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  • July 10, 2014
  • 05:58 PM
  • 503 views

Sponge-Like Material Helps Li-Ion Batteries Run Longer

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new porous, sponge-like material that can be used as an anti-pulverization structure for high-performance lithium-ion battery anodes.... Read more »

  • July 9, 2014
  • 03:43 PM
  • 368 views

Researchers Create Sand-Based Li-Ion Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed an inexpensive way to produce sand-based Li-ion batteries.... Read more »

  • July 9, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 297 views

GluA2 receptor ligand-binding domain: The PacMan that makes things happen

by Clay Clark in Biochem Blogs

This semester’s protein journal club topic was on hydrogen deuterium exchange (HDX). We could discuss any paper that used either mass spectrometry (MS) or nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to better understand how an enzyme worked. The paper I discussed focused on how a glutamate receptor’s ligand binding domain (LBD) dynamically interacts with agonists. So let’s […]... Read more »

  • July 9, 2014
  • 08:58 AM
  • 527 views

New Electrochemistry Tech Makes Batteries Last Longer

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Alberta have used a process called induced fluorination to create faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries.... Read more »

  • July 8, 2014
  • 02:17 PM
  • 423 views

Skin Cells and Skin… smells?!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Yeah we all know that your nose smells. Yawn! Boring I know, this isn’t kindergarten this is Loony Labs! Thankfully that isn’t what I have for you [as much as […]... Read more »

Busse, D., Kudella, P., Grüning, N., Gisselmann, G., Ständer, S., Luger, T., Jacobsen, F., Steinsträßer, L., Paus, R., Gkogkolou, P.... (2014) A Synthetic Sandalwood Odorant Induces Wound Healing Processes in Human Keratinocytes via the Olfactory Receptor OR2AT4. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. DOI: 10.1038/jid.2014.273  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 07:55 AM
  • 304 views

Scientists Uncover Mechanism for Soot Formation

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Hawaii and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds.... Read more »

Parker, D., Kaiser, R., Troy, T., & Ahmed, M. (2014) Hydrogen Abstraction-Acetylene Addition Revealed. Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201404537  

  • July 4, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 664 views

Finally! A Definite Cause of Autism: Hint it isn’t Vaccines

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Autism, not caused by vaccines. In fact I’ve written several posts on the genetic clues to autism, now a new study offers more proof that it is purely genetic [at […]... Read more »

Bernier, R., Golzio, C., Xiong, B., Stessman, H., Coe, B., Penn, O., Witherspoon, K., Gerdts, J., Baker, C., Vulto-van Silfhout, A.... (2014) Disruptive CHD8 Mutations Define a Subtype of Autism Early in Development. Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.017  

  • July 3, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 531 views

Why you Should Not Fear Testosterone Therapy

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Testosterone, to some it’s a bad word, bringing crazy images like “roid rage” and the like. To others with more than just a pop culture understanding it is a lifesaver. […]... Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 03:54 PM
  • 702 views

Plant = Pill?

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

E. Longfolia: an aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, and anti-malarial miracle plant. [Infographic]... Read more »

Tran TV, Malainer C, Schwaiger S, Atanasov AG, Heiss EH, Dirsch VM, & Stuppner H. (2014) NF-κB inhibitors from Eurycoma longifolia. Journal of natural products, 77(3), 483-8. PMID: 24467387  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 10:07 PM
  • 628 views

How much surface area can you fit in a space the size of an ice cube? Several football fields in a new battery cathode!

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Researchers from Canada and Germany have found a new way to create a porous cathode for Li-S batteries with greatly improved surface area to volume ratio.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 05:36 PM
  • 461 views

Porous Nanofiber Opens Way for Better Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Chemists at the NIM Cluster at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have created a novel type of porous nanofiber that can help make lithium-sulfur batteries more efficient.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:18 PM
  • 509 views

St. Johns Wart and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]... Read more »

Davis SA, Feldman SR, & Taylor SL. (2014) Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 24956073  

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O., & David Spence, J. (2002) Grapefruit juice-drug interactions. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46(2), 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:18 PM
  • 439 views

St. Johns Wort and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]... Read more »

Davis SA, Feldman SR, & Taylor SL. (2014) Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 24956073  

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O., & David Spence, J. (2002) Grapefruit juice-drug interactions. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46(2), 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 337 views

Response regulators…the new Holy Grail in the world of antibiotics?

by Clay Clark in Biochem Blogs

In this day and age, the human race is plagued with resilient, pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious complications in our lives. These bacteria cause problems because they are resistant to many of our most powerful antibiotics, methicillin and vancomycin for example. Typically, these antibiotics interfere with the biosynthesis of bacterial peptidoglycan—a protective outer-layer of […]... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 04:19 PM
  • 415 views

Aqueous Flow Organic Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage Developed

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have created an inexpensive aqueous flow organic battery for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery contains no metals or toxic materials.... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 01:38 PM
  • 500 views

Noninvasive Brain Control via Jaws!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Mind control, we’ve seen several semi [see very] invasive ways to make it happen here from the Labs. Now those crazy scientists from MIT  have developed a technique that allows […]... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 12:43 PM
  • 479 views

Novel Device Cleans Up Spills by Pumping Oil Through ‘Sponge’

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

While porous hydrophobic/oleophilic materials (PHOMs) show promise for cleaning up oil spills, such a cleanup would require a large quantity of PHOMS due to their limited absorption capacity. Chinese scientists have now proposed a way to solve this problem.... Read more »

  • June 28, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 770 views

A Startling New Climate Change Revelation!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Call out the troops, call the Marines, we need tanks, lots of tanks. Well okay, maybe not. Brute force won’t stop global warming and thanks to a new study on […]... Read more »

Pierrehumbert, R. (2014) Short-Lived Climate Pollution. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 341-379. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-054843  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 01:19 PM
  • 541 views

Tofu and Solar Cells: An unlikely pairing

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Solar cells, they’re kind of a big deal. Good for the environment, produce power from that big ball of burning gas we call our sun, they like long walks on […]... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • 474 views

THE FUTURE OF FOOD?

by Lucy Gee in Antisense Science

In the world food has always been a necessity, but for most it represents a ritual, a pleasure, our culture. For many of us it’s synonymous with celebration and often associated with some of the happier moments in our lives – but do we need it? One man, Rob Rhinehart has embarked on a new life, without the need for solid food. He has created a product named Soylent (I know what you’re thinking, like that sci-fi book right? We’ve all heard of Soylent Green), which is an entire food replacement powder. Just mix this in with water and a few vitamin supplements and you’re good to go; you never have to eat again. But does it work? Is it safe? Is this the future of food?
... Read more »

Epstein LH, Carr KA, Cavanaugh MD, Paluch RA, & Bouton ME. (2011) Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 94(2), 371-6. PMID: 21593492  

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