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Atomic Structure of 'Cold' Receptor Uncovered Aiding Therapeutic Targeting
Atomic Structure of 'Cold' Receptor Uncovered Aiding Therapeutic Targeting
News   Dec 11, 2017

A team of researchers have made the first determination of the atomic structure of Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 8. This finding should boost ongoing efforts by scientists to target TRPM8 therapeutically.

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Food Additives: EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool
Food Additives: EFSA Launches DIY Exposure Tool
News   Dec 11, 2017

Applicants can make their own estimates of exposure to food additives thanks to a new user-friendly version of a tool called the Food Additives Intake Model (FAIM).

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Reading on Electronic Devices Hinders Understanding of Scientific Concepts
Reading on Electronic Devices Hinders Understanding of Scientific Concepts
News   Dec 11, 2017

In a study, a group of adult readers who frequently used electronic devices were significantly less successful on a reading comprehension test after reading several scientific articles compared to those who used those devices less frequently.

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Metabolomic Profiling Identifies Taurine as New MS Therapeutic
Metabolomic Profiling Identifies Taurine as New MS Therapeutic
News   Dec 11, 2017

New research suggests that administering taurine, a molecule naturally produced by human cells, could boost the effectiveness of current multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies. The discovery also highlights the potential for a technique called “metabolomic profiling,” which can identify useful endogenous metabolites the body already makes in small quantities, such as taurine, for new applications in drug therapies.

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‘Stressed Out’ Cocoa Trees Could Produce More Flavorful Chocolate
‘Stressed Out’ Cocoa Trees Could Produce More Flavorful Chocolate
News   Dec 11, 2017

Most people agree that chocolate tastes great, but is there a way to make it taste even better? Scientists found that the weather had the largest effect on chemical composition. Overall, the antioxidant content increased and fat content of the beans decreased during the dry season as temperatures rose and soil moisture dropped. The researchers say these differences could contribute to variability in cocoa bean flavor.

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New Automated Screening Method for Identifying Drug Candidates
New Automated Screening Method for Identifying Drug Candidates
News   Dec 11, 2017

Scientists at DESY have developed a new method that enables automated and fast screening of promising drug candidates.

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Off Road Diesel Vehicles Contribute to Pollution
Off Road Diesel Vehicles Contribute to Pollution
News   Dec 11, 2017

Wildfires, cigarette smoking and vehicles all emit a potentially harmful compound called isocyanic acid. The substance has been linked to several health conditions, including heart disease and cataracts. Scientists investigating sources of the compound have now identified off-road diesel vehicles as a major contributor.

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Two Proteins Dictate Visual System Axon Stabilization
Two Proteins Dictate Visual System Axon Stabilization
News   Dec 11, 2017

Scientists have made an important discovery concerning the development of layer-specific axonal connections in the developing visual system of Drosophila flies.

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Uptake of Controlled Release Drug Delivery Technology Set to Increase?
Uptake of Controlled Release Drug Delivery Technology Set to Increase?
News   Dec 11, 2017

The increasing access to healthcare facilities and the bolstering need for drugs to be used orally has been driving the consumption of generic drugs among people across the world, which, in turn, is fueling the need for controlled release technology for drug delivery to suffice the availability of drugs in small dosages.

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New Form of Matter Discovered
New Form of Matter Discovered
News   Dec 11, 2017

Scientists have proven the existence of an enigmatic new form of matter, which has perplexed scientists since it was first theorized almost 50 years ago - excitonium. This discovery was facilitated by using a novel technique they developed called momentum-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy.

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