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NSF Launches Innovation Nation Video Series

Just as the European Commission (EC) established the Innovation Union to spur innovation and step up R&D efforts in Europe, as reported by Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) released Innovation Nation, a 26-part series of videos that reviews some of the NSF-funded inventions and research that are shaping the world.

Research Implicates Heat as the Mechanism Behind Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser treatments often are used to rejuvenate the skin, although the underlying processes have remained mostly unexplained. However, research from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands suggests the laser's heat rather than its light is the mechanism behind skin rejuvenation.

Electrifying Skin Delivery

Iontophoresis is a well-known, noninvasive method that uses a small electric charge to deliver chemicals through the skin. However, according to Gregory Schultz, PhD, and Daniel Gibson, a professor and doctoral candidate, respectively, at the University of Florida, this method of delivery can have its drawbacks. Together with co-inventor, Sonal Sanjeev Tuli, MD, the team developed a method to iontophorese macromolecules into tissue such as the skin without causing damage; however, initial research focused on the eye.

Research on Nano-sized Polymers Reveals Thermal-related Transitions

Research conducted at Kyoto University on nano-sized polymer assemblies could improve the production of nanofibers, new materials and more. For instance, the work led to the finding that the melting point of confined PEGs decreased as their molecular weight, length in this case, increased.

Cellulosic Propylene Glycol Production

Walter Trahanovsky, PhD, a professor at Iowa State University's department of chemistry, and his team have developed a method to convert cellulose to glucose using pressure and high temperatures, but he was surprised to find the method also produced ethylene glycol and propylene glycol—two high value chemicals, one a major component in skin care products.

Water Softener Launched with Skin and Hair Benefits

NuFresh Water Systems, a household water treatment company, has introduced a water softener that is said to combat skin roughness and dull hair by supplying amino acids to household water.

Spray-on Fabric for Fashion, Hygiene and More

A Spanish fashion designer and a professor of particle technology have combined forces to create a spray-on fabric with applications in the fashion, automotive, medicinal and personal care industries.

Sonically Infusing Eye Products

Many mothers have taught their daughters to apply creams, lotions and serums on the eye area using a light dabbing motion. Studying this motion, Robb Akridge, PhD, developed a device to sonically infuse eye products into the skin.

Scientists Develop Graphene-based Nanosheets with Antibacterial Properties

Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a graphene-based nanosheet paper with an inherent ability to fight disease-causing bacteria.

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