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New Sensor Detects When Fruits And Vegetables Are Spoiling
2012-05-01 04:43:15

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com A new sensor may one day be able to help U.S. supermarkets prevent the loss of produce due to spoilage. According to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), supermarkets in America lose about 10 percent of their fruits and vegetables every year to spoilage. MIT chemistry professor Timothy Swager and his students have built a new sensor that could help grocery stores get more efficient at combating the loss. Plants discharge ethylene, a gas that helps...

2005-08-26 18:48:28

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- MIT scientists have developed a new dye that could offer noninvasive early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a discovery that could aid in monitoring the progression of the disease and in studying the efficacy of new treatments to stop it. The work will be published in the Aug. 26 issue of Angewandte Chemie. Today, doctors can only make a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's-currently the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States-through a postmortem autopsy of the...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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