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Conifer scent influences climate

( —Conifers emit volatile hydrocarbons, primarily terpenes, which we experience as the characteristic smell of the woods. In a complicated series of reactions involving ozone and sulfur dioxide, these compounds ...

dateJan 09, 2014 in Materials Science
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Slaying bacteria with their own weapons

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned last fall that the U.S. faces "potentially catastrophic consequences" if it doesn't act quickly to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, which ...

dateJun 26, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Rice chemist wins 'Nobel Prize of Cyprus'

Rice University organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has earned three prestigious international honors, including the Nemitsas Prize, the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive and one of the most prestigious scientific awards ...

dateAug 21, 2014 in Other
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Chemists find a way to escape from flatland

( —A new method for coupling together secondary and tertiary boronic esters to aromatic compounds which preserves the 3-D shape of the boronic ester is described by researchers from the University of Bristol in ...

dateJun 09, 2014 in Materials Science
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How to tell when bubbly goes bad before popping the cork

In the rare case that New Year's revelers have a bottle of leftover bubbly, they have no way to tell if it'll stay good until they pop the cork and taste it at the next celebration. But now scientists are reporting a precise ...

dateFeb 05, 2014 in Other
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