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Chemists find better way to manipulate 3D structure of molecules

Chemists find better way to manipulate 3D structure of molecules

Science
Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a more efficient and effective way to manipulate the 3D structure of molecules, a breakthrough that could improve the process of discovering and designing new drugs. The breakthrough builds on the work of chemist Akira Suzuki, who won a Nobel prize for his development of palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions. Suzuki and his research partners showed carbon atoms could be bonded using palladium catalysts. The work aided the drug discovery and synthesis process, but the method only allowed scientists to manipulate molecules in 2D. Most medical compounds involve chiral molecules, molecules that can exist in two forms -- as two mirror images, like a right hand and left hand. Often, the mirror image of a medically beneficial chiral molecule can have ...
Is Dairy-Free Ice Cream Actually Better for You?

Is Dairy-Free Ice Cream Actually Better for You?

Health
Find out how your favorite vegan scoop stacks up against the real thing. If you follow a dairy-free lifestyle, you no longer need to suffer from FOMO when it comes to enjoying a scoop of ice cream. Whether you’re a part-time flexitarian, lactose intolerant, or a strict vegan, grab your spoon because it’s now easy to find oodles of non-dairy options that lack animal products—but not flavor. Non-dairy is now the fastest growing segment of the frozen dessert category; at last count, my supermarket ice cream case featured more than 30 different dairy-free flavors as well as numerous novelties like ice cream sandwiches and bars. RELATED: 5 Things That Might Happen to Your Body When You Give Up Dairy ...
How to Make Richer, Healthier, and Better Tasting Coffee at Home

How to Make Richer, Healthier, and Better Tasting Coffee at Home

Health
Coffee is one of life's pleasures, and it's a superfood, too—linked to a reduced risk of heart attack and dementia, among other conditions. A dose of caffeine also helps clear your head, hone your focus, and improve your gym performance, says Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert and author of Eating in Color.  But while any old cup of joe can deliver these benefits, there's a big difference between so-so coffee and a rich, aroma-filled brew that's truly worth savoring and sets your entire mood for the day. These five tips will help you make the perfect cup at home no matter what method you use. RELATED: What’s the Difference Between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew? Start with the right bea...
North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

Business
Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The results of an appraisal well in the North Sea drilled by a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum were better than expected, a Norwegian regulator stated. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, assessed the results of an appraisal of a discovery proved in 2009. Before drilling, Lundin Norway estimated the discovery held as much as 13.8 million barrels of oil and 14.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas. After drilling, the NPD's results put the size of the discovery as high 69 million barrels of oil and 70 billion cubic feet of natural gas. "The licensees will assess the discovery with a view toward a potential application to conduct test production, probably by tying in the appraisal well to existing infrastructure on the Edvard Grieg field," the r...
Corporate governance standards at PSBs much better than ever before, says Goyal

Corporate governance standards at PSBs much better than ever before, says Goyal

Finance
Emphasising that corporate governance standards being followed by public sector banks are much better than ever before, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal today said the government has stopped the "phone-call thing" coming in from Delhi to the banks. In an apparent dig at the previous UPA regime, Goyal said that not a single phone call would go to "give a loan, to address a loan, to restructure a loan or to settle a loan". Against the backdrop of high amounts of stressed assets in the banking system, the ruling BJP had alleged that earlier, banks used to get calls from the higher ups in the national capital to provide loans to various entities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also made references to it while replying to the debate on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha last month. Goyal told...