Monday, December 17, 2012

News and Notes for Monday December 17, 2012

Vitamin D Levels Linked to Daytime Sleepiness
A strong but complicated association exists between vitamin D levels and daytime sleepiness, and race is a major factor, according to a small new study. Read more from HealthDaily News.

Palm Oil Slumps to Three-Year Low as Stockpiles Reach Record
Palm, the world’s most consumed cooking oil, tumbled to the lowest level in more than three years amid record inventories in Malaysia and on signs that global supplies will be more than enough to meet demand.  Prices have declined even as soybeans jumped 22 percent this year and wheat advanced 25 percent. Read more from Bloomberg.

Oil Crops Outlook
The USDA Economic Research Service has released its latest monthly report which "... examines supply, use, prices, and trade for oil crops (primarily soybeans and products)."

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $10 million in research grants to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs.  Read the News Release.

Grain Sorghum Ethanol Qualifies as a Renewable Fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program
EPA has issued a Final Rule in which determines that "... ethanol made from grain sorghum at dry mill facilities that use natural gas for process energy meets the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reduction threshold of 20 percent compared to the baseline petroleum fuel it would replace, and therefore qualifies as renewable fuel ..."

Abstract Alerts

Biopolymers as a Flexible Resource for Nanochemistry
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.Schnepp, Z. (2012), doi: 10.1002/anie.201206943. Read the abstract.

Enhanced Anticancer Potential of Encapsulated Solid Lipid Nanoparticles of TPD: A Novel Triterpenediol from Boswellia serrata
Shashi Bhushan, Vandita Kakkar, Harish Chandra Pal, Santosh Kumar Guru, Ajay Kumar, D. M. Mondhe, P. R. Sharma, Subhash Chandra Taneja, Indu Pal Kaur, Jaswant Singh, and A. K. Saxena
Molecular Pharmaceutics. Article ASAP. Read the abstract.

Simultaneous determination of methylcarbamate and ethylcarbamate in fermented foods and beverages by derivatization and GC-MS analysis
Shin H, Yang E. Chemistry Central Journal 2012, 6:157 (13 December 2012). Read the abstract.

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