Research Could Strip Wine Of Sulfites — And Health Worries

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Winemakers have added sulfites to preserve their products since the time of the Roman Empire. Sulfites, a class of compounds including sulfur dioxide and sulfite salts, act as antioxidants and antibacterial compounds. They can occur naturally in the winemaking process or can be added by producers to preserve freshness and boost flavor in a vintage. […]

New Research Shows Illegal Levels Of Arsenic Found In Baby Foods

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Researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s have found that little has changed since this law was passed and that 50 per cent of baby rice food products still contain an illegal level of inorganic arsenic. In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a […]

Hazardous Chemicals Discovered In Flavored E-Cigarette Vapor

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Building on more than 30 years of air quality research in some of the most polluted urban environments on Earth, a team of atmospheric scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has turned their attention toward the growing e-cigarette industry and the unidentified effects of vaping on human health. New research published this week in […]

Research Finds Lawn Chemicals Raise Cancer Risk In Scottish Terriers

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Exposure to herbicide-treated lawns and gardens increases the risk of bladder cancer in Scottish terriers, a discovery that could lead to new knowledge about human susceptibility to the disease, according to Purdue University scientists. A team of veterinary researchers including Lawrence T. Glickman has found an association between risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the […]

Higher Antioxidants And Lower Acid Found In Puroast Coffee

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Research findings from the University of California, Davis’ Dr. Taka Shibamoto reveal a specially roasted coffee, Puroast®, has more than 7 times the antioxidants found in green tea and on average, more than 5 times that of the other coffees tested. Acid levels were also tested in this study, and using pH analysis, this data […]

Synthetic Forests And The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Trees

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Synthetic Forests provides an investigation into the devastating effects GE trees could have on our health and the environment. The documentary features interviews with leading scientists and activists who discuss the negative effects genetically engineered trees can have if released into our ecosystems.  The documentary is a tool we can use together to challenge this […]

Indoor Plants Can Reduce Formaldehyde Levels

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Researchers are studying the ability of plants to reduce formaldehyde levels in the air. A study led by Kwang Jin Kim of Korea’s National Horticultural Research Institute compared the absorption rate of two types of houseplants. The results of the experiment on Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) and Fatsia japonica, an evergreen shrub, were published in the […]

Bacteria From Bees Possible Alternative To Antibiotics

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Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey — as we now know it — was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the […]

X-rays reveal uptake of nanoparticles by soybean crops

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Metals contained in nanoparticles can enter into the food chain. Scientists have, for the first time, traced the nanoparticles taken up from the soil by crop plants and analysed the chemical states of their metallic elements. Zinc was shown to dissolve and accumulate throughout the plants, whereas the element cerium did not dissolve into plant […]

Researchers Create A Purple Genetically Engineered Lime

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Scientists are developing genetically engineered limes containing anthocyanin, which are beneficial bioflavonoids that have numerous roles in human well-being, including treating obesity and diabetes. University of Florida horticulture scientist Manjul Dutt is hoping to turn your next margarita on its head by making it a lovely lavender instead of passé pale green. Dutt and Jude […]