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Article ID: 690463

From Landfill to Lipstick: Grape Waste as a Cosmetic and Food Ingredient

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The world drinks a lot of wine, and that means a lot of grapes are consumed every year. But not every part of the grape ends up in the bottle. Seeds, stalks and skins — roughly a quarter of the grapes —- are typically discarded in landfills as waste. But now, researchers say they have found some useful commercial applications, such as prolonging the shelf life of fatty foods, for these wine leftovers.

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Article ID: 690487

Progress Toward a New Flu Treatment, Thanks to a Small Tweak

American Chemical Society (ACS)

This year’s unexpectedly aggressive flu season reminds everyone that although the flu vaccine can reduce the number of people who contract the virus, it is still not 100 percent effective. Researchers report that a tweak to a small-molecule drug shows promise for future production of new antiviral therapies that could help patients, regardless of the strain with which they are infected.

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Article ID: 690466

Living Sensor Can Potentially Prevent Environmental Disasters From Fuel Spills

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The Colonial Pipeline, which carries fuel from Texas to New York, ruptured last fall, dumping a quarter-million gallons of gas in rural Alabama. By the time the leak was detected during routine inspection, vapors from released gasoline were so strong they prevented pipeline repair for days. Now, scientists are developing technology that would alert pipeline managers about leaks as soon as failure begins, avoiding the environmental disasters and fuel distribution disruptions resulting from pipeline leaks.

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Article ID: 690492

The Swiss Army Knife of Smoke Screens

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Setting off smoke bombs is more than good fun on the Fourth of July. The military uses smoke grenades in dangerous situations to provide cover for people and tanks on the move. But the smoke arms race is on. Increasingly, sensors can now go beyond the visible range into the infrared (IR) region of the spectrum.

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Article ID: 691199

ACS National Meeting Online Press Conferences Begin Monday, March 19

American Chemical Society (ACS)

All press conferences from the American Chemical Society’s 255th National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans will be accessible live on YouTube starting on Monday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. CDT. The link to the live press conferences is http://bit.ly/ACSLive_NOLA (“ACSLive_NOLA” is case sensitive).

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Article ID: 691144

Unlocking On-Package Memory’s Effects on High-Performance Computing’s Scientific Kernels

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Intuitive visual analytical model better explains complex architectural scenarios and offers general design principles.

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15-Mar-2018 8:40 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691109

Chasing Storms Through Terabytes of Data

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Toolkit lets scientists detect extreme weather in climate simulations far faster than before.

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13-Mar-2018 7:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 690637

For Blind Gamers, Equal Access to Racing Video Games

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Computer Scientist Brian A. Smith has developed the RADa racing auditory displayto enable visually impaired gamers play the same types of racing games that sighted players play with the same speed, control, and excitement as sighted players. Developers can integrate the audio-based interface, which a player can listen to using a standard pair of headphones, into almost any racing video game, making a popular genre of games equally accessible to people who are blind.

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Article ID: 689430

Fancy A Jellyfish Chip?

Biophysical Society

Mathias P. Clausen, a Danish researcher, became intrigued by jellyfish when he bit into the marine delicacy and experienced an unexpected crunch; he decided he wanted to “understand the transformation from soft gel to this crunchy thing.” Clausen and other scientists combined their expertise in biophysics and biochemistry to gain a better understanding of how food preparation affects jellyfish from the inside out. They will present their work during the 62nd Biophysical Society, held Feb. 17-21.

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Article ID: 689514

‘Lipid Asymmetry’ Plays Key Role in Activating Immune Cells

Biophysical Society

A cell’s membrane is composed of a bilayer of lipids, and the inside-facing layer is made of different lipids than the outside-facing layer. Because different lipids create membranes with different physical properties, researchers wondered whether different lipid compositions in the bilayer could also lead to different physical properties. They will present their work exploring this “lipid asymmetry” during the 62nd Biophysical Society Meeting, held Feb. 17-21.

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