Researchers uncover a hidden calcium–cholesterol connection


Scientists at the University of Alberta and McGill University have discovered a direct link between calcium and cholesterol, a discovery that could pave the way for new ways of treating high blood cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a known risk factor for developing heart disease. The researchers began the work after having their curiosity piqued while studying the role of a calcium-binding protein. Read more

 

Scientists at the Institute of Chemistry (IOC) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry. Read more

 

Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen to produce clean energy can be simplified with a single catalyst developed by scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston. The electrolytic film produced at Rice and tested at Houston is a three-layer structure of nickel, graphene and a compound of iron, manganese and phosphorus. The foamy nickel gives the film a large surface. Read more

 

Fatty alcohols are aliphatic compounds derived from fats and oils naturally originating in plants and animals. Fatty alcohols are derived from fatty acids. They contain an even number of carbon atoms, according to a report by Future Market Insights. They are colourless oily liquids or solid waxy substances. Due to their amphipathic nature fatty alcohols, act as non-ionic surfactants and are widely used in cleaning products. Read more

 

In an interview, Srinivasa Raghavan, Professor and Patrick & Marguerite Sung Chair, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland (College Park) with Chemical Today Magazine discusses about his passion for inventing materials that can adapt to the environment and transform into something much better – to have a positive impact on the society. Read more

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