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Issue 493 In This Issue September 10th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that scientists have figured out how to make oranges taste like grapefruit with a kind-of 'fruit alchemy'? Apparently grapefruit is widely used in the perfume, food, and beverage industries however being that it takes a lot of grapefruit to produce the required product, and the orange industry is much larger then the grapefruit one, this could help open up another, much bigger, source. Click here

Speaking of figuring things out, have you heard that researchers have done a study on E. coli bacteria and found that it can adapt, from being completely non-antibiotic-resistant, to survive in 1,000 times the antibiotic dose, as would have killed it if it were not resistant, in just 10 days? Click here

On a slightly different subject, are you aware that scientists now have a new technology with which they can read books without opening them? Or at least the first few pages of the books anyway. They achieve this using T-rays, or terahertz radiation, and believe this could "help researchers scan ancient books that are too fragile to open", among other things. Click here

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Science Watch

Scientists make oranges taste like GRAPEFRUIT using incredible 'fruit alchemy' technique
They are perhaps some of the most popular fruit to be found on breakfast tables around the world. But now scientist have found a way of making oranges taste like grapefruit. Using a form of fruit alchemy, researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a way of modifying naturally occurring compounds in oranges to alter their smell and taste. They say this could provide a new cheap and plentiful source of grapefruit aroma and flavouring for drinks, food and the perfume industry. The technology uses a modified enzyme to convert a compound called valencene found in oranges into the complex molecule responsible for the distinctive taste and smell of grapefruit. Known as nootkatone, this molecule is large and complex, meaning it is difficult to synthesis artificially. Instead industry relies upon it being purified from grapefruit – an expensive and time consuming process. It takes around 400 tons of grapefruit to produce just 2lbs of the flavouring. Yet grapefruit is one of the most commonly used essential oils in the perfume industry and is also widely used to flavour confectionary, soft drinks and other foods. Dr Luet Wong, a chemist at the University of Oxford who developed the new technology, said: ‘The process requires little energy and generates almost no waste in contrast to conventional chemical processes.

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Watch the birth of a SUPERBUG: Incredible experiment shows how bacteria evolve on a giant petri dish
Incredible time-lapse footage reveals the path of bacteria as they grow to be ‘superbugs,’ ultimately thriving in the antibiotics meant to kill them. To capture these remarkable observations, researchers constructed a giant petri dish and recorded the progression of E. coli exposed to various doses of medication. This breakthrough is thought to be the first large-scale glimpse of these processes, showing evolution at work as bacteria adapt to increasingly high doses of antibiotics. Scientists from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology constructed a 2-by-4 foot petri dish to study the adaptations of Escherichia coli (E. coli) over the course of two weeks. Their findings are discussed in a paper published today in the journal Science. The team split the giant dish into sections of varying dosage to create a device dubbed the Microbial Evolution and Growth Arena (MEGA) plate, inspired by the 2011 film Contagion. Those on the outermost rim were free of any drug, while the next level contained just enough antibiotic to kill the bacteria. And, in each subsequent section, the dose increased 10-fold, with 1,000 times as much antibiotic at the center than in the areas with the lowest dose.

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Technology Watch

New Tech Could Read Books Without Opening Them
Using technology akin to X-ray vision, scientists can read closed books, identifying letters printed on stacks of paper up to nine sheets thick. This finding could lead to office machines that can scan reams of paper at once, or help researchers scan ancient books that are too fragile to open. The researchers also said it could perhaps help spies read mail without opening envelopes. The prototype device uses terahertz radiation, the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and infrared light. Previous research has found that terahertz rays, or T-rays, possess a number of advantages over X-rays, ultrasound waves and other kinds of radiation that can penetrate surfaces. For instance, terahertz rays can distinguish between ink and blank paper in a way that X-rays cannot. They can also scan across depths to yield higher-resolution images than ultrasound can accomplish, according to the researchers. The new system relies on how different chemicals absorb different frequencies of terahertz radiation to varying degrees, the scientists said. As such, it can tell the difference between paper that has ink on it versus paper that does not.

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Now you never need leave your sofa: Bizarre self driving LIVING ROOM can detach from your house and turn into a car
It is a bizarre concept that could mean you really do never need to leave your sofa. A new concept called Tridika is the ultimate home extension. The pod serves as part of a living room, until needed - when it detaches and turns into a driverless car. The cube-shaped people mover concept hovers on magnetic levitation tracks. 'It would serve as a means of transportation as well as extra space for your living quarters or office,' says Charles Bombardier of Imaginactive, who came up with the concept. 'This driverless electric vehicle aims to change how we use cars in our ever-growing cities, where space is expensive and limited.' Bombardier created the concept after reading about a new  multiway elevator concept developed by ThyssenKrupp.  'It gave me the idea to work on a vehicle for people living in multi-story apartment blocks,' he said. 'They mostly use the subway or the bus, which are excellent ways to commute; but what if they don’t want a car, but do want some form of personal transportation system that can multitask?'  The Tridika works like a driverless car that you can literally park next to your living room and use as an additional room.  It has no wheels, and works on the same principles as a maglev train, taking its energy from the tracks

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Food Watch

The Tricky Thing About Labeling Foods as Locally Grown
We’re living in an age of conscious consumption. For many of us, settling for the cheapest, quickest option doesn’t cut it; we want to know that our purchases are not contributing to economic or environmental degradation. One of the best places to spot this trend? Our food shopping habits. We’ve learned about the demise of the small farmer, the incredible distances most ingredients travel to our plates, and the damage industrial farming is doing to our soil and air—and we want something different. Recent polling shows that for most Americans, purchasing food from local producers is a high priority. According to a 2014 survey by Cone Communications, almost three-quarters of Americans stated that buying locally was a significant factor in determining what they buy, and 77 percent of shoppers consider the sustainability factor of what they purchase. According to another survey from Consumer Reports, two-thirds of shoppers specifically look for a label indicating that a product has been grown locally.

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In The News

Wells Fargo fined $185M for fake accounts; 5,300 were fired
Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's largest banks, has been hit with $185 million in civil penalties for secretly opening millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts that harmed customers, federal and state officials said Thursday. Employees of Wells Fargo (WFC) boosted sales figures by covertly opening the accounts and funding them by transferring money from customers' authorized accounts without permission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Los Angeles city officials said. An analysis by the San Francisco-headquartered bank found that its employees opened more than two million deposit and credit card accounts that may not have been authorized by consumers, the officials said. Many of the transfers ran up fees or other charges for the customers, even as they helped employees make incentive goals. The findings stem in part from a Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit filed last year in which Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer accused the bank of violating California unfair competition laws.

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An Economic Mystery: Why Are Men Leaving The Workforce?
At 4.9 percent, the nation's unemployment rate is half of what it was at the height of the Great Recession. But that number hides a big problem: Millions of men in their prime working years have dropped out of the workforce — meaning they aren't working or even looking for a job. It's a trend that's held true for decades and has economists puzzled. In the 1960s, nearly 100 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. That's fallen over the decades. In a recent report, President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers said 83 percent of men in the prime working ages of 25-54 who were not in the labor force had not worked in the previous year. So, essentially, 10 million men are missing from the workforce. "One in six prime-age guys has no job; it's kind of worse than it was in the depression in 1940," says Nicholas Eberstadt, an economic and demographic researcher at American Enterprise Institute who wrote the book Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis. He says these men aren't even counted among the jobless, because they aren't seeking work.

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