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 763 -  Bacteria Can Be Beaten by Maple Syrup

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April 20, 2017 - Maple syrup ingredient could bolster effectiveness of antibiotics.

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No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

Episode 762 - A Stunning Way to Reverse Paralysis

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April 19, 2017 - Scientists seek to reverse paralyzing effects of autoimmune disorders.

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No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

Episode 761 -   High-Tech Biosensors in Contact Lens

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April 17, 2017 - Contact lens biosensors help monitor bodily functions in real time.

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Bio-sensing contact lens could someday measure blood glucose, other bodily functions

Episode 760 - Future Sea Creatures in Savage Oceans

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March 30, 2017 - Some sea creatures could survive in the harsher oceans predicted in the future.

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Some marine creatures may be more resilient to future, harsher ocean conditions than expected

Episode 759 - Zika Mosquito Threat May Still Exists!

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March 29, 2017 - Scientist seek ways to corral mosquito responsible for Zika.

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Probing a mosquito problem for clues in the fight against Zika

Episode 758 -   The ‘Chemistry’ Crime-solving Device

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March 27, 2017 - New powerful ‘glow stick’ could help solve crime, diagnostic testing.

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Scientists develop a bright ‘glow-stick’ marker for cells

Episode 757 -  'Super' Vanilla Flavor

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March 02, 2017 - Scientists develop ‘greener’ way to synthesize vanilla flavorings.

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Making vanilla flavoring with less pollution

Episode 756 -  New 'Easy Breezy' Fabric Softeners

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March 22, 2017 - Innovative technique could lead to more eco-friendly fabric softeners.

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Method could speed up design of more eco-friendly fabric softeners

Episode 755 -  New Synthesis Counters Deadly Bacteria

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March 20, 2017 - New compounds could derail deadly ‘superbug’.

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Fighting MSRA with new membrane-busting compound

Episode 754 -   Rare Sugars for Better Blood Levels

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March 16, 2017 - Rare sugars can lead to better management of blood glucose.

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How rare sugars might help control blood glucose

Episode 753 - A ‘Better’ Cancer Fighter

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March 15, 2017 - Combination of compounds in ginger and chili peppers can help lower cancer risk.

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Ginger and chili peppers could work together to lower cancer risk

Episode 752 -  New Bacteria Detector

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March 13, 2017 - New technique could speed the detection of harmful bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

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Moving toward faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria

Episode 751 -  Chocolate Lovers Discovery

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March 09, 2017 - Fruit seeds could help chocolate lovers avoid a meltdown.

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Jackfruit could help ease looming cocoa bean shortage

Episode 750 - New Studies in Cancer Cells

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March 08, 2017 - Scientists detect how cancer cells squeeze through tiny blood vessels.

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How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels

Episode 749 -  'Safer' Hair dye

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March 06, 2017 - Researchers close in on a safer way to dye hair.

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Toward a safer permanent hair dye that mimics melanin

Episode 748 -  The Little Black Dress

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March 02, 2017 - Science and fashion come together in the latest version of the ‘little black dress'.

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Graphene enters the fashion fray

Episode 747 - Lizard Blood Medicine

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March 01, 2017 - Substances in lizard blood could lead to the development of new antibiotics.

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Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood

Episode 746 -  New Heating Pad

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February 27, 2017 - New see-through heating pad could help prevent burns.

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See-through heating pad could help prevent burns from thermotherapy

Episode 745 -  New Depression Disorder

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February 23, 2017 - Researchers explore how depression can jumble up our thinking.

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How depression can muddle thinking

Episode 744 - New Discovery in Flint Water Crisis

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February 22, 2017 - Scientists reexamine what really triggered the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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A closer look at what caused the Flint water crisis

Episode 743 -  New Wearable Electronics

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February 20, 2017 - Green tea extracts could be used to power wearable electronics.

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Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics

Episode 742 -  New Artificial Cells

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February  16, 2017 - Scientists try to get real and artificial cells ‘talking’ to each other.

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Passing the chemical Turing test: Making artificial and real cells talk

Episode 741 - New Nano Fertilizer

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February 15, 2017 - Nanoparticle fertilizer could revolutionize agriculture in developing countries.

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Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to a new ‘green revolution’

Episode 740 -  Opioid Addiction Solution

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February 13, 2017 - Weight-loss drug could help clamp down on opioid addiction.

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Commercial weight-loss drug could help treat opioid addiction

Episode 739 -  A Cost-effective Way to Diagnose Diseases

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February  09, 2017 - New technique could expand the number of diseases doctors can diagnose without expensive lab tests.

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Expanding point-of-care disease diagnostics with ultrasound

Episode 738 - The 'Bright' Side of Peacocks

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February  08, 2017 - Peacocks inspire ‘greener’ way to dye clothes.

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Peacock colors inspire ‘greener’ way to dye clothes

Episode 737 -  The ‘Smart’ Patch

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February 06, 2017 -  Scientists develop ‘smart’ patch potentially capable of delivering insulin automatically when needed.

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“Smart” patch could soon automatically deliver insulin when needed

Episode 736 -  The Stench in Wine

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February  02, 2017 - Researchers help wine makers solve a stinky problem.

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Corralling stinkbugs could lead to better wine

Episode 735 - New Discoveries in Marijuana Compounds

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February  01, 2017 - Scientists develop better way to measure marijuana compounds in breast milk.

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Testing breast milk for cannabinoids

Episode 734 -  'Heavenly fruit’s Smell'

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January 30, 2017 -  New study reveals secrets behind a heavenly fruit’s hellish smell.

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What’s behind the durian fruits notorious stench

Episode 733 - Life Beyond the Stars

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January 26, 2017 - Researchers ramp up efforts to detect life on other worlds.

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Looking for life in all the right places — with the right tool

Episode 732 - New Disease Detector

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January 25, 2017 - New device could help doctors sniff out disease.

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Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes multiple diseases

Episode 731 - 'Firework Fuel'

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January 23, 2017 -  Power-packed fireworks could lead to the development of new alternative fuels.

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Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Episode 730 - 'Poop perfume'

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January 19, 2017 - ‘Poop perfume’ could help stem disease outbreaks in developing countries.

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Solving poopy problems with science

Episode 729 - New Tattoo medicine

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January 18, 2017 - New ink could allow tattoos used in medicine to disappear after treatment.

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Tattoos mark the spot — for surgery — then disappear

Episode 728 - 3-D Ice Crystals

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January 16, 2017 - 3-D technique reveals how ice crystals really form.

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Scientists gain important insights into how ice crystals form

Episode 727 - Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker

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January 12, 2017 - Scientists detect possible biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.

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MAO is a possible Alzheimer’s disease biomarker

Episode 726 - New Technique for Blood Supplies

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January 11, 2017 - New technique could speed access to blood supplies during emergencies.

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Improving cryopreservation for a longer-lasting blood supply

Episode 725 - High-tech Batteries

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January 09, 2017 - Seawater could help power the next wave of high-tech batteries.

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Could a seawater battery help end our dependence on lithium?



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