Science Elements

Science news podcasts from the American Chemical Society

A weekly digest of cutting edge research from the American Chemical Society

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Episode 355 – April 17, 2014

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Two more reasons to indulge in a bit of chocolate.

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Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes

Episode 354 – April 16, 2014

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How sparkling is champagne? Let us count the ways.

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How bubbly is your champagne?

Episode 353 – April 14, 2014

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Beer marinade helps make grilled meats healthier.

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Beer marinade could slash levels of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats

Episode 352 – April 10, 2014

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Wee! Something you really shouldn't do in the pool.

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Is it safe to pee in the pool?

Episode 351 – April 09, 2014

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Scientists close in on way to keep electronic parts from clogging up the works.

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Keeping small electronic parts from sticking together

Episode 350 – April 07, 2014

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A shot in the dark? A keen new tool could help solve crimes.

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Improving what investigators can learn from gunshot residue

Episode 349 – April 03, 2014

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What wowed researchers at the ACS National Meeting.

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ACS National Meeting in Dallas

Episode 348 – April 02, 2014

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A 500-year-old musical score gives directions for making the 'philosopher's stone.'

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Chemically-inspired music includes secrets of the ‘philosopher’s stone.’

Episode 347 – March 31, 2014

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A wristband unlike any other could help detect environmental hazards.

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A wristband for a different kind of cause — environmental health

Episode 346 – March 27, 2014

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The hunt is on for a new way to detect diabetes.

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How the science of deer hunting can help patients with diabetes

Episode 345 – March 26, 2014

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The quest to make low and non-fat foods more appetizing.

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Better-tasting reduced-fat desserts, dressings, sauces: Coming soon?

Episode 344 – March 24, 2014

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Using animals in drug testing could be on its way out.

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An end to animal testing for drug discovery?

Episode 343 – March 20, 2014

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Scientists are making key discovering about homegrown vodkas in the Lone Star state.

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Texans are turning to a different kind of spirit — vodka — and saltier is better

Episode 342 – March 19, 2014

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Honey could be one sweet solution to the ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

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Honey is a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistance: How sweet it is!

Episode 341 – March 17, 2014

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Scientists close in on a way to make a pain-relieving drug derived from snail venom.

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Advance toward developing an oral pain reliever derived from debilitating snail venom

Episode 340 – March 13, 2014

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Peanut butter and jellyfish: yes, they really go together.

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No joke: Jelly fish like peanut butter

Episode 339 – March 12, 2014

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Turning the page: transforming paper mill waste into usable fuel.

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Waste from age-old paper industry becomes new source of solid fuel

Episode 338 – March 10, 2014

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Old garlic can help keep us healthier.

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Don’t throw out old, sprouting garlic — it has heart-healthy antioxidants

Episode 337 – March 06, 2014

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Privacy and safety could get a big boost at airports.

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Improving explosives detectors for remote sensing: The beginning of the end of full-body scanners?

Episode 336 – March 05, 2014

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Google Glass could help stop e merging public health threats around the world.

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Google Glass could help detect emerging health threats

Episode 335 – March 03, 2014

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Scientists move toward a better treatment for Parkinson's disease.

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Novel compound keeps Parkinson’s symptoms at bay in mice

Episode 334 – February 27, 2014

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How a once-disparaged substance could have surprising health benefits.

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Hempseed oil loaded with health-promoting compounds

Episode 333 – February 26, 2014

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How specialized air filters could block potentially harmful particles from getting into cars.

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Special car air filter keeps small particles in check

Episode 332 – February 24, 2014

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Scientists discover how exercise energizes the heart’s cellular powerhouses.

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Exercise helps cellular powerhouses keep hearts in tiptop shape

Episode 331 – February 20, 2014

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How to tell if your champagne is sensational without popping the cork.

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How to tell when bubbly goes bad before popping the cork

Episode 330 – February 19, 2014

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How electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects.

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Electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects

Episode 329 – February 17, 2014

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Scientists edge nearer to the day when they can create new tissue to fix damaged hearts.

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Toward fixing damaged hearts through tissue engineering

Episode 328 – February 13, 2014

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Chemistry helps end 50 year Olympic medal drought.

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The chemical ingenuity that may have helped an Olympic quest

Episode 327 – February 12, 2014

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Recharging your cell phone could soon be a breeze.

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Tiny windmills could make recharging cell phones a breeze

Episode 326 – February 10, 2014

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Scientists close in a faster way to detect and prevent foodborne illnesses.

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A faster way to flag bacteria-tainted food – and prevent illness

Episode 325 – February 06, 2014

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Coming up, why Central Park helps keep New Yorkers happy.

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Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Episode 324 – February 05, 2014

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What do seashells have to do with preserving old bones? We have the answer coming up on Science Elements.

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Seashells inspire new way to preserve ancient bones

Episode 323 – February 03, 2014

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Why picturing pain could help scientists develop better ways to cope with it. That’s coming up next on Science Elements.

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Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Episode 322 – January 27, 2014

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A better understanding of how bacteria take over human cells could lead to better treatments of infections.  How “reprogramming” one of the world’s most notorious bacteria could help us fight off infectious diseases. Researchers are developing a new way to fend off drug-resistant malaria.

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New ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Target human cells instead
Recruiting E. coli bacteria to combat hard-to-treatment bacterial infections
New strategy emerges for fighting drug-resistant malaria

Episode 321 – January 20, 2014

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How a new test could help detect genetically modified foods. Scientists have unearthed a way to authenticate one of the world’s most famous and desirable truffles. New research could help chocolate connoisseurs get one step closer to confectionary heaven.

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First comprehensive test to detect genetic modification in food
Scientists unearth secrets of Périgord Truffles
Finally, a way to authenticate premium chocolates

Episode 320 – January 13, 2014

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How an inexpensive paper-based device could expand the use of medical tests in remote regions of the world. How metal inks could ease the way toward flexible books. Why literally laundering money could save billions of dollars.

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Paper-based device could bring medical testing to remote locales
Metal Ink could ease the way toward flexible electronic books, displays
Laundering money – literally – could save billions of dollars

Episode 319 – January 06, 2014

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Why researchers are paying closer attention to substances in shampoos and other personal care products that children and their parents use regularly.  How formula-feeding may be linked to an increased risk of disease in later life. Why scientists are concerned about certain substances in vinyl flooring used in daycare centers and schools.

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Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens in babies
Formula-feeding linked to metabolic stress and increased risk of disease in later life
Vinyl flooring linked to potentially harmful substances at schools and daycare centers



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