Current science news

  • Carbon dioxide resurrected – A new kind of alchemy sees demonized carbon dioxide resurrected as an oxygen source for speedy cyclic alkene conversions while laser beams guide atoms for future quantum interference devices. In medicine, the discovery of a protein made by TB but not present in current vaccines offers hope of a new approach to diagnosis and prevention. However, concerns are raised regarding the effect of anti-inflammatory analgesics on the efficacy of antidepressants. In energy news, solar goes organic and nudges up the efficiency. Finally, the American Chemical Society Public Service Award is announced for 2011.
  • Calcium supplements and heart attack risk – The emerging safety data on calcium may yet become another cautionary tale about the unexpected and undesirable outcomes of targeted supplements. Until more evidence emerges, the safety of calcium supplements will continue to be questioned and debated.

The latest seven science stories to hit DB’s virtual desktop @sciencebase.