Slinn Pickings – latest chemistry updates

News catalyst Robert Slinn picks up on the latest happenings in the world of chemistry

  • Antibodies could lead to MRSA vaccine – US scientists have developed antibodies against a protein belonging to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. The researchers say the antibodies, which interfere with the superbug’s growth, are ‘attractive candidates’ for a potential vaccine to prevent MRSA infection.
  • The Best Way To Measure Dark Energy Just Got Better – The best way of measuring dark energy just got better, thanks to a new study of Type Ia supernovae led by Ryan Foley of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • Chandra Images Torrent Of Star Formation – A new Chandra X-ray Observatory image of Messier 82, or M82, shows the result of star formation on overdrive.
  • Study Highlights Flaw In Common Approach of Public Opinion Surveys About Science – A new study from North Carolina State University highlights a major flaw in attempting to use a single survey question to assess public opinion on science issues. Researchers found that people who say that risks posed by new science fields outweigh benefits often actually perceive more benefits than risks when asked more detailed questions.
  • ‘Self’ tobacco more addictive – Research carried out at Victoria University suggests smokers of roll-your-own tobacco may be more intensely addicted to the habit than those who puff on manufactured cigarettes.
  • Columbia University uses technological innovation to study bone structure – A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center announced today the results of the first study comparing bone structure in Chinese-American women to Caucasian women. The report, just presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s annual meeting at Long Beach, CA, found that pre-menopausal Chinese-American women have far greater bone strength than their Caucasian counterparts, as determined by a breakthrough technological advance.