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The tarantula venom targets the heat sensor on nerve
cells known as the capsaicin receptor, first cloned in 1997. The capsaicin
and related receptors trigger nerves to fire pain signals when exposed to
Death Valley-like heat or the fiery properties of peppery food, mustard oil
and other compounds. Human pain-sensing neurons also have these receptors
on their surface, and some pain treatments have been developed that target
them. The capsaicin receptor acts as a channel on the nerve surface. When
certain compounds bind to it, the receptor channel opens, allowing a stream
of charged sodium and calcium molecules to rush into the nerve cell. This
generates an electrical signal that travels to the brain to produce pain.
A single 30-minute treatment with a hair dryer-like device kills head lice more effectively than chemical preparations, apparently by drying the bugs and their eggs to death. If the device, called the Louse Buster, wins U.S. regulatory approval, it could be on the market for schools, clinics and other institutional settings within two years, the report from the University of Utah said. The study, published in the November issue of "Pediatrics," the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the device blows air at a slightly cooler temperature than a hair dryer. The parasites may be dried to death, the study said. Previous research had found that lice eggs, called nits, lose their amniotic fluid in hot conditions making it difficult for them to hatch. An earlier study involving a hair rinse using the pesticide permethrin killed 60 percent of eggs, compared to 98 percent mortality with the dryer. The hot air dryer is also likely to avoid the problem of lice developing drug-resistant strains, the authors said.
Outlook for Chemists in the US
While chemical scientists and engineers who have not changed jobs continue to post gains in salary of close to 5 percent per year, unemployment figures for the past year only dropped modestly, according to the November 6 Employment Outlook section in Chemical & Engineering News. C&EN is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The percentage of chemists in the domestic workforce who are ACS members and didn't have fulltime jobs as of March 2006 was 8.7 percent, C&EN says. This was down from 9.2 percent from a year earlier, but well above the most recent low of 5.4 percent in 2001. The median salary for chemists in the same job rose to $86,900 this year, from $83,000 in 2005; the pay for those with bachelor's degrees went from $64,000 in 2005 to $67,200 this year; for master's degrees, from $75,000 to $79,000; and for Ph.D.'s, from $92,000 to $96,000. The median is the point at which half of the salaries are above that point and half are below it. A sign of changing demographics in the chemistry field, female graduates received a greater percentage of the B.S. chemistry degrees in 2005 than males -- 52.3 percent compared to 47.7 percent. This is a significant change from the breakdown for all working chemists, where 65.2 percent are male and 34.8 percent are female. Hispanics and Blacks each made up 6 percent of the B.S. chemistry graduates in 2005. This, too, is growth compared with 3.6 percent and 2.8 percent respectively in the pool of all working chemists. To read the full C&EN Employment Outlook Section, go to: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/84/8445cover.html
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