Midnight In The Desert — chemistry

Common artificial sweetener likely a safe, effective birth control and pesticide

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Because of its quick lethality to freshly hatched flies and the ability to halt egg production, the artificial sweetener behind Truvia could be a potent but safe pesticide, according to a new study by Drexel University researchers.

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High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats

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High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats

A study from Stockholm University have now established what was previously suspected, that the high levels of brominated flame retardants measured in cats are from the dust in our homes. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study shows that cats are exposed to chemicals found in electronics and furniture, chemicals that become dust and can adversely affect health. It is the first time that this connection has been verified. In a previous study, the researchers demonstrated that brominated flame retardants were found in higher concentrations in the blood of cats that had developed...

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Periodic table elements named for Moscow, Japan, Tennessee

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Periodic table elements named for Moscow, Japan, Tennessee

You'll soon see four new names on the periodic table of the elements, including three that honor Moscow, Japan and Tennessee. The names are among four recommended Wednesday by an international scientific group. The fourth is named for a Russian scientist. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which rules on chemical element names, presented its proposal for public review. The names had been submitted by the element discoverers. The four elements, known now by their numbers, completed the seventh row of the periodic table when the chemistry organization verified their discoveries last December. Tennessee is the second U.S....

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