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Far from being a food spoiler, the fluorescent lighting in supermarkets actually can boost the nutritional value of fresh spinach, scientists are reporting. The finding could lead to improved ways of preserving and enhancing the nutritional value of spinach and perhaps other veggies, they suggest in a study in ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Gene Lester, Donald J. Makus, and...

Chemicals that helped solve a global environmental crisis in the 1990s — the hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer — may be making another problem — acid rain — worse, scientists are reporting. Their study on the chemicals that replaced the ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) once used in aerosol spray cans, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other products, appears in ACS’ Journal of...

A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are reporting disturbing evidence that soil microbes have become progressively more resistant to antibiotics over the last 60 years. Surprisingly, this trend continues despite apparent more stringent rules on use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, and improved sewage treatment technology that broadly improves water quality in...

Scientists in China are reporting discovery of two proteins present in the blood of people with colon cancer that may serve as the potential biomarkers for accurately predicting whether the disease will spread. Their study is in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication. Maode Lai and colleagues note that in 2008, 150,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from the disease occurred in...

Scientists at L’OrÉal, in hot pursuit of the hidden elements of beauty, seem well on their way to disputing the old adage, “beauty is only skin deep.” In fact, their work indicates that what makes hair curly or straight and skin smooth or rough, is much deeper. It actually is linked to molecules within the body, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Lisa M. Jarvis points out that L’OrÉal, one of the biggest spenders on R&D in the personal care…

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    The percentage of women on chemistry faculties at the top 50 universities continues to rise steadily, albeit very slowly, according to a Chemical & Engineering News survey for the 2009-10 academic year. For the past year, women comprised 17 percent of the total faculties, up from 16 percent in the previous year. Overall, there were 281 women out of a total faculty of 1,685. For the full-text, go to women on chemistry faculties.
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