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Virginia Tech: Mescaline-Like Psychedelic Encourages Synaptic Plasticity Using Small Tissue Samples

Another respected university in the U.S., Virginia Tech, is making valuable discoveries in the field of psychedelics to help people struggling with emotional injuries. Employing a lab process developed in 2015 by Chang Lu, professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech, is helping fellow researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University study the epigenomic effects of psychedelics on mice. Epigenetic science deals with how changes to an organism can alter the physical structure of DNA.
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American Crystal Sugar to sponsor University of North Dakota student design project

American Crystal Sugar Company recently made a donation to the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of North Dakota in the amount of $6,000 to support UND’s chemical engineering senior design capstone program. ACSC is also sponsoring one group of 3-4 students who will complete a number of deliverables to support an evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of adding a municipal solid waste-fueled (MSW) waste-to-energy (WTE) facility at one of the ACSC facilities in order to reduce that facility’s carbon footprint.
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Robert (Bob) Teter, Jr.

Robert (Bob) Teter passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Bob was born on February 7, 1942 in Anmoore, WV. He attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1965. He worked for Eastman Chemical Company his entire career. He was...
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Flint, Robert W. 1932-2021 Olathe, Kan.

OLATHE, Kan. - Robert W. "Bob" Flint, 89, Olathe, passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. He was born Sept. 24, 1932, in St. Joseph. Bob was a veteran of the USAF, a Chemical Engineering graduate of the University of Kansas. He was employed in engineering and plant management for Monsanto and Great Lakes Chemical for a career spanning 34 years and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Olathe.
OLATHE, KS
technologynetworks.com

Mescaline-Like Psychedelic Alters Synaptic Plasticity

A new study suggests that a mescaline-like psychedelic called DOI can cause alterations to epigenomic markers and synaptic plasticity in the mouse brain after a single dose. One in five U.S. adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance of Mental Health. But standard treatments can be slow to work and cause side effects.
MENTAL HEALTH
Azom.com

3D Super-elastic Graphene-based Aerogels Prepared with Atmospheric Drying

Researchers from China recently fabricated super-elastic graphene aerogels (SGA) using ambient pressure drying, thus enabling the large-scale preparation of high-performance graphene aerogels. The as-prepared SGA showed better overall performance and remarkable oil adsorption compared to graphene aerogels produced by freeze-drying. The research was published in the Chinese Journal of Chemical...
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jewishbusinessnews.com

Israeli Innovation: Novel Antibacterial Surgical cut band-aid, monitoring healing

Sutures are frequently mocked in science fiction as being out of date. After all, the method has been in use for at least 5,000 years. Medical science should have progressed since ancient Egypt, right?. Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion’s Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering has finally made science fiction...
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cioviews.com

Ranjeet Banerjee: Transforming Cold Chain Management for the Life Science Industry

In response to the United States government’s Operation Warp Speed initiative, Cold Chain Technologies (CCT) developed a range of thermal packaging solutions in record time to support the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines. CCT’s solutions have proven and continue to be critically important to the success of the massive vaccine distribution campaign worldwide.
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openaccessgovernment.org

Treating mental illness with psychedelics

To try find better solutions to mental health problems across the U.S., researchers looked at drugs to combat mental illness in mice, with results already transpiring from just one dose. One in five U.S. adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance of Mental...
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teslanorth.com

Volkswagen Poaches Apple’s Global Battery Chief to Work in Germany

Apple has hired Soonho Ahn from Samsung SDI Co. back in late 2019 to lead the iPhone maker’s global battery developments, and now the latter has been poached by Volkswagen to work in Germany. — Manager Magazin reports Volkswagen is has hired Ahn to ramp up its PowerCo battery division. According to Ahn’s LinkedIn, he is currently listed as the CTO Battery Division, Group Components, at Volkswagen AG, working in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
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thechemicalengineer.com

Lab-to-Table: Why Chemical Engineers are Key to a Meat-Free Future

Marianne Ellis talks about her work on tissue engineering to find ways to improve societal health by developing biotherapies and non-animal technologies. IN THIS series, we speak to chemical engineers working outside of the fossil fuel sectors, to highlight the breadth of opportunities open to those just starting their careers or seeking to change sectors.
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worldscientific.com

Significance of heat conduction in binary reactive flow of Walter’s B fluid with radiative flux and activation energy

The prime objective of binary chemical reaction (BCR) is concentrated on the study and optimization of chemical reaction to accomplish finest reactor design and performance, which elaborated the interfaces of flow phenomena, reaction kinetics and heat and mass transport. The reactor performance is likely to be linked to the reaction operating constraints and feed composition through the aforementioned factors. The applications of BCR are generally in the petroleum and petrochemical regions, but with the help of chemical engineering and reaction chemistry concepts, it could be used in different areas, like waste treatment, chemical pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles in advanced materials, microelectronics, enzyme technology, biochemical engineering, living systems, renewable energy systems, sustainable development, environment/pollution prevention, as well as to optimize a different reaction framework via simulation and modeling methodology. Owing such physical applications in mind, this research deals with the binary chemical reactive flow of non-Newtonian fluid (Walter’s B) subject to activation energy. Stagnation point is accounted. Radiative flux and ohmic heating effects are considered in the development of energy expression. Concentration and microorganism equations are considered. The governing system is altered to ordinary one through the important similarity variables. Results are obtained through bvp4c technique. All results are discussed graphically. Furthermore, surface drag force (skin friction) and heat and mass transfer (Nusselt and Sherwood) rates are calculated and displayed graphically. Significant results are listed in conclusion.
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Phys.org

Researchers develop new approach to nanoparticles that stop internal bleeding

When a person experiences a trauma that leads to significant bleeding, the first few minutes are critical. It's important that they receive intravenous medication quickly to control the bleeding, but delivering the medication at the right rate can prove challenging. Slower infusions can cause fewer negative reactions, but the medication might not work fast enough, particularly in the case of a serious trauma.
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EurekAlert

Psychedelics show promise in treating mental illness

One in five U.S. adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance of Mental Health. But standard treatments can be slow to work and cause side effects. To find better solutions, a Virginia Tech researcher has joined a renaissance of research on a long-banned...
MENTAL HEALTH
News-Medical.net

Research on psychedelics could lead to new treatments for mental illness

One in five U.S. adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance of Mental Health. But standard treatments can be slow to work and cause side effects. To find better solutions, a Virginia Tech researcher has joined a renaissance of research on a long-banned...
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Nature.com

Engineering transient dynamics of artificial cells by stochastic distribution of enzymes

Random fluctuations are inherent to all complex molecular systems. Although nature has evolved mechanisms to control stochastic events to achieve the desired biological output, reproducing this in synthetic systems represents a significant challenge. Here we present an artificial platform that enables us to exploit stochasticity to direct motile behavior. We found that enzymes, when confined to the fluidic polymer membrane of a core-shell coacervate, were distributed stochastically in time and space. This resulted in a transient, asymmetric configuration of propulsive units, which imparted motility to such coacervates in presence of substrate. This mechanism was confirmed by stochastic modelling and simulations in silico. Furthermore, we showed that a deeper understanding of the mechanism of stochasticity could be utilized to modulate the motion output. Conceptually, this work represents a leap in design philosophy in the construction of synthetic systems with life-like behaviors.
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