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Researchers create light emitting diodes from food and beverage waste


LEDs are a type of device that can efficiently convert electricity to light. Unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which direct 80% of the energy consumed to producing heat, LEDs direct 80% of the energy consumed to producing light. This is made possible by the fact that LEDs do not require ...


Top 12 ways the world can eliminate agriculture's climate footprint

Impact of eating less red meat, more efficient production and use of fertilizer calculated; emissions can be cut while boosting food production globally


Annual carbon emissions from global agriculture can be reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent by 2030—the equivalent of removing all the cars in the world—according to a comprehensive new report released by Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates. The study highlights twelve key ...


Better-tasting reduced-fat desserts: Coming soon?


Adjusting the calcium level and acidity could be the key to developing new better-tasting, more eye-appealing and creamier reduced-fat sauces, desserts and salad dressings that could be on the market soon, researchers reported. To date, a major problem with removing fat from these accompaniments ...


Vinyl flooring linked to potentially harmful substances at schools and daycare centers


Large areas of vinyl flooring in daycares and schools appear to expose children to a group of compounds called phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive and developmental problems, scientists are reporting. They published their results on the ubiquitous plastic ingredients in the ACS ...


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Salmonella sensing system

A new approach to detecting food contamination enables real-time testing of food and processing plant equipment


As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end ...


Making a common cosmetic and sunblock ingredient safer


Using a particular type of titanium dioxide — a common ingredient in cosmetics, food products, toothpaste and sunscreen — could reduce the potential health risks associated with the widely used compound. The report on the substance, produced by the millions of tons every year for the global ...


Flame retardant ban reduces exposures in pregnant women


Phasing out the use of potentially harmful flame retardants in furniture foam, electronics and plastics has lowered pregnant women's exposure to the substances, which are associated with health problems in both pregnant women and their newborns. The new study, which was published in the ACS ...


Chemophobia shouldn't be on the menu

New Dartmouth study finds many people unnecessarily fear low amounts of chemicals in their food


When it comes to what's for dinner – or breakfast and lunch for that matter-- many people suffer from chemophobia, an irrational fear of natural and synthetic chemicals that pose no risk to our health, a Dartmouth study finds. Chemistry Professor Gordon Gribble, whose paper appears in the journal ...


Keeping fruit, vegetables and cut flowers fresh longer


New technology offers the promise of reducing billions of dollars of losses that occur each year from the silent, invisible killer of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers — a gas whose effects are familiar to everyone who has seen bananas and other fruit ripen too quickly and rot. That's the ...


'Seeing' the flavor of foods


The eyes sometimes have it, beating out the tongue, nose and brain in the emotional and biochemical balloting that determines the taste and allure of food, a scientist said. He described how people sometimes "see" flavors in foods and beverages before actually tasting them. "There have been ...


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