Friday, April 20, 2012

Your News and Notes for Friday, April 20, 2012

A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for editors have been researching why there has been an increase in scientific paper retractions. Read more.

ORNL process improves catalytic rate of enzymes by 3,000 percent of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme's function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of other products. Read the News Release.

Analysis of 3-MCPD Fatty Acid Diesters in Palm Oil Using a Triple Quadrupole LC/MS/MS
Application News--Introduction to the quantitative analysis of 3-MCPD fatty acid esters in palm oil using LC/MS/MS. Synthetic 3-MCPD-dipalmitoyl ester and3-MCPD-dioleoyl ester were used as standard samples. Read more (.pdf)

New insights into Escherichia coli metabolism: carbon scavenging, acetate
7thSpace Interactive (Newsrelease)--Glycerol has enhanced its biotechnological importance since it is a byproduct of biodiesel synthesis. A study of Escherichia coli physiology during growth on glycerol was performed combining transcriptional-proteomic analysis...Read more.

Bayside Capital Makes Investment in Desmet Ballestra In Support of Comprehensive Debt Restructuring Capital announced that it has completed an investment in Desmet Ballestra.  Desmet Ballestra, headquartered in France, is the world’s leading provider of process engineering services, plants and equipment for the oil and fat industries and for the detergents and surfactants industries. Read more.

Supersizing Makes Consumers Feel More Important, Says Study
Huffington Post‎--What's the real reason consumers like their meals supersized? They boost a person's sense of importance, according to a new study. Read more.

Air Products Showcases Gases and Chemicals Solutions at 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo
PR Newswire--Air Products (NYSE: APD) will be highlighting its diverse portfolio of gases and chemicals solutions that can help processors in the fats, oils, and related industries increase sustainability and process efficiency, improve safety and product quality, and help lower total operating costs at the 103rd AOCS (American Oil Chemists' Society) Annual Meeting & Expo in Long Beach, Calif., from April 29-May 2. Read the News Release.

Vilsack Adamant: Call It the Food, Farm and Jobs Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed the North American Agricultural Journalists annual convention in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Auditors deal setback to EU agricultural reform European Court of Auditors dealt a blow to the European Commission’s overhaul of agricultural policies, saying in an opinion that the proposals are “too complex” and expose the EU to possible abuse in its direct payments scheme. Read more.

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.  Read more.

Abstract Alerts

Shotgun lipidomics analysis of 4-hydroxyalkenal species directly from lipid extracts after one-step in situ derivatization
Miao Wang, Huafeng Fang, and Xianlin Han. Analytical Chemistry. Just Accepted Manuscript. Read the abstract.

Uncertainty in techno-economic estimates of cellulosic ethanol production due to experimental measurement uncertainty
Vicari KJ, Tallam S, Shatova T, Koh K, Scarlata CJ, Humbird D, Wolfrum EJ, Beckham GT
Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:23 (17 April 2012). Read the abstract.


*Printed abstract booklets will NOT be available at the 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo. In a responsible effort to encourage sustainability, the abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be provided in electronic format.  Registrants should have received access information via email. If you need help accessing abstracts please contact Donna Elbon at

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