrohm USA is proud to recognize the Top 5 applicants of its 2016 Young Chemist award. In addition to this year’s $10,000 award winner Amay Bandodkar from the University of California San Diego, the expert panel also awarded four honorable mention awards. [More]
New protein supplement lowers cholesterol, prevents osteoporosis

New protein supplement lowers cholesterol, prevents osteoporosis

Scientists developed a supplement to maintain optimal health that contributes to the growth and development of children and adolescents. It also prevents osteoporosis and certain cancers such as breast and prostate. [More]
New manganese-based catalyst may accelerate drug discovery, development

New manganese-based catalyst may accelerate drug discovery, development

Chemists have long believed that inserting nitrogen -- a beneficial ingredient for making many pharmaceuticals and other biologically active molecules -- into a carbon-hydrogen bond requires a trade-off between catalyst reactivity and selectivity. [More]
UI study shows biomass has environmental and health benefits

UI study shows biomass has environmental and health benefits

Biomass burning sometimes gets a bad rap. That's because many associate the burning of living and dead vegetation with human-caused fires and clearing of land that release unhealthy particles and gases that spur global warming. [More]
New nanometer catalyst filter removes 100% of particle substances of cigarette smoke

New nanometer catalyst filter removes 100% of particle substances of cigarette smoke

The research team led by Dr. Jongsoo Jurng and Dr. Gwi-Nam at KIST stated that, "In cooperation with KT&G, KIST has developed a nano-catalyst filter coated with a manganese oxide-based nano-catalyst, which can be used in a smoking room to reduce and purify major harmful substances of cigarette smoke. [More]
Heavy metallic elements influence AMD progression

Heavy metallic elements influence AMD progression

Researchers report associations between age-related macular degeneration and five heavy metallic elements, in findings that highlight the detrimental effects of pollution but the possible benefits of essential elements supplementation. [More]
DFG selects 10 researchers to receive 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

DFG selects 10 researchers to receive 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

This year's recipients of the most important prize for early career researchers in Germany have been announced. The selection committee, appointed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), has chosen ten researchers, five women and five men, to receive the 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. [More]
University of Adelaide study reveals how metal cadmium causes toxicity in living cells

University of Adelaide study reveals how metal cadmium causes toxicity in living cells

University of Adelaide research has uncovered how the metal cadmium, which is accumulating in the food chain, causes toxicity in living cells. [More]
AMBER unveils new bone repair technology

AMBER unveils new bone repair technology

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre, hosted in Trinity College Dublin, has today unveiled a new bone repair technology, which has led to an injured racehorse returning to winning ways after successful jaw reconstruction. [More]
Iron accumulation in human tissues may contribute to the aging process

Iron accumulation in human tissues may contribute to the aging process

It's been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson's. Common belief has held that iron accumulation happens as a result of the aging process. [More]

Virginia Tech researchers call for critical review of EPA's secondary standards for drinking water

Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best. Top contenders for why water-drinking quality might become suspect to the average consumer include California's drought conditions, the technology of fracking, and the nationwide aging infrastructure of rusty, degrading pipes. [More]
FDA approves RYTARY for Parkinson's disease treatment

FDA approves RYTARY for Parkinson's disease treatment

Impax Pharmaceuticals, a division of Impax Laboratories, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved RYTARY, an extended-release oral capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa, for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and / or manganese intoxication. [More]

Researchers develop low-cost methods to tap arsenic-safe drinking water

Arsenic poisoning is widespread in Bangladesh, where ground water is contaminated by runoff from the Himalayas. [More]
NRL scientists develop novel one-step process to form oxide nanoparticles

NRL scientists develop novel one-step process to form oxide nanoparticles

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly form oxide nanoparticles from simple salt solutions in water. [More]
Nature of chemicals released into water became problem with air quality

Nature of chemicals released into water became problem with air quality

Andrea Dietrich and Amanda Sain of Virginia Tech's Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering estimated that 50 percent of the population taste threshold for manganese II in water, the simplest ionic manganese oxide, to be more than 1000 times the current EPA allowable level. [More]
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