How strong is your booze?
Both legitimate brewers and distillers - and authorities on the track of illicit alcohol from home stills - will soon have a helping hand. Measurement experts have unveiled a portable device to determine the strength of alcoholic drinks quickly and easily, almost anywhere. Published in the ... more
Reject watermelons -- the newest renewable energy source
Watermelon juice can be a valuable source of biofuel. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels have shown that the juice of reject watermelons can be efficiently fermented into ethanol.
Wayne Fish worked with a team of researchers at the USDA-A ... more
The popular insect repellent deet is neurotoxic
The active ingredient in many insect repellents, deet, has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system. Researchers writing in BMC Biology say that more investigations are urgently needed to confirm or dismiss any potential neurotoxicity to humans, especially when deet-based repell ... more