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  • Team develops bioprocess for converting plant materials into valuable chemicals

    A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting of acetate and xylose into high-value bioproducts. Lignocellulose, the woody material that gives plant cells their struc more

  • Consumption of Added Sugar Doubles Fat Production

    Even moderate amounts of added fructose and sucrose double the body’s own fat production in the liver, researchers from the University of Zurich have shown. In the long term, this contributes to the development of diabetes or a fatty liver. Sugar is added to many common foodstuffs, and people in Swi more

  • Biodiesel made from discarded cardboard boxes

    Automobile exhaust emitted by fossil-fuel-based vehicles, especially those operating on diesel, is known to be a major source of fine dust and greenhouse gases. Using biodiesel instead of diesel is an effective way of coping with climate change caused by greenhouse gases while reducing fine dust emi more

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How Do Evergreen Trees Stay Green?

While some trees drop their leaves in autumn, others stay green all year round. How do they accomplish this, and what’s the benefit? This graphic takes a look at some of the chemical tricks these trees utilise.  more

Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Honey is something of an oddity, in that, unlike most foods, it doesn’t spoil over time. In fact, the oldest known sample of honey, found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb and dated to approximately 3000 years ago, was still perfectly edible (supposedly*). What is it, then, that gives honey this unusual p more

World Diabetes Day

Here’s a mini-graphic taking a quick look at what diabetes is, and the differences between the three main types. more

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Glucose

Glucose Glucose (Glc), a monosaccharide (or simple sugar ), is an important carbohydrate in biology . The living cell uses it as a source of energy and metabolic intermediate. Glucose is one of the main products of photosynthesis and starts ... more

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