Chemistry & Physics
Giving out vape starter kit vouchers on the NHS could help even hardened smokers quit, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia. Researchers worked with GPs and the NHS stop smoking service, which is commissioned locally by Public Health at Norfolk County Council, to set up a pilot vape shop voucher scheme to help patients who had tried and failed to quit smoking in the past. An evaluation of the scheme, funded by Norfolk County Council, showed it was a big success – with 42% of the entrenched smokers who were referred to it and redeemed their vape voucher having quit within a month.
- Nicotine & Tobacco Research
Research examining traces of parasites in medieval Cambridge residents suggests that monks were almost twice as likely as ordinary townspeople to have intestinal worms – despite monasteries of the period typically having far more sanitary facilities.
- International Journal of Paleopathology
Rachel Letteri, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia, has received a $1.8 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early-Stage Investigators from the National Institutes of Health to unlock the enormous promise of peptides as medicine.
- NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Newly discovered magnetic interactions in the Kagome layered topological magnet TbMn6Sn6 could be the key to customizing how electrons flow through these materials. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted an in-depth investigation of TbMn6Sn6 to better understand the material and its magnetic characteristics.
- Physical Review X
Stanford engineers created a more efficient and flexible AI chip, which could bring the power of AI into tiny edge devices.
If you’re despairing at recent reports that Earth’s water sources have been thoroughly infested with hazardous human-made chemicals called PFAS that can last for thousands of years, making even rainwater unsafe to drink, there’s a spot of good news. Chemists at UCLA and Northwestern University have developed a simple way to break down almost a dozen types of these nearly indestructible “forever chemicals” at relatively low temperatures with no harmful byproducts.