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ACS in the News - January 5, 2010

ACS in the News - January 5, 2010

ACS in the News

January 5, 2010

'ACS in the News' publishes daily articles from newspapers, blogs and magazines about the American Chemical Society and its 38 peer-reviewed journals. Full-text links to the articles below can also be found in the attached document.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.: daily circulation 81,821)

“Smell food, feel full”

January 4, 2010

A new generation of foods that make people feel full by releasing anti-hunger aromas during chewing is now a real possibility. Such foods would fight the global epidemic of obesity with aromas that quench hunger and prevent people from overeating. Rianne Ruijschop and colleagues in the Netherlands note that scientists long have tried to develop tasty foods that trigger or boost the feeling of fullness. Until recently, that research focused on the food's effects in stomach after people swallow it. Researchers now have expanded their quest to include foods that release hunger-quenching aromas during chewing. Molecules that make up a food's aroma apparently are able to activate areas of the brain that signal fullness. (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

The Green Life (San Francisco, Calif.: 20,100 monthly unique users)

“A Sparkling Clean New Year”

January 4, 2010

This New Year's Eve, glorious bursts of fireworks illuminated the sky as each time zone rotated into 2010. Happily, the post-celebration air wasn't as dirty as in years past, according to new research by the American Chemical Society. Chemists have devised ways to replace the notoriously noxious ingredients in pyrotechnics with cleaner materials that discharge fewer pollutants and leave less smoke. Now that the science is in place, the challenge is to convince event organizers to pay extra for the newfangled sparklers.

Reuters (London, England: “viewed by more than 1 billion monthly”)

“Activx Biosciences Head Receives Distinguished Scientist Award”

January 4, 2010

Dr. John W. Kozarich, Chairman & President of Activx Biosciences, Inc. (La Jolla, CA), has received the 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award from the San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions spanning a variety of scientific endeavors including academic and industrial research, teaching, corporate leadership, mentoring young scientists and philanthropy. Created in 1992, the award has honored many of San Diego's top chemists and Dr. Kozarich is honored to have been chosen as the 2009 recipient of this award. (Evergreen, Va.: 1.2 million monthly unique users)

“Quantum age edges closer”

January 5, 2010

The arrival of superfast quantum computing is closer following recent breakthroughs by an international team led by UNSW researchers. Superfast quantum computing is closer than ever following recent breakthroughs by an international team led by researchers from the University of New South Wales. Quantum computing relies on controlling and observing the behaviour of quantum particles - for instance individual electrons - to deliver enormous processing power. In the two breakthroughs, written up in the international journals Nano Letters and Applied Physics Letters, researchers have for the first time demonstrated two ways to deliberately place an electron in a nano-sized device on a silicon chip. The achievements set the stage for the next crucial steps of being able to observe and then control the electron’s quantum state or "spin", to create a quantum bit.

… From the Blogs

Agriculture News

“Soil studies reveal rise in antibiotic resistance”

January 4, 2010

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, Newcastle University scientists have found… Published online this week in the academic journal Environmental Science and Technology, the report uses data taken from five sites in the Netherlands. The team, which also includes Dr Charles Knapp and Dr Jan Dolfing, of Newcastle University, and Dr Phillip Ehlert, Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, found that 78 per cent of genes from four classes of antibiotics showed increasing levels since 1940 - despite continued efforts to reduce environmental levels.


“Top Ten Tips For Better Heart Health”

January 3, 2010

Valentine's Day makes February a natural for American Heart Month. How can you make sure your heart will keep going pitter-patter, without going kerplunk? Let us count the ways... 4. "Beet" heart disease. Beets contain the antioxidant betanin, which can help keep LDL (bad) cholesterol from clogging your arteries, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Rhetoric & Rhythm

“Happy New Year”

January 4, 2010

It's my first post of the new year and here is what's on my mind: a great in-depth article in Chemical & Engineering News about the whole climate change controversy.